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Golf: Coming To Kiwiland – Chisholm Park - Dunedin's Not Your Average 'Muni'

Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

Given that there’s the Balmacewen course at the prestigious Otago Golf Club. And according to “Dunedin’s best golf course at St Clair.”

Why would anyone choose to play a “Muni” (Municipal golf course) with a name to match any “muni” in Mid-West America?

It used to have the fabulous, descriptive name of Ocean Beach Links and only the golfing gods know why they changed it to the less appealing Chisholm Park.

Why would I choose to play there?
Because it’s a stunning Scottish links-style golf course.

This is from the club’s website 
“Playing golf in Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the south, you should tee it up on a Scottish links course and Chisholm Park Golf Club is the course you must play! With stunning beauty and ocean views the course plays to a par 71, measuring 5700 metres (6300yds)…Regarded as the best links golf course in the South Island.”

“The Edinburgh of the south”???
As someone born and raised a few miles from Edinburgh I’d agree it does have an “Auld Reekie” feel about it. Especially when it has a statue of Rabbie Burns prominently displayed in The Octagon. Dunedin’s city centre

A final suggestion for those who’ve gone so far south in the South Island and yet still in need of more golf.

John Huggan, the golfing correspondent for the Scotsman newspaper and other global publications. And who is frequently criticised for his caustic comments e.g. doesn’t mince his (critical) words.
Therefore when he complements the Southland Golf Club at Oreti Sands it’s worth acting on his advice.

“Oreti Sands was particularly enjoyable and incredibly good value for money. In fact, this remote and dramatic course has the potential to be that ever-elusive 'hidden gem' you read about in the glossy travel magazines. Such is the quality and variety of an endless stream of interesting and challenging holes. Go there soon; this is a great place to play golf."

And now I’m back to where I started. The top 20 Golf courses and the debatable choice of same which doesn’t include Oreti Sands

Finally, this comment found in the Southland Golf Club’s web site

“We visited Invercargill during the Rugby World Cup and happened upon a golf course we consider is New Zealand's best kept secret. A few Km outside the city towards the coast nestled amongst the sands dunes that border this area, we played at the southernmost 18 hole golf course in the world…we've played a number of links courses in Scotland and England and this course stands as one of the best we've had the pleasure of playing on.” -

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