Whether you are already a dab hand at Bridge or just starting out learning to play, the Remuera-based Auckland Bridge Club is a great place to get together with friends and hone your game.

“Bridge is a wonderfully social game and we have some great events here at the Club, and it’s also a great game to play as we get older as it really helps keep your wits about you!” says Susan, an Auckland Bridge Club member.

Bridge may be seen as a difficult game to learn but Anne, a past president of the club, says it is relatively quick to pick up. Mastering the game, however, is a different story.

“I think very few people ever truly master Bridge – although many of us try hard! I have been playing variations of Bridge for decades now and each time I play I try and take something away from it to improve my game,” she said.

The Auckland Bridge Club has an open door policy for new members and welcomes players of all skill levels.

As well as game and Club events, they also offer extensive online resources and lessons to help new players get up to speed.

“Our advice to people considering whether Bridge is for them is to come and have a go. It’s a very welcoming atmosphere here at the Auckland Bridge Club – we have had generations of players from the same families play here and we are always happy to welcome in new players,” says Tony Morcom a member of the Auckland Northland Regional Committee.

“Playing regularly is also the best way to keep learning and developing your game. While online resources are very helpful, there really is no substitute for learning by doing.”

So, whether you are keen to learn a few tricks to lift your game, interested in regular playing competitions, or just looking for a fun way to meet new people and enjoy the benefits of Bridge, the Auckland Bridge Club has something for everyone.

Rawhiti Estate will be sponsoring a competition at the Auckland Bridge Club on July 4th, which attracts a wide range of playing levels and enjoyed by all.