Details about the Nopera Golf course

What it is all about?

Nopera is a compact nine hole course with two tee blocks for each green. The blue tees play longer than the red and offer different risk and reward strategies to golfers. It is a short course due to the physical constraints of existing within a working farm, but offers difficulty due to the proximity of out of bound fences, trees and a deep creek that bisects the property.

It lies across the road from the sea, and has areas of gentle elevation with staggering views of the Kenepuru Sound and the surrounding bush clad hills.

Its current iteration is due to a relatively recent redevelopment when it was transformed from a rural course with electric fences around the greens and resident stock to a proper links and a destination in its own right. Increasingly it is becoming part of the local cultural and tourism scene with allied activities such as fishing, cycling, tramping, kayaking, sailing, and relaxing in the local accommodation.

There is a Croquet Court on the course adjacent to the clubhouse and equipment available to hire at very reasonable rates for both sports. In other words, no need to avoid an impromptu trip because the clubs aren’t in the car.

Nopera Bay Golf Club is run entirely by volunteers who care deeply about maintaining the course to a high standard and continue ongoing development. It boasts modern equipment and a comprehensive irrigation scheme to enable good playing conditions year round despite a high rainfall climate interspersed with hot dry summers.

The Marlborough Sounds comprise twenty percent of the coastline of New Zealand, but Nopera in the Kenepuru Sound has the only golf course in the region.

Nopera Golf Course layout