The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
46 THE CUT “ The brief was to create a fun and interesting new venue for the Manukau Golf Club and it was about, trying to create a challenging club course that’s still fun to play. Club players shouldn’t have to contend with 500-plus-yard holes and super-narrow fairways. We want players to enjoy their round, to enjoy the game’s ebbs and flows. Holes should be about a mix of birdie opportunities and bogey possibilities. It’s all part of the fun.” Tataurangi stresses that as far as the design team goes, they left their egos at the gate, saying that “if some of the holes are easy on certain days we’re OK with that”. “Our suggestion to the club was that they create an overall experience that is a little different, that Manukau Golf Club become a beacon for promoting fun and interesting golf and continuing to advance the game. As a sport, golf has a lot of stresses and challenges, just as it has a lot of opportunities. It’s been around for a few hundred years and it will endure, but it’s transitioning to a different generation of people, their environment and their work/life balance. The challenge for the game is to stay ahead, to be proactive.” While Tataurangi is delighted to see the emergence of New Zealand talent at international level and positive performances from the likes of Danny Lee, Tim Wilkinson, Michael Hendry, Lydia Ko and Cathy Bristow, he is firmly of the opinion that golf should be viewed as a way of life rather than a career opportunity. “It’s hard to make a living from the game on the world stage. But as a recreation, golf is a game you can play for life. Its virtues are that it is a game of honesty and etiquette and it places you under the spotlight and helps you to learn how to handle pressure. “It is my belief that there’s not a better sport you can gift your daughter – one that will enhance her in the business world. If she can play golf when she walks into a business environment in this day and age she walks in with a quite powerful asset, one that will provide her with great opportunities. Golf is a great asset for young men, of course, but particularly for young women.” If proficiency in golf will make a young woman stand out in the crowd, blending in with club members and visitors to Windross Farm is a future dream of Tataurangi’s. “I am hanging out for the course to be played and I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve and finding out which holes people like best. I want to be able to walk into the clubhouse in a couple of years and sit down and listen to the conversations going on around me. Hopefully, what I’ll hear is that people have enjoyed the experience, not only of playing but of their time spent with others on the course.” Tataurangi is heavily involved in the $15 million development of Windross Farm, the course being created for Manukau Golf Club at Ardmore, south Auckland.
The Cut - Spring 2016