Located on the site of a former cotton and sugar cane plantation, the Tahiti International Golf Course welcomes putter enthusiasts from around the world. It is the oldest golf course in French Polynesia. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. In a way, the Tahiti Golf Club, or more precisely Oliver Bréaud International Golf Course, belongs to the history and heritage of the Queen Island of French Polynesia.
Coming to Tahiti to putt on the green, the idea is tempting. The Tahiti International Golf Club offers a magnificent natural setting, but its course remains far from the standards in force on the circuit. It is therefore important to take the Tahiti Golf for what it is from now on: a place for relaxation, sports and meetings. While waiting for better? Take your putter and let’s discover the Tahiti Golf Club together.
What Does the Tahiti Golf Club Look Like?
A Flat and Tropical Course
The Tahiti Golf Club benefits from a magnificent natural setting. Far enough away from Papeete, you are now in the middle of nature. You will progress through an island of greenery with a view of the mountains. The first impression is a total change of scenery. The experience is quite fascinating, especially on the back nine and its different water points.
Unlike the Moorea Golf Course, the Tahiti Golf Club is almost entirely flat and you can play the course on foot. On the other hand, the distances are very long and the tropical heat may make you uncomfortable. In any case, remember to hydrate regularly and, if in doubt, know that golf carts are available for rent.
The Offer on Site: Prices and Equipment
Approved by the French Golf Federation, the Tahiti Golf Club was designed in the late 1960s. Two courses are offered to golfers: an 18-hole par 72 and a 9-hole compact par 32. Both courses are accessible to beginners and advanced golfers.
Open every day, the site is accessible from Papeete in one hour by car. On the spot, the rates are $70 on weekdays and $85 on weekends for the 18 holes course. To this, add $55 for the rental of a golf cart. You can also rent a golf set for about $45 more. However, we recommend that experienced golfers come to Tahiti with their own clubs. In the end, it will cost $315 for two people on Saturday, including golf sets and cart.
You will enjoy a brand new driving range where you can practice. However, the clubhouse closed for renovation, probably until 2023. In the meantime, the common areas are limited to the Pro Shop, which is unfortunately not very suitable. Although the staff on site seems understaffed, they are very enthusiastic and friendly.
The Tahiti Golf Club and its Problems
A Lack of Sporting Challenge
The course is quite easy to play without any major difficulty. Because of the length of some holes and the wide fairways, power replaces technique. Only the bunkers and sometimes the wind prevent you from attacking the green directly.
Beginners will appreciate this accessibility. On the other hand, more experienced golfers may want more. This is all the more true since there are few variations, especially on the Par 3s, which are often similar. At least they can console themselves with an excellent scorecard!
Lack of Maintenance and Obsolete Infrastructures
Over the last decade, the Tahiti Golf Club has experienced a difficult management leading to a general decline in quality standards. Bunkers, fairways and rough suffered from obvious maintenance problems. The public authorities have recently initiated a modernization program. It will take some time to reach the standards of a nationally or even internationally renowned course.
Another major problem is that the infrastructure needs to be progressively renovated or replaced. However, due to the magnitude of the work to be done and the global health crisis, the work is far from being completed. The clubhouse closed several years ago and renovation could not begin until January 2022. In the meantime, there is no lounge or real restaurant on site.
The Tahiti Golf Club is a Popular Place
Let’s hope that in a few years, the achievements will be effective and bear their effects. We must then be patient but also indulgent. The course remains appreciable and we have to accept some side effects. It is important to consider that golf on Tahiti is more and more appreciated by the local population.
There is a relaxed and picturesque atmosphere at the Tahiti International Golf Course. That etiquette is not always respected should not be considered offensive. It can also show how golf is becoming more democratic in Tahiti and its islands, especially for young people, with an approach that is unique to them. Maybe it’s an opportunity to recreate a link. In any case, this is an experience we recommend if you like golf and not only performance.
Choose Tahiti and Its Islands for Golf
Generally speaking, Tahiti’s golf course lags far behind that of Moorea in terms of quality of terrain and service. However, it is difficult to compare the two, as they each offer a different experience. In this case, why not visit both? For golf and Polynesia lovers, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Before leaving for Moorea, take the time to discover the treasures of the Queen Island. The hikes in Tahiti impress by their wild and authentic side, just like the beautiful black sand beaches. Tahiti and its islands are waiting for you. Do not hesitate to contact us to organize your stay in the South Pacific Islands.