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 

Stuart Baird - Course Superintendent

Stuart Baird was appointed as Course Superintendent in August 2013.

Prior to joining the staff of Akarana in 2009, and completing his NZ Sports Turf Level 4 qualifications, Stuart had gained greenkeeping experience at Formosa Country Club and Gulf Harbour. He has a well rounded knowledge of club golf - with experience in driving range management, cart maintenance, course marshalling, and golf shop retail.

Previously he has represented Auckland and Waikato at golf, and is a key member of the Akarana Bissett Shield team.

Outside of golf Stu follows league and cricket in his spare time, he and his wife Andrea are bringing up twin boys, and the twins younger brother.