It is with great regret Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary need to issue the following statement:
We have had a sudden decline of the putting surfaces at Wairakei, signs of a problem with the greens became apparent during Easter weekend. Extensive soil and foliar tests conducted by the NZ Turf Institute have returned clear results. We are awaiting further turf analysis tests but have been advised that the cause of the damage is due to the inadvertent application of a herbicide. We suspect that the introduction of this substance was intentionally done so by a third party.
Like most courses we monitor the greens on an ongoing basis and regularly get the NZ Turf Institute to analyse them. We were informed that prior to this incident they were in an extremely healthy state.
Unfortunately given the onset of winter and lack of growth over this period there is no realistic chance of recovery until the Spring.
As valued customers we need to inform you of the current state and condition of the greens. We have decided to reduce the green fee, effective from Saturday 11th May, to a flat rate of $100 green fee per player.
The owner and staff are deeply devastated by what has occurred, we take great pride in presenting an exceptional product and experience.
The situation will be continually monitored and assessed as to their recovery.
UPDATE as at 18th June 2019 - we have reduced the green fee to $75 per player until further notice.