New Zealand sits high on the leaderboard of destinations for golf enthusiasts. Its mix of wide-open spaces, varied terrain and picturesque scenery provide the perfect ingredients for memorable and challenging golf.
There are more than 400 golf courses and facilities to choose from in New Zealand, with a number making the greatest hits lists of the world’s most reputable courses. Paired with legendary Kiwi hospitality, a round of golf in New Zealand is one you will never FORE get!
With majestic Pacific Ocean views and six holes on the cliff edge, the David Harman-designed course and luxury lodge at Northland’s Kauri Cliffs offers entertainment on high.
Golf on the Gulf
Sea views and sea breezes make the links-style course by Robert Trent Jones Jnr at Gulf Harbour – 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Auckland – a delight and a challenge.
Shot maker’s paradise
Dr Alister MacKenzie’s shot maker’s course at Titirangi, 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Auckland, is ‘brutally strategic’ with its signature bunkering and demanding holes.
Cape Kidnappers hideaway
Steal away to Cape Kidnappers, near Napier, and enjoy the Tom Doak-designed golf course and accompanying exclusive resort on rugged cliffs and farmland overlooking the ocean.
Native birdie sanctuary
Wairakei, nestled in a predator-free sanctuary near Lake Taupō, offers the opportunity to spot protected native birds and wildlife as the course winds through native bush.
The Paraparaumu course is considered one of the best links courses in the Southern Hemisphere, with its short par-3’s and proximity to Wellington’s wild winds making it a course to contend with.
Designed to demand
The Kinloch Club near Taupō demands a strategic mind, with the Jack Nicklaus-designed course ranked in the Top 10 new golf courses in the world by US Travel and Leisure golf magazine.
The recently redeveloped Royal Wellington is now a challenging championship course set in beautiful parklands by designers Greg Turner and Scott Macpherson.
Designed by Sir Bob Charles and John Darby, Clearwater, near Christchurch, offers breathtaking views of the Southern Alps, changing winds and wonderful water hazards.
Set in a dramatic natural amphitheatre surrounded by the snow-capped Remarkables, Millbrook offers a 27-hole facility with three different nines and a variety of natural hazards.
A work of art
The Hills combines a stunning natural location in Arrowtown, a challenging layout of elevated tees, and an outdoor art gallery of artworks and sculptures by local and international artists.
Windross Farm Golf Course offers the best of golf and the natural environment with bent grass greens, flat and undulating ground, man-made lakes and dramatic bunkers.
Making a point
The course at Jack’s Point captures 360-degree views of Queenstown’s stunning scenery, winding through schist outcrops and native bush while offering four teeing options.
This 18-hole championship course features five sets of tees beautifully cut through rolling hills, natural water ways, 80-year-old statement pines and a feijoa orchard.
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