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More than 75 years ago the Arrowtown Golf Club was established on its current
site on the outskirts of Arrowtown. The first nine holes opened in 1936 but it
wasn't until 1970 that the second nine was added, on the opposite side of the
main highway, creating an 18-hole course in a spectacular alpine setting. Today
Arrowtown is ranked among the top 20 New Zealand golf courses.
Golf Club Manager Steve Paape says there are superb views from every fairway.
"Each hole has its own appeal and there are lots of challenges for golfers of
all levels. Ruins of an historic stone cottage are still evident which serve as a
reminder of Arrowtown's early beginnings." During the upcoming NZ Open
(February 27 - March 2) hundreds of out-of-town players are expected to
converge on the Central Otago courses and Steve urges people to take the
opportunity to test their skills on the picturesque but often challenging
"We do however encourage people coming during the Open, or anytime during
summer, to book tee times. It will be a particularly busy period and by booking
ahead golfers are assured of space."
The golf course is open all year and has a modern fleet of electric carts and golf
equipment for hire at the clubhouse.
"We look forward to welcoming visiting golfers this summer and particularly
those here for the NZ Open," says Steve. "We can assure everyone who plays at
Arrowtown a quite unique experience."
Volunteering is a growing business in Central Otago, so much so that an organ-
isation connecting volunteers with community groups and charities, set up two
years ago, is thriving.
Volunteering Central, funded by the Central Lakes Trust, is a branch of Dunedin
charity Volunteering Otago and operates in Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and
Alexandra raising community awareness of voluntary opportunities in the area.
Senior Co-ordinator Gillian White says Volunteering Central is making its mark
encouraging people to take a more active role in voluntary work. "Our function is
really two fold -- working for non-profit community based organisations who need
volunteers and for volunteers who want to get involved."
"Living in such a diverse part of New Zealand means we have a great range
of roles for volunteers including international sporting events, world class art
and culture, conservation, community support, youth and family organisations,
festivals and environmental projects."
Gillian says the demand is continually increasing from both Central Otago
residents and visitors to the area who are keen to participate in a range of
activities. "While we offer support and resources to the different groups needing
voluntary staff, at the same time we want to ensure that every volunteer has a
positive experience. We take that very seriously and offer training and networking
opportunities to help provide skills for different roles."
YOUR SAVING GRACE
Karen Soundy thinks Queenstown people, particularly seniors, need to be able to
maintain their independence in their own homes and she is determined to help them
achieve it. Her new venture Your Saving Grace has been inspired by a gap in services
in the area and she aims to "add the padding to what the public system offers".
"There is nothing like this in Queenstown. Many people want to age at home with
confidence in a social, healthy and manageable way but may need some support to
Karen and her team of professional carers will do anything from household chores to
providing companionship and even helping with the crossword. "We can also provide
temporary care when family and caregivers are away, or help around the home if
someone has been in hospital. This service doesn't just apply to seniors but to any
But it's not just about care, it's also about "having fun and a few laughs on the way".
"It may be that we get together a group of likeminded people and head off to the
Cromwell Races or take in a movie, whatever our clients feel like doing. We are very
Your Saving Grace is based on a successful business Karen's sister is involved in in
Sydney. "They have had an overwhelming response and I am sure we will find a simi-
lar demand. This is the sort of service that has been lacking and we are excited about
the early interest from local residents and health professionals."
ARROWTOWN GOLF COURSE -- SPECTACULAR ALPINE SETTING
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