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Cheap Golf Clubs to get a handicap in NZ

If you are in New Zealand and love your golf it may be worth while looking for a cheap golf club to join so you can become an affiliate golfer (You don’t even have to play at the club you join). This means that you save money on green fees at most NZ golf courses, as most courses have one green fee price for affiliate golfers and one for non affiliate golfers. It also means that you can obtain a New Zealand Golf handicap.

Very handy if you don’t want to play all your golf at just one club, but want a handicap.



Mount Nessing Golf Club(1939)

What an interesting and enjoyable golf course.

Mount Nessing Golf Club 2nd Hole Woolshed

The Mount Nessing Golf Course is open between February and the start of November and is in deep New Zealand farming country 40km inland from Timaru and not far from Farilie.

This is what the New Zealand can do attitude is all about. Everything is maintained by Club volunteers from working the bar in the great little clubhouse to mowing the fairways and greens. The course itself is no push over most holes on this 9 hole layout have an out of bounds for the slicer and during the winter months there is little run on the fairways. You have approach shot to small greens (without fences around them) that either are subtlety sloping away from you or in to you depending on if you are going up or down the course. Even though called Mt Nessing it is an easy walk with no real hills.

Watch out for some pockets of well placed thick tussock like grass and remember to put your $1 in the tin if you hit the tree off the 6 thtee. This goes to greens maintenance.

If you go to Mt Nessing the locals will look after you.


Adult $110

Green fees $10 



Tarras Golf Club 


Another great small golf club to join is Tarras in Central Otago on the main road between Christchurch and Queenstown not far from Cromwell (the road runs through the middle of the course).

No clubhouse, just an honesty box to put your $15 green fees into. Greens have fences around them to keep the sheep off. If you hit a fence you get to replay the shot. White markers indicate where the fairway is because you get to place the ball on the fairway. Fairways have a bit of sheep dung on them. Fun course.  

We have no affiliation to Tarras, we just heard about it. Yearly membership is $150nzd (as at 01 Feb 16).

To get a membership form just contact


Tarras Entrance and Highway 8 passing through the Golf Course. You must open the gate and remember to close it behind you. 


Ph: (03) 445 2222


Holes: 9 Par: 36 Length: 2830m




Tarras first tee, rules and honesty box




First hole a par 3 142m to the shed in the background.


Please add any other golf clubs that golfers can join for under $100 per year.

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