John Huggan, European
golfing correspondent, said that Oreti Sands
is one of the two best Kiwi courses he has played.
"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."
Former top NZ
Professional golfer, Greg Turner (now into golf course
design) and his associate Scott Macpherson secured funding in
2006 to develop the course and work commenced on altering the layout in
January 2007. Four spectacular new holes have been added, four have
been removed and several others modified.
The new layout was
officially opened for club members on 7th March 2009. On Monday 9th
an exhibition match was played between Peter Senior & Peter
O'Malley versus Peter Fowler & Mahal Pearce.
Greg Turner believes this course has the
potential to be amongst the finest Links in the Southern Hemisphere.