Linton Rathgen - Chief Travel Director

Linton is the founder of the company and he loves the opportunity to help visitors learn about the uniqueness and natural beauty of New Zealand! He is also the Chief Travel Director and has spent many years living, traveling and playing golf in different parts of the world including East Asia, the US, Africa and South America. 

He is a member of the Asia NZ Foundation's leadership network and has been on New Zealand TV.

Haldane Lee Premium Golf NZ

Haldane Lee - Director of Golf

Haldane ‘The Golf Doctor’ Lee has been a PGA golf professional for over 20 years and was a tour pro for 15 years. Haldane leads Premium Golf’s UK Heritage Tour. He also offers coaching lessons. He has had the privilege to teach many golfers over this time, from basic beginner to European Tour golf pros.

His website is as follows  -




Terry Newson - Tours & Events Coordinator

Terry was smitten with golf as a young parent and has been actively involved since. He relishes the adventure of new courses and takes great joy seeing others discover the benefits of travelling with like-minded folks going from one new experience to the next. He has had experience assisting and running golf events across New Zealand and co-ordinating tours local and abroad. 

Terry leads many of our domestic, Australia and Pacific tours such as our Premium Hawaii & Las Vegas Tour May 3-15 and Premium Sunshine Coast Tour July 26-Aug 4


Grant Whelan - PGNZ’s WAGC NZ Ambassador

Grant represented New Zealand at the WAGC NZ World Finals in 2018 and placed second in Division 3 has joined the PGNZ Team as our WAGC NZ Ambassador and his role is to promote the finals in New Zealand and also the New Zealand team at the World Finals. You can read his golf profile here and his thoughts about the WAGC. HIs testimonial from the 2018 WAGC World Finals is as follows:

"Wow; just home from the golf trip of a life time. Representing the common club player from NZ in a huge tournament and being part of a team that came 1st, 1st and 2nd in their first appearance at the WAGC will never happen again. Premium Golf NZ has helped put NZ golf on the world club map forever. If it wasn’t for Premium Golf’s foresight we would not have had the opportunity to create history - thank you Linton and Haldane."


Makoto Murata - Japanese Tour Guide

Makoto is our Japanese tour guide. He moved to New Zealand from Japan in 2007 with his Kiwi partner. With Auckland now his home, he enjoys all that the city and country has to offer. He used to work at Chamberlain Park Golf Course in Auckland.

He is active in the local Japanese community and enjoys working with people.