Sir Bob Charles tees off with young golfers

Sir Bob Charles with North-East Hub members Oscar van Onselen, Baxter van Onselen, Toby van...
Sir Bob Charles with North-East Hub members Oscar van Onselen, Baxter van Onselen, Toby van Onselen, Lachie Mackay and hub co-ordinator James Robinson. Photo: Supplied
Sir Bob Charles was the special guest at the launch of a new golf hub in Christchurch.

The event was held at the Waimairi Beach Golf Club to attract new players and members to the newly established North-East Hub.

Sir Bob welcomed everyone to the launch of the hub.

"It’s great to see so many families out here today getting involved with golf," he said. 

"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 three-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 played an exhibition hole on the par 3 12th hole.

He was joined by hub members Toby van Onselen and Lachie Mackay, along with hub co-ordinator 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, which was launch 12 months ago, the objective of the North-East Hub is to provide young people and families with regular and affordable opportunities to learn and play golf.

The Rangiora, Bottle Lake, Waimairi Beach and Christchurch golf clubs are part of the new hub.

Unlike a traditional golf membership, the hub allows juniors to play rounds at all four courses.

Regular events will also be delivered at the courses to provide playing opportunities for young people at all stages of development.

There will be fun events for those new to the game, such as playing from shortened tees over 6-9 holes, and 18-hole junior events for more advanced younger players.