New Zealand Golf is the governing body for golf in New Zealand responsible for the development and promotion of the game.

Age to start:

New Zealand Golf has developed the Junior Plus programme to help local clubs offer quality junior golf programmes. The programme provides a structured, seasonal coaching programme that allocates juniors into small teams with their own coach who has been trained in the New Zealand Golf coach education programme. 9 to 15 years is a common age bracket for children to begin learning and playing the game of golf. It is recommended that children start golf at upper primary to early secondary school age.

The First Tee programme is dedicated to impacting the lives of young New Zealanders by providing learning facilities and educational programmes that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.


Rules of the game:

The basic rules of golf are:

  • A round of golf consists of 18 holes by which each hole is assigned a par score as to how many shots should be taken before getting the ball in the hole.
  • A player begins by taking a tee shot. A tee shot is taken from between but not in front of the tee markers.
  • A player must play the ball as it lies.
  • When on the putting surface you must putt the ball at the hole with the flagstick removed
  • Once you successfully putt the ball in the hole you mark down how many strokes it took for you to do this. This will give you an indication as to whether you are playing the course better or worse than par.

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Golf is a game suitable for both boys and girls. Ideally children can begin to learn the basic skills of golf when they are in their upper years of primary school or early years of secondary school.

Golf is a non contact sport that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for children. Risk of injury is low with golf promoting physical fitness and mental application.


Sign up dates for joining a golf club or booking a golf lesson can occur at any time throughout the year. Contact your local golf club to enquire about membership fees or how to book a golf lesson from the club professional.

Sporting tips:

In order to successfully participate in golf you require;

  • Excellent hand/eye coordination
  • Mental strength and the ability to work through difficult situations
  • A sound level of physical fitness

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