Greg Turner has been thrilled with how his newly designed Woodlands Course at the Harewood Golf Club has been rated by the players this week at the John Jones Steel Harewood Open on The Charles Tour.



Since hanging up the clubs eight years ago Turner has forged a good partnership with Scott MacPherson to become a renowned course designer both on the national and international stage.


Here in New Zealand he has done great work at the Millbrook Golf Resort, Oreti Sands, Cromwell and is currently working at Royal Wellington to name a few. His work at the Harewood Golf Club has transformed the layout into one of the best club courses in the country.


With two rounds of two over par 74 in his first competitive tournament in eight years, Turner has also shown that he still has the ability to compete.


But the most pleasing thing for Turner is being able to see how the course plays from the black tees in tournament conditions and mixing with the elite professionals and amateurs.


The totally redesigned Harewood Golf Club has received rave reviews from the players leading the Charles Tour event.


Josh Munn (2011 Muriwai Open Champion, Leader after rounds of 69 and 68):

“It’s an awesome course. It makes you think the whole way around and you have to have a good short game to score well.  If you are going to miss the greens you have to miss them in the right areas. There are a lot of tricky up and downs and it’s a good challenge. I love it. I like the greens. I like a course that has a real challenge on the greens and that is where you have to score here. I get a good vibe from it.”


Emily Perry(Six-time Charles Tour winner, second in women’s field after rounds of 71 and 72):

“I played the old one about five or six years ago and this one is just stunning. I really love the greens. They are the purest greens I have played on in a long time. He has done really well here. This course really is a pleasure to play.”


Fraser Wilkin (2012 Muriwai Open Champion, currently tied 12thwith rounds of 73 and 73):

“I love this course and I think Greg has done a great job with this place. It is a real thinking man’s golf course and you have to put your ball in the right areas. If you miss the greens in the wrong places then you are left with pretty tough up and downs. There are birdie opportunities out there but as you can see by the scoring it is not an easy layout from the blacks.”


Oscar Cadenhead (Clearwater amateur, tied fourth after rounds of 70 and 73):

“I really enjoy this course. There are a few tricky greens and the changes have made it a great layout. It was a good course before and it still is now, even better.”


Troy Ropiha (Harewood Course Record Holder 66, currently tied fourth):

“I really like the layout. He has done a good job. There are parts of the course that are quite new so it will just get better in time. I didn’t like the course after round one because I didn’t play well [shot 77] but I played really well [in round two] to break the course record and now I like it. The greens are a good test with lots of subtle breaks.”


Daniel Pearce (NZ rep, currently second after rounds of 70 and 71):

“I really like this new course. Greg Turner has done a great job with the way he has made this course especially around the greens and the surrounds. It is a good test and you have to hit the ball in the right areas. I am really enjoying it here this week. It suits my game. A bit of length around here helps because it is not the shortest course.”


Sarah Bradley (NZ rep, leader of the Women’s Open with rounds of 75 and 67):

“I love it. It is all about where you position yourself off the tee. It is not a long course for the women but you can’t hit driver everywhere and you need to give yourself full shots into the greens. You can’t just hit it anywhere on the green. You really need to position yourself as well. It is fun golf.”  


Phil Aickin (NZ Golf Manager, John Jones Steel Ltd Harewood Open Tournament Director):

“After the comments I was hearing I was really looking forward to seeing Turns work here and I am impressed. This is a test of golf similar to what you will find internationally and the greens, while undulating, provide a good number of pin positions to test the player’s skill. The fairways are generous in width but as the approach shots are challenging you need to position yourself for the best angle of attack. As a Club course I would rate this easily in the top 10 in New Zealand and it will only get better.”


Greg Turner (Harewood Course Designer, Currently tied 21stafter rounds of 74 and 74):

“It is great to hear that feedback. What I have been amazed with, especially locally, is the number of people talking about how severe the greens are. The number of guys who have come up to me and said I have heard that these greens are really severe but they are fine. Whoever thinks these are severe needs to go and play a few more places around the world to see much harder layouts out. But it’s nice to hear that positive feedback from all the players and for the members to hear that there is nothing wrong with this course at all, it is actually a lot of fun.”






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