Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we are sorry to announce that the 2020 Tournament has been postponed till next year - Watch this space for further information
2019 Tournament Results
2019 Tournament Results:
2019 Tournament Photos:
Itinerary for 2020 Nelson Festival of Golf
Sunday 26th April:
Registration day at Nelson Golf Club.
Between 12noon and 3pm
- We welcome participants along to register for the tournament
- You can:
- Sign up for the 2’s competition throughout the week
- Ask any questions of the committee
- Pick up your goody bags and generally meet old friends in the comfort of the clubhouse. The café will be open so you can chat over a coffee or have a nice lunch whilst enjoying the views over the course.
As in previous years, Nelson Golf Club offers you courtesy of the course to go out and play 9 or 18 holes to get a feel for the course, especially useful if you’re a newcomer to the tournament. Please call the pro shop to arrange this. 03-548-5028
Monday 27th April at Nelson Golf Club
The competition of the day will be an Ambrose format, as it keeps everybody involved and allows you to ignore the odd bad shot on your first day of competition. It will be a good fun day and a great start to our week.
Today, we have the qualifying for the Long Putt competition. Over the last few years this has proved to be a great success and everyone has one putt to see if they can qualify for Friday’s Final Putt Off. Don’t miss your chance!
There will be a daily prize giving event after play in the clubhouse.
Tuesday 28th April at Greenacres Golf Club:
First day of the individual tournament, with a shotgun start at 9.45am. There will be handicap divisions in both male and female groups. There will be a daily prize giving event after play in the clubhouse. For returning competitors, you will notice we are now going to alternate each year on the playing days for the Motueka and Greenacres courses. This year we visit Greenacres first.
Wednesday 29 April:
This is your rest day to explore all that our region has to offer. If you are looking for options, just ask us!
Thursday 30th April at Motueka Golf Club:
Second day of the individual tournament, with a shotgun start at 9.45am. You will be staying in the same divisions as you started the tournament, even if the day falls on a day when handicaps have changed. You will, however, be playing off your new handicaps. There will be a daily prize giving after play in the clubhouse.
Friday 1st May at Nelson Golf Club:
The third and final round of the individual competition, so it’s all to play for today! Today’s shotgun start will be at 9.15am – so make sure you’re not late! The reason for this earlier start time is to allow the caterers time to get the room ready for the evening dinner after we have our daily prize giving for the day’s round. We will also be holding the final of our Long Putt competition at the end of play today when everyone not taking part can stand on the balcony and watch/cheer/heckle as the lucky qualifiers do battle on the 18th green!
This evening we will hold our Tournament Dinner and Grand Prize-Giving at Nelson Golf Clubhouse. Timings are approximate at this stage but we plan for arrival around 6pm for a 6.30pm dinner.
If you have any questions regarding the itinerary, or the tournament in general, please contact us directly on our NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, which is: [email protected] and we shall endeavour to get back to you with an answer to your query as soon as possible.
We very much look forward to seeing our returning competitors and also meeting all the new ones for what will be a fantastic week here in the beautiful Nelson Tasman region.
Nelson Festival of Golf - The Courses
Nelson Golf Club
Day 1 & Day 4: Nelson Golf Club
Nelson Golf Links has a new Course Superintendent in Greg Galway, and he has brought his own style to the course. Following the severe damage the course suffered in February when we were hit by two cyclones, a blue moon and a kind tide, we wondered if our course would recover. I am pleased to tell you that the course is playing in great condition, thanks to the work started by our then Course Superintendent, Brendon O’Hara, and followed up by Greg and his team. At the Pro Am held at the end of September, the visiting pro’s were very unanimous with the compliments on the condition of the course.
In the past few years, the course has played host to many major amateur championships. The NZ Amateur Championship, NZ Seniors Championship and the New Zealand Age Group Championships are a few of the events played here.
Entrants from all events were extremely complimentary about the course layout and condition, with particular mention of the first class greens.
The club has also hosted the 2018 National Ladies Foursomes Tournament in November and also the 2019 Ladies National Masters Tournament in April 2019.
Greenacres Golf Club
Day 2: Greenacres Golf Club
Greenacres Golf Course enjoys stunning scenery from almost every part of the course. The Best Island golf course features a great layout that will test your golfing skills to the full. Players at the recent Waimea Championships, which was held at the club, were full of praise on the condition of the course.
Motueka Golf Club
Day 3: Motueka Golf Club
Winners of the 2018 Holden NZ Golf Club of the Year. President, Peter Johnston and his team have done a fabulous job at the Club and the award is testament to all their hard work….well done to you all.
Motueka Golf Course is a wonderful tree lined parkland course when Sir Bob Charles visited the course for a round of golf, he left calling it one of New Zealand’s hidden gems.
Praise indeed from a Kiwi golfing legend.
All three of these golf course provide a superb challenge individually, but when we add them all together for this fabulous tournament, you are spoilt by the quality and difference that they offer you as golfers.
Add to that the friendly atmosphere that exudes throughout the week and you have found the perfect mix. Come and join us for a great week here in the wonderful Nelson region – you’ll never want to leave !
Nelson Festival of Golf- The Competitions
We will be continuing the formula that has worked so well in our previous events. This will involve a team day and three individual days of golf.
Please be assured that we wish to keep the fun element to our tournament and any decision we make will be done on that basis. We want you all enjoy yourselves while you are here in Nelson, and go away very happy.
The great thing about a shotgun start, is the terrific atmosphere in the clubhouses after the golf. Our event is known as “the friendly tournament” and it is our aim to make sure everyone enjoys their week and goes away with great memories and new friends, and maybe a few new jokes !!
There will be a Team Competition on the Monday. This is the only team competition of the week, and this time round we will again make it an Ambrose format, making it great fun for everyone.
Teams of 4 will play together for team prizes, teams can be all men, all women or mixed. No worries if you don’t have a team of 4, we will make sure everyone is included in a team, just let us know on your entry form if you require help with that.
There will be a daily individual Stableford competition on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, we will have handicap divisions based on the numbers of men and women entering the tournament.
There will also be a cumulative weekly individual Stableford competition, split into the same divisions from the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday scores. With players split into divisions everyone will be in with a chance to win a prize.
All golfers are aware that things don’t always go right on the course and good scores are very difficult to achieve on a regular basis. We understand that, so every day of the tournament we have a selection of “Lucky Draws” which gives everyone in the clubhouse at that time, the chance to win a prize. Usually it’s a voucher for a local restaurant or activity, and it means just for being here you could still be a winner !
$265 which includes 4 rounds of competition golf, 1 round of practice golf, prize giving dinner, plus a golf gift on registration. There is also an optional Two’s comp for the week at $10.
Entry is restricted to members of golf clubs and the maximum handicaps are 30 for men and 36 for ladies.
At the Prize Giving Dinner, non playing partners are very welcome, just tick the box on the entry form and pay the amount due.
For 2020 we are proposing to run a Quiz night during the week which will include a main course meal. Cost would be $25. please note we will need a minimum of 60 entries to make this work.
Around the Festival
Through the week, golf lessons run by our club professionals will be available before or after the competition so that players can work on different aspects of their game.
Speak to Sean Riordan and his team at Total Golf: 03 548 5028
Food, Wine and Boutique Beer
For the connoisseur; Check out Nelson’s fantastic boutique and organic brewers and wineries and enjoy delicious meals featuring Nelson’s plentiful sea food.
Abel Tasman National Park
Take a day trip to the world famous Abel Tasman National Park and maybe walk part of the track.
Register for the Nelson Festival of Golf
Register your intent to play the Nelson Festival of Golf.