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Sir Bob Charles Launches new North-East Hub

Posted by: on 3 February 2020

Sir Bob Charles was the special guest for the launch of the North-East Hub. The event was held at Waimairi Beach Golf Club attracting new participants that were keen to try golf along with members of the newly establish North-East Hub. 

Sir Bob Charles welcomed everyone to the launch of the North-East Hub “It’s great to see so many families out here today getting involved with golf. Golf is a game for a lifetime and at 83 I still enjoy playing this great game since my introduction to clubs and balls as a 3 year old. It’s great to see that the clubs are working together to grow participation with the North-East Hub”. 

As part of the event Sir Bob Charles played an exhibition hole on the par 3 12th hole. He was joined by North-East Hub members Toby van Onselen and Lachie Mackay along with the Hub Coordinator James Robinson. Also getting in on the action were Baxter and Oscar van Onselen who caddied for older brother Toby and fellow hub member Lachie. 

Following on from the success of the Selwyn Hub that was launch 12 months ago the North-East Hub has been established. The objective of the hub is to provide young people and families with regular and affordable learn and play opportunities for golf. The participating clubs in the new North-East Hub are Rangiora, Bottle Lake, Waimairi Beach, and Christchurch Golf Clubs. 

Regular events will be delivered across the four courses to provide playing opportunities for young people at all stages of development. These will incorporate fun events for those newer to the game playing from shortened tees over 6-9 holes through to 18 hole junior events for more advanced young players. 

In addition to the current junior members from the participating clubs, who are now part of the hub, regular have a go days and community events will be promoted to grow the number of young people and families playing golf.

To find out more about the opportunities on offer with the North-East and Selwyn Hubs, please visit

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