A brand new 9 hole golf course is now open in Tekapo and it is only a few minutes walk from the lodge – The Cairns. Developed by the enterprising Simpson family, it is another venture to add to their Balmoral Merino meat and LoveMyMerino wool clothing range.
The course was opened by Sir Bob Charles but we didn’t manage to get there for the celebrations due to hosting commitments. However, a week later, a lovely Australian couple staying in house advised me they were off to Twizel to play golf after breakfast. “But why not Tekapo?” I exclaimed. They didn’t have clubs with them, but no problem. I rang Andrew and he said he could supply clubs and cart. The green fees and hire are so inexpensive our guests didn’t believe me at first. So off we went to meet Andrew on site where he set up our guests for a game and then gave me a quick tour of the course.
The course has one of the best views of the area overlooking Lake Tekapo with snow-capped mountains in all directions. The terrain is largely untouched with the mountain tarns as water hazards. It is a natural unspoilt environment just stunning in the magnificence of the scenery. And there was no one else there! Walking tracks and mountain bike trails are still to be established along with a clubhouse. The Simpsons see it as a community facility and welcome everyone to use the space.
Alistair is making noises about joining the club. I told him he would be too busy too chase small white balls but I think he has his eye on a few games when some mates come down to stay. Welcome to golf widowship… and ski widowship and hunting widowship…
Brother Richard arrived from Rotorua to stay early January proudly presenting me with the latest edition of The Cut which features The Cairns on the front cover. As an avid golfer (his wife Mary conceded defeat and learned to play) he “tested” the course and reported back favourably. There were grumblings about lost balls but we know where the fault lies with that particular dilemma!
Guests who arrive at Lake Tekapo Lodge late afternoon could factor in a twilight 9 holes. In summer it does not get dark until 10pm and those glorious calm warm evenings are conducive to a round. We can arrange hireage for you so no excuses. The Cairns has to be one of the most uniquely picturesque courses in New Zealand.