Quick Golf Tips for Niue
So you want to play golf in Niue? There are a few things you should know, from where to hire clubs to how to pay your green fees. Niue provides a relaxed golfing experience, with a well-maintained nine-hole golf course scattered with coconut palms to a cliff-top mini golf course with wonderful Pacific Ocean views. Get some advice for playing golf in Niue with these quick Niue golf tips!
1. You Need to Bring Your Own Clubs
The Niue Golf & Sports Club is a BYO golf clubs course. You cannot hire golf clubs from the clubhouse, so bear this in mind if you were hoping to tee off in Niue. You can bring your own clubs from home or hire them from elsewhere, as explained below…
2. Golf Equipment Needs to be Declared
If bringing your own golf clubs from home, be sure to declare them on your Passenger Arrival Card when arriving in Niue. You must declare all sports equipment that have been used in the outdoors, including golf equipment. With that, it’s a good idea to make sure your golfing gear is clean so that it will go through biosecurity smoothly. Find out more about declaring what you bring to Niue in What to Declare When Arriving in Niue.
3. Niue Rentals Hires Out Golf Sets
An alternative way to get clubs is to hire from Niue Rentals. The rental shop in Alofi North hires our full golf sets with trundlers. They also hire out a range of vehicles and mountain bikes, as well as do currency exchange. We talk about the rental company in The Best Car Rentals in Niue.
4. The Niue Golf & Sports Club has an Honesty Box
How do you pay your green fees in Niue? Simply put the NZ$30 green fee in cash in the honesty box at the Niue Golf & Sports Club clubhouse. Simple! This is Niue! Note that the honesty box system doesn’t apply for the Saturday tournament…
5. Don’t Miss the Saturday Tournament
… Speaking of tournament, don’t miss the Saturday tournament that tees off at 1pm. This is a fun community event that visitors are welcome to join. You can enjoy a drink at the clubhouse after the battle is done.
6. Play Golf to Win a Frozen Chicken
A more quirky golf tournament in Niue is the Tuesday Chicken Run. Tee off time is 4pm and the prize is a frozen chicken. There is a NZ$10 fee to enter this competition that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
7. Don’t Worry About Being Underdressed
We don’t mean naked, but don’t worry about not having your finest tailored pants and polo shirt for this golf course. Niue’s nine-hole golf course is relaxed, where it’s best to just dress respectfully – shorts down to the knee for instance. It’s definitely recommended to wear a hat though, as there is little shade on the course.
8. Remember Your Basic Golfing Etiquette Though
While Niue’s golf course might be relaxed, this doesn’t mean you should throw all of your golfing etiquettes out of the window. The basics still apply, such as waiting until the group ahead of you is out of range before hitting the ball, maintain a good pace and don’t make noise when someone is taking a swing.
9. There’s a Mini Golf Course Too
The golfing fun isn’t all at the Niue Golf & Sports Club. There’s a mini golf course too with a whopping 18 holes to enjoy! It’s located at the Vaiolama Cafe in Alofi South where the course winds its way along the clifftops. Learn more in The Best Golf Courses in Niue.
10. They Have a Happy Hour
A good time to try out the mini golf course is as the sun is setting at happy hour, on Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm. See more strategical times to have a drink in When is Happy Hour in Niue?