Golf has been played on The Coast for over 100 years and in that time there have been a number of very different and variable condition golf courses established. In the 'far north' of  The Coast (it is, in fact, lots of kilometres north of Wellington!!) is Karamea, a neat little 9-hole links course that is situated in the sand dunes right on the beach just north of the village. The hospitality here is legend and the couple of tournaments that are played there each year are very popular with Coast golfers. Not long but the sort of tricky holes that can bite you in the 'you-know-what' quickly, especially if the wind is coming off the sea, and it must be said that's not all that unusual. While it may not be everybody's cup of tea to drive 100kms just to play on an out of the way 9 hole course, the drive takes you through some pretty spectacular country and there are famous names, like Mokihinui, Denniston, Stockton and Granity that are worth finding out about.

After Westport and a drive through the Buller Gorge, (and here you'll see some pretty impressive roadmaking- most done with pick and shovel way back when,) you are in the Inangahua River Valley where your next golfing stopover could be Reefton. This is a very well maintained (all voluntary) 12 hole course just outside the 'Town Of Light' (so named because this was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric street lighting! After a pleasant stay in Reefton you can make an easy drive down the road to Greymouth

The newest golf course is another interesting wee 9 hole course that is situated just out of Moana at Lake Brunner. It is part of an accommodation establishment and has some interesting short but nicely shaped par 4s and a really tricky wee par 3 will make for a pleasant afternoon's golf.

The final offering on The Coast is another 9 hole course and is found at Whataroa (the stepping off town for the white heron sanctuary at Okarito, and just up the road from Franz Josef Glacier.) While down in this neck of the woods you will find a lot of other FANTASTIC things to do after experiencing the pleasure of the tricky wee Whataroa GC.

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