Meet the team

Renée Fowler – Operations Manager-Golf

Renee was born at Waiora House in Taupo. Renee took up the game of golf in 1989 after a chance meeting of a Springfield (Rotorua) Golf club member who identified Renee had potential to do well. Within 6 months of playing Renee had her first taste of success at a NZ under 21-year tournament. This was all the motivation needed. Renee was then driven to improving her golf.

Success through golf allowed Renee to travel both nationally and internationally. She represented New Zealand as an amateur for 7 consecutive years attaining No 1 for New Zealand before turning Professional. A highlight for Renee was being a member of the 1999 NZ team who played the Queen Sirikit Cup when it was held at Paraparaumu NZ. The team of Tina Howard (Taupo) Renee and Lisa Alridge won the event for NZ after a playoff with Korea. Playing in the USA, Europe and Australia was halted when Renee sustained an injury that continues to plague her to this day. Renee had always enjoyed teaching so she began teaching working in Australia and Germany before being encouraged to return to home to New Zealand.

Renee loves the challenge of teaching beginners, experienced golfers and those who have physical challenges.

In her spare time Renee plays guitar, enjoys redecorating and mountain biking. Renee is an avid Speed Golfer who professes to LOVE SPEED GOLF.

Renee has been an ALPG, Teaching Professional since 2001, and a European Golf Teachers Federation Teacher since 2002, In 2008 Renee qualified as a European Golf Teachers Federation Master Teacher.

Roles Renee has undertaken include:

· 2001-02 Head Professional, Government Gardens Golf and Driving Range, Rotorua

· 2001-02 Head Teaching Professional, Springfield Golf Club, Rotorua

· 2002-04 Bay of Plenty Junior Girls coaching Program

· 2002-04 Junior Coaching Co-coordinator Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation, Sydney, Australia

· 2004-05 Teaching Professional, Golf Club Marhordt, Stuttgart, German

· 2006-09 Teaching Professional, Manor Park Golf

· Miramar Golf Club Head Pro

· Wellington Women's Golf Team Coach 2006

· Wellington Women's Golf Coach 2012-13-14-15

· Wellington Golf Academy Coach 2014-15-16

· Lessons are available Booking is recommended

Dan Newlands – Head Golf Professional

NZPGA Golf Professional

Dan first played Golf when he joined a friend and the friend’s father for a spontaneous round of golf at Marton Golf Club NZ aged 11 years. His love of golf was born and led him to spend several hours every week practicing. It took just three years to reach a 1 handicap and to engage in competitive golf. He represented Manawatu/ Wanganui as a junior and as a young adult.

After leaving college for fulltime employment he struggled to find the time to practice. As he missed golf he decided to pursue a career in the golf industry.

As an only child Dan’s mother was his main source of support until he reached his twenties. It was Dan’s mother who suggested he undertake a three-year Traineeship with the NZPGA to become a fully qualified Golf Professional. To fulfil his dream he moved to Taupo and trained under the tutelage of professional James Morgan at the Taupo Golf Club. The NZPGA traineeship enabled Dan to gain knowledge about the game of golf and the golf industry. Four years on Dan became a fully qualified PGA professional in 2016. Other hobbies Dan enjoys apart from golf include maintaining his fitness, music, performance cars and fishing and sightseeing.

Dan provides coaching for individuals, couples and groups.

Kevin Christensen – Shop Assistant

Kevin is a recreational golfer who loves the game of golf. He prides himself on his customer service and ability to develop an instant rapport with people.

The Taupo Golf Club team value Kevin’s eye for detail, sound time management a cheerful outgoing personality who is always willing to laugh. As a valued team member Kevin guarantees the carts are charged and in sound mechanical condition and ensures the smooth running of the Pro Shop activities. Kevin has worked at Kinloch Golf Club prior to working here at the Taupo Club as he loves the outdoors and the physical nature of the job.