It’s fitting that Royal Wellington Golf Club was selected to host the ninth staging of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship this month. It is the preeminent club in the nation’s capital given it boasts the tradition and required infrastructure to accommodate one of the world’s three most prestigious amateur tournaments.
Founded in 1895, Royal Wellington has a storied history. It has hosted the New Zealand Open on seven occasions and became the first club in the country to be granted royal status. To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the R&A, Queen Elizabeth bestowed the Royal decree upon the club in 2004.
Royal Wellington’s 27 holes consist of the Heretaunga championship course and the Terrace nine. The best amateurs from the Asia-Pacific will tackle the Heretaunga layout that utilises a very picturesque site adjacent to the Hutt River.
The championship course reopened in 2014 after undergoing a complete redesign by Turner Macpherson Golf Design. Greg Turner and Scott Macpherson created 13 new holes and the parkland layout now measures 6,601 metres (7,219 yards) and plays to a par of 72.
Royal Wellington Golf Club
28 Golf Road, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, Wellington
Green fee: $85 (Member’s guest); $125 (NZGA affiliate); $195 (Visitor)
+64 (04) 528 6900