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Golf in South Canterbury

South Canterbury, New Zealand golf courses are renowned for being picturesque and well maintained. With more courses per capita than anywhere in the southern hemisphere, the region has something to offer every golf enthusiast. Views from most courses are stunning, with outlooks stretching from ocean to alps. Course options range from championship level to rural club courses and the low green fees will surprise you!


Golf Courses in South Canterbury

Timaru Golf Club, 
  • short drive from Timaru or Temuka at Levels
  • designed by English professional Mike Wolveridge
  • host to several interprovincial championships
  • flat course with gently undulating tree-lined fairways
  • well designed greens protected by mounds and bunkers
  • excellent test of driving and pitching skills
  • panoramic views of the Southern Alps
  • Golf Shop open daily, all golfing equipment for hire, professional coaching available

Geraldine District Golf Club
  • Located on Orari Station Road, the Denfield course is an excellent, extremely well groomed 18 hole course. With flat to slight undulations this course suits all levels of golfers. visitors welcome to play on all club days. www.geraldinegolf.co.nz 

Grande Vue Golf Club, Geraldine
  • A 9 hole course located on the hillside of Geraldine. The course consists of rolling downs and very picturesque holes. A delightful course with a reasonable level of fitness required. Visitors welcome to play at any time. Scenic views across South Canterbury. Walking distance from Geraldine town centre. 
  • located in Geraldine, approx 30 minutes drive from Timaru

Gleniti Golf Course, Timaru
  • located in west Timaru, picturesque 18 hole course with superb views of sea and mountains
  • attractive trees, shrubs, and ponds with plenty of wildlife
  • Golf Shop open all day Saturday and other times as required; full stock of golf equipment available

St Andrews Golf Club
  • approx 15 minutes south of Timaru, beautiful tree lined and challenging 18 hole course
  • views from the alps to ocean
  • Golf Shop has clubs and carts for hire

Temuka Golf Club, 
  • picturesque course set alongside the banks of the Temuka River in park like surroundings
  • gentle terrain offers easy walking but a challenging game of golf

Pleasant Point Golf Club
  • park-like surroundings with a natural creek running through the second nine
  • magnificent views of the Southern Alps

Highfield Golf Club, Timaru
  • gentle slopes around a hillside lead to a ridge overlooking northern Timaru 
  • panoramic views well worth the climb 
  • "The Dive" to get back down the ridge in one hole, presents an interesting challenge for club selection 
  • while the course is not long, the last three holes provide a good challenge to even the best golfers


Browse our activities listings for more information about New Zealand Golf courses and contact details for each course, or for advice from a local expert, talk to the team at one of our Visitor Centres.

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