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SportsTalk: The Twilight Zone

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Although golf is technically a winter sport, golfers of all abilities look forward to daylight saving, as suddenly there is a window of opportunity after work to sneak in nine-holes of golf before dinner and domestic duties.

More and more golf clubs offer special rates outside of competition time for casual golfers to take out their frustrations of the day on a little round 1.68in object.

Golf course staff invariably start work at daylight, so have their machinery washed down and locked away by 3.30pm, which means the casual golfer causes no interference with operations and for just a small fee they can share the fairways with our birdlife for two hours and watch the setting sun over the Kaimais.

As well as catering for casual golfers, most clubs run Twilight Golf over the summer season. Twilight Golf provides a great opportunity to pit your skills against others in a relaxed competition – usually over nine holes.

As well as the opportunity to win a frozen chook or a bottle of wine, this is a great way to meet fellow casual golfers as you can just rock up on Twilight Night, and somebody will make sure you get in a game and join in the conviviality.

This is also a great way for the not-too-serious golfers to learn the rules and etiquette of the game in a relaxed environment. You don’t need a handicap but if you become a regular, the host club will give you a ‘twilight’ handicap.

Here are a list of clubs that host twilight golf during the summer months. Entry fee includes the chance to win a prize and it’s a good idea to ring the club beforehand to check availability.

An added bonus is that at most clubs you can get a great meal from the on-site cafe afterwards.


Lakeview: Wednesdays, $9 for all golfers
Ohope: Tuesdays, $5 for all golfers
Omanu: Thursdays from 3.30pm, $20 for casuals
Otumoetai: Wednesdays $12 for casuals
Mount Maunganui: Fridays, $15
Rotorua Golf Club: Thursdays, fees to be advised.
Tauranga Golf Club: Most evenings from 4pm, $10 for 10 holes,
Thames Golf Club: Wednesdays, $12 for casuals
Te Puke: Fridays, $10
Waihi: Tuesdays, nine hole Business House (teams of 4)
Whakatane: Thursdays from 4pm, $5
Whangamata: Fridays at Williamson for $5; Sundays from 4pm at Titoki for $10

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