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NZ Open Approaching + A Hike


Peter Braun

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With the NZ Open this week and having the day off I decided to walk up Tobin's Track to get some pictures of the course from above. This track takes about 30 mins, but little did I know this short hike would lead to a 4 hour trip. Yesterday the Motatapu was held. This is another off road Marathon, bike race, 51km and 15 km races. The 15 km race is the Miners 15k. This travels the Miners Trail a few hills behind Tobin's Track. I had not explored much behind Tobin's so I decided to check it out. I took Brackens Saddle at first leading to Miners Trail. From there I accidentally diverted off the Miners Trail going to New Chum Gully and back down Tobin's. 

 

At the 18th hole there is the classic scoreboard being updated as play goes on. There is also the VIP "tent" overlooking the approach and green, just behind the clubhouse. If you look closely to the right side about middle of the picture the flag seen surround the putting green. While looking great the downside is that they are right on the collar meaning that every time collars are mown the flags have to come down. 

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The 19th hole has come together great. This is the members range. Pros would hit out the back of the range and space is limited here so the players hit down at the bottom range. 

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Pros range tee and green. The range goes to the left over 300 yards out. 

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The next few pictures show the course getting into tournament shape. Most noticeably is the fairway mowing. Some have been contoured cut, others straight lines from the tees.

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I caught one making a break. She looked back at me as if to say, "try and stop me."

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Where the fun began.

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When I go on these hikes I try not to live behind the camera, but I just want to capture the beauty of NZ for everyone to see. 

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An abandoned structure on the trail.

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The remaining piece to an old house. Fireplaces are very well built. 

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This is Brackens Saddle. 

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After I uploaded the pictures to my computer I was looking through them and this one caught my eye. My favorite from the day. I like how the picture shows what this area has to offer: Mountains, Lakes, Farm Land, Tussocks, Hiking, and Small Towns. 

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