Did you know that golf is played by more New Zealanders than any other sport? There are 390 golf clubs in New Zealand which places the country second in the world for the number of course per capita for the population of 4 million so getting on the tee is never a problem. Only Scotland with 543 courses for 5 million people has more golf courses per capita.
It is the highest club participation sport in the country, with around half a million Kiwis playing the game. A total of 105,000 New Zealanders are affiliated to golf clubs around the country and all up around 5 million rounds of golf are played annually.
Golf is so popular because it is one of the most affordable sports in the country. Kiwis can play at top quality club courses for as little as $25 and membership is also very reasonable across New Zealand.
So if you're a keen golfer, from anywhere in New Zealand or elsewhere in the world, you can enjoy a wonderful golfing experience right here in Hanmer Springs. And if you want to bring your family along as well, there are plenty of family friendly golf experiences - e.g. mini golf or the hot pools, for the whole family to enjoy.
We have lined up the region's golf experiences for you right here so you can plan your trip - and book your Hanmer Springs accommodation, all in one go.
Hanmer Springs Golf Course, 133 Argelins Road, Hanmer Springs
First up of course is the 18 hole Hanmer Springs Golf course - originally formed in 1911 as a nine hole course. The course has changed a lot in one hundred years, with alterations in 1923 starting the move toward the present 18 hole layout.
One of the great pleasures of a good round of golf is to be playing and walking between holes in stunning surroundings and Hanmer is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand to enjoy fresh mountain air, snow capped peaks and the beauty of the green and lush Hanmer Basin. If you have tried and enjoyed Terrace Downs or Millbrook, you definitely need to add Hanmer to your list of golf course "must do's".
The course is a reasonably flat, easy walking course suitable for all ages and abilities. Hanmer Springs Golf Course is open every day of the week and you can hire golf clubs, trundlers and golf carts if required.
A-Maze n Golf, 1 Fraser Close, Hanmer Springs
Explore the Lost Temple or play the Gold Rush themed 18 hole mini golf course (or do both with a combination pass!). A-Maze n Golf is located just two minutes walk from our Park, so we know it will be a favourite with the family when you stay with us! It is open from 10am daily and prices range from $10 for children and $12 for adults through to several different family pass options.
Alpine Crazy Putt, 1 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs
In the heart of the Village is Alpine Crazy Putt mini golf offering fun for the whole family, there is even a waterfall with a river running through the course. This is a longer walk, or maybe a hop in the car and drive to the other end of the Village, just a block away from the hot pools.
Kowhai Creek Pitch n Putt Golf, 88B Argelins Road, Hanmer Springs
Test your golf skills on the 300 m driving range and pitch n putt holes at Kowhai Creek. This 18 hole course features island greens, elevated 'tee offs', water hazards, trees and white sand bunkers. The average hole is 50 metres taking you a step above mini golf, clubs are available.