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.

 Peter Witton - Golf Services Manager

Peter Witton joined Akarana on the 23rd of February 2021 the as the Golf Services Manager.

Peter has been involved with golf since he was a kid and was introduced to the game by his parents who owned the NZ Golf Leisure and Lifestyle Magazine. It was always juggled with other sports such as Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, Basketball and at one point even Rugby League. His passion for sport goes far and wide stretching out to even American Football and Racing.

In 2015 Peter joined the NZPGA as a trainee because he believed golf is a great sport for people of all ages and backgrounds to be able to catch up with friends, improve their health and wellbeing but still provide plenty of friendly competition, no matter what level you play at. Throughout his journey as a professional he has had stints at the Waitemata Golf Club, Whangaparaoa Golf Club, Pukekohe Golf Club and the Omaha Beach Golf Club.

 In his spare time Peter is also the coach of the Auckland Special Olympic Golfers 

 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.