Our links with New Zealand

On the 4th March 1905, Jack Yellowlees was the first winner of the Cranston Medal, with a gross 107, net 82. This solid silver medal is still played for today.

In 2005, Gifford Golf Club was contacted by Evan Thompson of Kaiapoi Golf Club, New Zealand, who was researching records for their centenary book. He was seeking information about “Jock Yellowlees” who had emigrated from Gifford to New Zealand in 1905. One of Jack’s first enterprises on arriving in Christchurch was the establishment of a golf course and hence becoming one of the founding members of Kaiapoi Golf Club. Kaiapoi Golf Club is referred to today as “The jewel of the North Canterbury Region” and it celebrated its own centenary in 2007.

It’s a long way to go for a game of golf, but there is a reciprocal arrangement whereby members can play each other’s course free-of-charge and a very warm welcome is guaranteed.

Their website is here Kaiapoi Golf Club