The Club
Our Team

Rajnesh Goundon - General Manager

Rajnesh joined Akarana on the 18th of February 2019. He is an experienced club manager with a demonstrated history of working in the golf industry. Prior to joining Akarana Rajnesh was Golf Club Manager at Tairua Golf & Country Club. His past employments include being Club Manager at Hanmer Springs Golf Club, Director of Golf at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course Fiji, Lecturer in Management at Fiji National University and Golf Operations Supervisor/ Professional at Denarau Golf & Racquet Club, Fiji.

In addition to his experience managing golf clubs, Rajnesh has a Masters of Commerce in Management and Public Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Golf Management. He is currently pursuing the BMI Course program through the Golf Managers Association of NZ and Club Managers Association of America.

A lover of the game of golf, Rajnesh has been a member of the Fiji PGA for over twenty years and enjoys playing golf as often as he can.

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Andrew McGregor – Golf Operations Manager

Andrew joined Akarana in March 2023, having been the Golf Manager at Helensville for the past two years. Prior
to that Andrew spent over 35 years in a variety of business management roles within food and beverage industries including over 13 years in the flavour industry.

During this time Andrew became tertiary qualified with a Food Science degree as well as completing his Grad. Dip in Business Administration.

Andrew is currently pursuing the BMI Course endorsed by the Club Management Association of America and the Golf Managers Association of NZ.

For over 20 years Andrew has also been heavily involved in freemasonry, rising to the exalted position of heading one of the four Constitutions in New Zealand. It is through this association that he also a trustee for several charitable trust boards.

Andrew brings sound business ethics, a strong empathy towards others and a resonating passion for golf, delighting others and making a difference.

Ian Garfield - Course Superintendent

Ian Garfield was appointed as Course Superintendent in April 2022. Ian had been working at Akarana since 2019 as the Assistant Superintendent. 

He has been in the turf industry for 21 years and has been lucky enough to travel the world in this profession starting his career in England. He then moved abroad and worked as a senior Greenkeeper at Tyrifjord Golf Club in Oslo Norway. From there he moved to Australia to work at Kalgoorlie Golf Course, where he worked his way up to Assistant Superintendent over a 5-year period. He also had the experience of working at Twin Waters Country Club in Sydney as the Assistant Superintendent.  
Having moved back to New Zealand to raise his twin girls with his Kiwi fiancee Natalie, he has settled into New Zealand life. In his spare time, Ian is a massive footbal fan and follows his beloved Liverpool FC.