This was the last course I played on the North island on my April trip to NZ, right after Paraparaumu Beach.
The course is easy to find and amongst all I have played, it had the most lively feel to it. I played it on a Wednesday afternoon,1pm, and the course was packed, and I mean packed. There was hardly any space left on the parking are, the pro shop was very busy just like the restaurant. I taught they had a tournament or something, it turned out that was not the case, just a nice sunny day. So my advice, book in advance, don't expect to arrive and to be able to get a tee time.
I had some time before the round and spent it on the terrace of a very nice clubhouse with friendly staff overlooking the magnificent 18th fairway and green.
The range was basic but had all the things one would require, you can hit the ball from grass or mat and the range balls are complimentary.
The course itself is a lovely parkland design, it's obvious that it has been there fore a while and could use some makeover, especially on some of the back nine holes, some extra vegetation along the border line fairways would go a long way into making it a more pleasant experience, that being said, the course does boost with some of the oldest and largest trees I ever saw on a golf course, and the versatility of the vegetation is impressive.
The lay of the course makes it quite fun to play, not to difficult in terms of running the risk of losing your ball in the rough, it is quite manageable, I guess you only need to be concerned of the ball going swimming and there are a few places to chose where you want to have swimming lesson. The course is relatively flat and physically not demanding, you can easily walk it, I fact, most people on that day did no. If you play from the black tees, you also have the option of really hammer it with your long irons or driver, some par 5's are quite challenging. They had some problems with burned out fairways, nothing major, and they did just did the aeration on the greens, which made it a bit difficult to put accurately, however, I have been been told by my playing partners that, in other circumstances, the greens are among the best, I am inclined to believe them, at least from what I saw.
All in all, had a lot of fun playing the course and would recommend it if you are in the area.
ZigaStajner | 17-04-2019 | review: Royal Wellington Golf Club