Guest post from Brett James, General Manager at Pegasus Golf & Sports Club
We’ve had some exciting news here at the Pegasus Golf Course this month, with Golf Australia Magazine recently naming its top 25 New Zealand golf courses. We came in at 8th place overall and the number one course in Canterbury.
Here’s the review –
It’s not often you get a touring professional offering unsolicited compliments about golf courses but Australian touring pro Lindsey Wright did just that during an interview recently.
“Pegasus is beautifully presented but it’s the kind of course where you have to really think about your playing options, which I really like,” Wright said of the venue for her 2012 Women’s New Zealand Open victory.
I have to agree with her. Pegasus is an impressive newcomer to the NZ golf scene and after two growing seasons it is offering the kind of playing surfaces you might expect at a course where the green fee is twice the price.
I’m very proud of my team, there is a really good buzz around the place at the moment, and rightly so. It goes to show that hard work really does pay off and not only were we rated 8th but we are also excellent value for money at $50 and everyone is welcome at our course.
In other news, we will be holding the inaugural Pegasus Golf Open on 17th June. We’ll have free use of the driving range prior to the tournament starting at 10am. I am really looking forward to kicking off the event for the first time and hopefully this will become an annual fixture on our club’s competition calendar.
To download the entry form go to our website – www.pegasusgolfcourse.co.nz
Guest post from Jenny Lake, Business Development Manager at Pegasus
We have enjoyed a very busy summer season here at Pegasus this year. We’ve built a really strong reputation as a great venue for loads of different events and I’m excited to see how quickly Pegasus has grown in popularity. It makes my job so rewarding to see such a range of people out enjoying the wonderful facilities we have on offer here.
Triathlons and multisport races are common on the event calendar, with races for all ages and levels. Recent events have varied from primary school children taking part in their first triathlon, through to elite athletes racing in the Contact Tri Series and House of Travel Triathlon races. Pegasus has fast tracks on offer – smooth roads for cycling, hard running trails alongside the lake and the flat waters of Lake Pegasus. I’ve been told on many occasions, competitors love coming here to race.
Lake Pegasus has hosted a wide range of sporting groups this summer – waterpolo, paddleboarding, surf lifesaving, sailing, open water swimming course, sailing and waka ama to name a few. It really is the perfect location for competitions and fun days for everyone to enjoy.
Back in February we had the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour visit Pegasus, featuring headline acts John Butler Trio and Aloe Blacc, with support from NZ artists Annabel Fay and Tiki Taane. The concert was held on a Friday evening, and despite the wet weather an estimated 3,500 crowd turned out to enjoy the music. This was the first time a large concert had been held at Pegasus – but I hope it’s the first of many.
As well as these large scale events, our team at the Golf Course specialise in all sorts of other events – weddings, conferences, quiz nights, staff parties and family celebrations. We were lucky enough to receive some beautiful photos from Rochelle and Joe’s recent wedding. They tied the knot on one of the sandy beaches of Lake Pegasus. They found plenty of beautiful locations for photos after their ceremony – thank you for sharing them with us and congratulations to the happy couple. Photo: Kim Hamblin Photography
Guest post by Jenny Lake, Pegasus Events and Business Development Manager
We held our first fun run at Pegasus last Sunday – and wow, it was a huge success! The Northern Outlook Pegasus Fun Run was an excellent event to be involved with and it looks as though it is set to become an annual fixture on the North Canterbury sporting calendar. There was a wonderful buzz around the town and I’ve had so much positive feedback from both visitors and residents at Pegasus.
It was an amazing hot day after the heavy rain earlier in the weekend, so we were very fortunate with the weather and people turned out in their droves. The sunny weather saw 800 additional people enter on the day for the 2.5km, 5km and 10km events, bringing the total number of entrants to 2300. We had an array of entertainment for those not taking part in the races, as you’ll see in these fantastic photos. We estimate that there were around 4000 people out at Pegasus on the day.
The music was great, the bungy was a success as was the face painting, the bouncy castle and the skate skool. The DJ did an outstanding job and the photos and video we have captured from throughout the day are sensational. The food and beverage stands were kept busy most of the day and the corporate groups I spoke with were very happy with their sites.
The children loved the dance competition and having two players from the Tactix on stage dancing with a wee girl that had won a prize was a highlight.
The event raised at least $12,000 to go towards the post-quake recovery of sport in Canterbury. Event organiser and Sport Canterbury business manager Jonny Kirkpatrick is thrilled with the funds raised, which will be used broadly, for anything from repairs and equipment to helping with booking facilities and financial assistance.
To view more photos of this event, visit our Flickr page, or view the fantastic video footage on Youtube here.
This was the perfect event to kick off our summer season here at Pegasus, and I look forward to sharing more post-event reports with you in the coming months!