'Best nine holes' celebrating 100 years

Toko Golf Club centennial committee secretary Joan McLeod (right) was on the course for ladies'...
Toko Golf Club centennial committee secretary Joan McLeod (right) was on the course for ladies' day yesterday ahead of this weekend's centennial celebrations. In the bunker is Gail Coote, with Ruta Reid watching. Photo by Rachel Taylor.
The "best nine holes" in South Otago are turning 100 this weekend.

The Toko Golf Club, which formally began operation on August 8, 1910, is holding centennial celebrations in Milton, and event organisers are expecting a good turnout.

Centennial committee secretary Joan McLeod said the club, which has 147 members, was expecting to host about 130 people at a formal dinner in Milton's Coronation Hall on Friday night.

"We are really pleased with the numbers," she said.

Saturday's round of Canadian foursome "will be a very slow afternoon", with 102 people in the field, she said.

"We are very confident it will be sunny - if it rains or snows, there is no plan B - but if it snows, we hope it will be six inches deep so we know we can't play golf."

In that case, players would move on to the 19th hole and start the celebrations a bit sooner, she said.

Saturday night will feature a meal, followed by a prizegiving and social evening.

For those not wanting to play 18 holes, there would be a nine-hole game on Sunday, before the celebrations ended with a barbecue lunch, she said.

The club is producing a 70-page book about the history of the golf club for the occasion, which will be included in the goodie bags of everyone who has registered.

Mrs McLeod said over the years the club had produced many talented players.

"The club room walls are well decorated with pennant flags that show the club's success and competitiveness within Otago golf."

Toko Golf Club offered the best nine holes in the area, she said.

"It's our little secret."

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