Courses

Arrowtown Golf Club

166 Centennial Avenue
Arrowtown, NZSOUTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Arrowtown Golf Club

The picturesque Arrowtown Golf Club is set in Central Otago, one of New Zealand's most historic and scenic regions. The golf course is surrounded by mountains and has superb views from every fairway. Historic stone cottage ruins nestle amongst towering trees, a legacy of Arrowtown's pioneers.

The picturesque Arrowtown Golf Club is set in Central Otago, one of New Zealand's most historic and scenic regions. This Golf Course is a must play when visiting Queenstown, surrounded by mountains the 18 hole course has superb views from every fairway.

Each hole has its own attraction and the diverse and challenging course attrac ts players from all over the world. Historic stone cottage ruins nestle amongst towering trees, a legacy of Arrowtown's pioneers.

Arrowtown's link with its goldmining past is highlighted in the names of holes: Sons of Fortune and Golden Arrow, which border the once rich, goldbearing Arrow River.

The Arrowtown Golf Club is open all year round and welcomes green fee players.

Course Information

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Playing Tips

1
Par 3, Length 162m

The Race - A Par 3 of 162 metres, downhill, requires that the golfer be immediately on target. A natural gully "donga" runs diagonally across the line of the hole and therefore the shot is all carry.

2
Par 5, Length 501m

Johnny Walker - It is a tight driving hole with a narrow target area. The shot into the green needs to be well directed as anything straying left, or long gets punished by a steep gully and difficult rough.

3
Par 4, Length 310m

Punch Bowl - This hole typifies the course. It's a reasonably short par 4 of 310 metres but shot placement needs to be precise. The green is elevated and bowl shaped; approach shots that do not fly to the green can be kicked away by the surrounding slopes and rock features that protect the green. There is no straight putt on this green, so finishing out can also prove a challenge.

4
Par 4, Length 324m

Nobby Dick - An open but demanding driving hole. To the left is a ridge of rock outcrop, which separates holes 3 and 4 and extends the full length of the hole. To the right the driver is forced to carry a steep diagonal terrace that will push your ball further right and leave a difficult approach to the green. Only the very long hitters can open up the green, and even then a good golf shot is required to the plateau green, protected on three sides by rock features and slopes that make scoring difficult unless you are on the putting surface.

5
Par 4, Length 342m

Virtue - A hole where it pays to stay on the top side of the fairway with your drive, to avoid playing your second shot, not being able to see the green. Again the shot into the green is very important. If you miss it, the only good place is short.

6
Par 3, Length 133m

Waterloo - A target hole across a donga to the green slightly higher than the tee. Your shot needs to carry all the way to the green or risk running back to the floor of the donga.

7
Par 4, Length 299m

The Road - A short Par 4, probably the most straightforward hole on the course, as long as you hit it straight from the elevated tee. Out of Bounds behind the green.

8
Par 4, Length 288m

Soho - A Par 4 with plenty off natural hazards including a deep "Donga" on the left. A rock outcrop in front of the green demands a well judged approach and when you get there the green offers no easy putts.

9
Par 4, Length 329m

Look Out - A lovely elevated tee from which you can see a good part of the course, presents this hole. Do not miss your drive on the left or "ball B" will be required. A good drive will leave a short iron shot into an interesting green.

10
Par 5, Length 416m

Black Angel - A short Par 5 for the Men, reachable in two by many golfers. The sloping green with drop offs front, left and back and a high knob between the green and out of bounds fence on the right, most often see discretion overcoming valor. An up and down on this hole is something to be proud of.

11
Par 4, Length 360m

Shanahans - A longer par 4 where positioning of the ball off the tee is of prime importance. In the trees on the left is the remains of "Shanahan's Cottage" which has been adopted as the logo of the Club.

12
Par 3, Length 156m

Garibaldi - A mid range Par 3, with a hill on the left, which tends to deceive distance judgment, out of bounds right to intimidate you. This hole looks straight forward only from green to tee.

13
Par 5, Length 459m

Tipperary - A lovely Par 5. The elevated tee presents the complete layout so you can plan your way to the hole. Out of Bounds along the full length of the right hand side only threatens the very wayward, as there is plenty of room for error on the fairway. A shallow green makes your approach shot extra important.

14
Par 3, Length 187m

Defiance - An uphill Par 3 that always plays every bit of its 187 metres. The fairway slopes from the right hand side into a narrow green and drops away on the left side. Always a challenge.

15
Par 4, Length 375m

Golden Arrow - A long Par 4 for the men but a shorter prospect for the ladies. Out of Bounds follows the right side of the fairway and around the back of the green. The wilderness beyond will hide a ball from all but the very determined. Two very good shots are required to reach the green and secure par

16
Par 3, Length 139m

Sons of Fortune - Nickname - Sabrina. A real target Par 3, if you miss the green miss it short otherwise she will get you. Watch the Out of Bounds on the right behind the green.

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Par 4, Length 349m

Homeward Bound - A good Par 4, which both tests your driving as well as your approach shot skills. Out of Bounds along the right hand side and trees at tee shot length on the left, keeps it all tight. An hour or so beyond the end of the Macetown road, you might find the remains of the old Homeward Bound Battery.

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Par 4, Length 324m

Lady Fayre - A superb golf hole. Off the tee the pond to the left comes into play for most golfers, to the right the rocky terrace requires a huge carry to clear them. A deep 'donga' protects the green across the front and when you get to it the subtle slopes present a putting challenge. You must come up with a strategy that suits your ability and "deliver on it" if par is your desire.

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Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

448 Clifton Road
Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Cape Kidnappers is a Tom Doak designed golf course which is amongst the world's most spectacular courses. The clever use of the layout is best seen from the air where Doak has used the natural landscape to craft some magnificient, memorable and challenging golf holes.

Cape Kidnappers is a Tom Doak designed golf course which is amongst the world's most spectacular courses. The clever use of the layout is best seen from the air where Doak has used God created "fingers" of land to craft some memorable (and challenging) golf holes.

However the Cape Kidnappers experience starts from the moment you drive in the entrance gate. What follows is a 10 kilometre drive (yes that is correct) leading you up to the shearing shed designed clubhouse. The long drive helps to build the anticipation of the day ahead as one passes through a pine plantation, a working cattle farm where sheep abound, across streams and along roads cu out from sheer faced cliffs.

Once you do arrive and mange to collect your thoughts you are faced with a golf course combining a series of clever, inland holes and the memorable cliff top holes. One such clifftop hole is the 15th hole, known as the Pirates Plank. From the tee shot to the green the fairway becomes progressively narrower until you reach the green where it is barely 20 metres across. And on one side lies a sheer faced cliff plunging downward into the Pacific Ocean.

Wind is an everpresent factor at Cape Kidnappers and is enjoyed not by golfer but by the very populous gannet bird colony which seem to float and "windsurf" above the clifftop holes for what seems to be an eternity.

Meticulous attention to detail in the golf course conditioning and five star service in the clubhouse ensure a golfing experience of a lifetime.

And what better way to end a piece on "Kidnappers" than to refer to some comments from the designer Tom Doak - "Our goal in designing golf courses is to create interesting holes you wouldn't find anywhere else. That wasn't hard to do at Cape Kidnappers, because the site is not like anywhere else in golf. If it were any bigger or any more dramatic, it would probably be cordoned off as a national park. It's an overwhelming experience to stand up on the cliffs, 140 meters above sea level, and look out across the waves far below in Hawke's Bay.

Cape Kidnappers is not true links terrain, with the wrinkles of sand dunes; instead the land tilts toward the sea as a series of ridges jutting out toward the edge of the cliffs. Yet, the play is seaside golf at its finest. The surface is firm and fast, the conditions can be windy, and the player who can control his trajectory will be master of the course. You'll hit shots over the tops of the tea trees, and play along the edges of deep ravines. If you stray on your approaches, you'll actually hope to get caught up in bunkers hanging off the green's edge, some of them deeper than you've ever seen before".

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 76
Length (m): 6525
Architect: Tom Doak
Design Year: 2004

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 402m

A difficult opening hole is a prelude of things to come. The right half of the fairway offers a better angle into the green, but don't try to cut the corner of the dogleg where a deep gully lies in wait. Short hitters must beware the gully on their second shots, but once over it, there is plenty of room to the right of the flag.

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Par 5, Length 494m

You must avoid two sets of fairway bunkers here, or you won't reach this green in regulation. Play the drive safely to the left, and lay up short of the cross bunkers if you're not sure you can carry them with your second shot. The green is open on the left, but it tilts sharply to the right so it's difficult to get down in two from the left edge.

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Par 3, Length 187m

The green is partially hidden by the front bunkers, but it's one of the largest on the course. Aim fifteen feet to the right of the hole to take the left side out of play. Pay extra attention in reading this green as there are a lot of small breaks.

4
Par 5, Length 497m

A solid tee shot just inside the fairway bunker sets you up for a big decision with the second. The safe play is to lay up just short of the deep fairway bunker, but better players will be tempted to aim out to the left of the green and fade the ball home. The green has a high tier in the back, play your approach long and left to give yourself the easiest two-putt.

5
Par 4, Length 384m

A huge fairway is divided by two deep fairway bunkers. Most players are better off aiming down the right side, but long hitters might choose to go left so they don't run out of room. Going for a flag on the left side of this green requires a great deal of nerve.

6
Par 3, Length 206m

An epic par-3 across a deep gully. Miss to the left and you can kiss your ball goodbye, but the green does bank sharply from right to left to steer balls back toward the hole -- if you can reach the green, that is!

7
Par 4, Length 414m

An important tee shot, because a strong drive will carry the crest of the fairway and leave a considerably shorter approach; aim to the right center of this fairway. The downhill second shot is one of the most exhilirating on the course, but the green is a narrow target from the top of the hill.

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Par 3, Length 166m

This short hole plays over a gully filled with ti trees. It's all carry to the green, and uphill to boot, so take an extra club (or even two). There is some hidden fairway to the right of the green, which is the only safe place to miss.

9
Par 4, Length 369m

Always take the high road here; from the forward tees it's better to hit a 3-wood or iron to keep your ball in view. Take dead aim for the center of the green on your approach; there is a bit of fairway short and right, but the contours of the green make it very difficult to save par from there.

10
Par 4, Length 430m

Another critical tee shot, which should favor the right half of the fairway. The second shot sets up for a running approach which will feed to the hole from right to left, but you have to get the weight just right, as bunkers lurk short left and over the back.

11
Par 3, Length 205m

A difficult par-3 which plays longer than it looks. The green is sharply tilted from back to front, so the front hole locations are the toughest -- it's a much wider target in the back.

12
Par 4, Length 421m

This is the most wide-open driving hole on the course, and a great place to let it rip, because you want the shortest second shot you can get. The green is set at the end of a narrow ridge, profiled against Hawke's Bay. Play for the front right quadrant to keep the left side out of play.

13
Par 3, Length 119m

The shortest hole on the course, but big numbers lurk all around this green, which is easy to reach but hard to stay on. Always play for the back right quadrant, since seemingly good shots can run off the front left of the green into the bunkers below.

14
Par 4, Length 318m

The shortest par-4 on the course is quite possibly the hardest of them all. The green is dominated by a deep pot bunker at the left front and a steep drop at the back, so the safest play is to the far left. Be especially careful around this green, as the pot bunker has a gravitational pull far greater than its size.

15
Par 5, Length 594m

The key to a long par five is staying in the short grass, especially when there is a 140-metre cliff on the left and a 20-metre drop on the right. Don't even go look over the left edge of the fairway if you are afraid of heights. Four short and straight shots will win the hole more often than not.

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Par 5, Length 457m

The tee, guarded by seagulls, is the only place on the course with a view to Black Reef. If you're not a candidate to reach this green in two, it's better to lay back to the widest part of the fairway from the tee, then stay right with your second for the best view of the green.

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Par 4, Length 423m

No laying back here: you'll need to hit your two best shots to get home in regulation on this uphill par four. Those uncertain of carrying the greenside bunkers can play safely to the right; if you drive in the rough it might be better to play straight ahead on the second and then pitch your third over the bunkers.

18
Par 4, Length 439m

A counter-intuitive finishing hole, with its green offset to the right of the fairway. The punchbowl green setting will lure many players into aiming left for safety and hoping for a lucky bounce down onto the green. Be careful on this green, as putts from behind the hole can easily get away from you.

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Carrington Resort

Maitai Bay Road, Karikari Penisula
Kaitaia, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Carrington Resort

Carrington is not only home to a tournament quality golf course, but also has a lodge, vineyard and Black Angus stud farm on site.

The tournament quality 18 hole Carrington Golf Course was inaugurated on 15 December 2003 and designed by American golf  course designer Matt Dye.

The unique 100 acre seaside layout meanders around the central resort complex and its oversized layout allowed for extensive natural conservation areas within the golf course. The course is separated from the beautiful 15 metre high sand dunes of Karikari Beach and views to the North Cape of New Zealand by an extensive 900 acre natural wetlands. The course is abutted on two sides by Carrington Farms 300 head Black Angus stud and also sits next to the 101 acre Karikari Estate Vineyard and Winery.

The Carrington Golf Course is suitable for all players of varying skill levels, whilst also presenting a challenge to tournament golfers. Another outstanding feature of the Carrington Club golf course is that, although it has an oceanside location, it looks and plays like an inland golf course. Carrington is complete with rolling hills, vales, and natural water hazards that complement the natural contours of its location.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 74.2
Length (m): 6146
Architect: Matt Dye
Design Year: 2003

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Christchurch Golf Club

45 Horseshoe Lake Road
Shirley, NZSOUTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Christchurch Golf Club

The Christchurch Golf Club has a proud history that dates back to 1873. The club is one of the oldest golf clubs outside the United Kingdom and Ireland. The club has held numerous New Zealand Open and Amateur, Mens and Womens Championships. The course is renowned world-wide as a challenging championship course of the highest quality which offers a fair test of golf for both club and professional golfers.

Course Information

Par: 6422
ACR:
Length (m): 72
Architect: Members of the Shirley Links
Design Year: 1900

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Formosa Golf Resort

110 Jack Lachland Drive
Beachlands, Auckland, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Formosa Golf Resort

The Formosa Auckland Country Club's golf course is surrounded by lush farmland and stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf, and is about 45 minutes from downtown Auckland or 35 minutes from the airport at Manukau. The course was designed by golfing legend Sir Bob Charles and is modeled on the Augusta National, home of the US Masters and was the venue for the 1998 New Zealand Open.

The Formosa Auckland Country Club's golf course is surrounded by lush farmland and stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf, and is about 45 minutes from downtown Auckland or 35 minutes from the airport at Manukau. The course was designed by golfing legend Sir Bob Charles and is modeled on the Augusta National, home of the US Masters and was the venue for the 1998 New Zealand Open.

Formosa is listed in The Finest Golf Clubs of the World and covers an area of 440 acres. The course has panoramic views of Waiheke Island and Rangitoto from its clifftop and coastal fairways, along which hundreds of pohutukawa trees and palms have been planted. Sixteen of the course's holes have northerly views of the Hauraki Gulf and its many islands. The 11th to the 16th holes run along a clifftop overlooking the shoreline.

The course caters for golfers of every ability. The practice facilities include an all weather under cover driving range.

Designed by internationally renowned golfting professional, Bob Charles, the course features 18 holes of sensational golf. Demanding enough for the skilled golfer it is also suitable for a relaxed, friendly, or corporate challenge, and may be played year round. The course is one of the longest courses in New Zealand at over 6600 metres(7200) yards from the professional tees and set ag ainst the stunning backdrop of Hauraki Gulf, the c ourse features the first couch grass fairways in this country, provi ding a durable and attractive all year playing surface. At the Formosa Auckland Country Club, 16 of the 18 holes provide delightful water views and at over 190 hectares, is established on an area twice that of a usual golf club.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6650
Architect: Sir Bob Charles
Design Year:

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 309m

A relatively straight forward downhill Par 4 with a long waste bunker down the left side. A long drive placed left of centre will be rewarded by an open shot to a shallow green; if not, greenside bunkers and water to the left will provide for a challenging approach shot.

2
Par 3, Length 165m

This long Par 3 plays over a deep bush and stream gully into a green well guarded by bunkers front left and back right. Multiple breaks on the green call for a deft putting touch.

3
Par 5, Length 513m

Perhaps unreachable in two for most as the hole plays slightly uphill to a very elevated green. Strategically placed bunkers in both the landing and lay-up areas call for an accurate drive and second shot.

4
Par 4, Length 343m

An interesting tee shot between a stand of mature pine trees followed by an approach shot over a deep gully to a natual green site. Not a hole to be short on if a very difficult recovery shot is to be avoided.

5
Par 4, Length 304m

A very elevated tee for this long downhill par 4 with water in the play on the left hand side. The long sloping green is well guarded by water on the left and bunkers on the right. A well placed drive is essential to ensure a clear shot to the green.

6
Par 4, Length 332m

A minimum 200 yard water carry is required for the drive on this Par 4. Extensive grassy mounds and bunkers guard the small and contoured green.

7
Par 3, Length 148m

A slightly uphill Par 3 over a deep busty gully to a tiered green with gullies left and right. Mature trees on the left and right require accuracy off the tee.

8
Par 4, Length 306m

A dog-leg Par 4 with bunkers on the right that can be carried by the longer hitter. The left side and rear of the green is heavily bunkered thereby rewarding the tee shot played over or close to the right hand side fairway bunkers.

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Par 5, Length 471m

This Par 5 dog-legs left and is reachable in two if the drive can carry the left fairway bunkers 230 yards out for the Pro Tee. A very challenging 2nd shot due to greenside bunkers on the right.

10
Par 4, Length 277m

A dog-leg left Par 4 from an elevated and scenic tee. Length is not as important as position for a clear view of the green. Bunkers left and right surround a slightly crowned green that requires a gentle putting touch.

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Par 3, Length 151m

A downhill Par 3 with a spectacular ocean backdrop. Into the wind it may require a driver, on other days an easy iron into the deep humpback green. Extensive bunkering right and a very steep fall off slope to the back of the green creates several very challenging pin placements.

12
Par 5, Length 437m

A waterfront Par 5, reachable in two if the extensive waste bunker on the left is to be taken on. An off-set green, narrow to the second shot but deep from the lay up position, further challenges the player who tries for the green in two.

13
Par 4, Length 356m

Wind will be a major factor on this slight dog-leg Par 4. Spectacular coastal views may divert the golfers attention from the multi-tiered green. Left is not the place to go.

14
Par 4, Length 356m

Another waterfront Par 4. The tee shot is over a deep gully into a very wide fairway, split in the centre by a fairway bunker 260 yards out. The narrower landing area on the left is bounded by water but offers a open approach shot to the elevated green bunkered on the left and right. Not an easy Par 4.

15
Par 3, Length 128m

Also a waterfront hole. This Par 3 is the shortest on offer. It features a very shallow but extra wide green with bunkers front and rear. The difficult pin position is on the left with a steep fall off toward the ocean.

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Par 5, Length 453m

Perhaps another unreachable Par 5 due to the challenging approach shot over a stream and between mature pine trees, but not impossible under the right wind conditions. The deep green is split lengthwise by a ridge with two sets of left and right bunkers front and rear.

17
Par 4, Length 315m

Second hardest hole on course. Take it easy and head straight for the green.

18
Par 4, Length 340m

More or less a straight hole with water on the right and rear of the green. The wide green offers a very difficult pin placement on the right bringing the water into play. The 4m waterfall backdrop is spectacular.

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Gulf Harbour Country Club

Whangaparaoa
Gulf Harbour, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Gulf Harbour Country Club

Gulf Harbour is a 6,400 metre, par 72 golf course located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland. It meanders through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish. Spectacular finishing holes, ocean views, rolling terrain and classic, traditional values combine to make the Gulf Harbour Country Club one of the most exciting developments in New Zealand.

Spectacular finishing holes, ocean views, rolling terrain and classic, traditional values. All combine to make the Gulf Harbour Country Club one of the most exciting developments in New Zealand.

This 6,400 metre, par 72 golf course is located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland. It meanders through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish.

Four sets of tees assure playability for every calibre of golfer, from beginners to professionals. Like all great courses, Gulf Harbour tantalises players with a variety of exciting holes. Several feature risk and reward opportunities, and none are tricked-up or artificial.

The front nine is slightly hillier and has an open feeling, while the back nine wanders towards the ocean and culminates with some of the most scenic holes anywhere. Comparisons have already been made to Pebble Beach Golf Links.

One of the most interesting holes on the course is the 300 metre par 4 seventh. This short dogleg is flanked by a lake on the right and tempts long hitters to go for the green. Those who get too greedy will pay the price on this intriguing little hole, sure to become one of the most talked about on the course.

The four finishing holes will increase the heartbeat of every golfer. The 160 metre 15th is a par 3 toward the ocean, with the water as a backdrop. The 405metre 16th is a classic par 4 bordering cliffs. The second shot flirts with the rock cliffs and requires nerve as well as talent. The par 5 17th stretches 505 metres along the ocean, and the gorgeous views can be distracting to the eye. The final hole is a 390 metre par 4 which turns inland toward the clubhouse.

The beauty, challenge and enjoyment of Gulf Harbour combine to provide an enjoyable golf experience.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6400
Architect: Robert Trent-Jones Jnr
Design Year: 1997

Playing Tips

1
Par 1, Length 1m

A straight away, open starting hole playing downwind in the winter. The 18th fairway on the right creates a wide double fairway producing a very comfortable driving hole. An open entry green will allow the player to bounce the ball onto the putting surface.

2
Par 2, Length 2m

This will be a very interesting par 5 . The tee shot is played uphill to an elevated decked fairway. To the left of the fairway, the terrain drops sharply. From the first landing area the player can view the slightly elevated green situated in a saddle with little or no backing.

3
Par 3, Length 3m

A delightful par 3 set amongst numerous mature pine trees. This hole plays slightly uphill to a green that will have only sky as a backdrop. A very natural green setting and variable winds will make club selection a complicated task.

4
Par 4, Length 4m

This long par 4 will play much shorter than it appears as the tee shot drops some 15 metres to the fairway. The fairway itself is wide and receptive allowing the player to swing away. Protected by bunkers, the green is positioned on an elevated plateau and a shot played left or long will be in trouble.

5
Par 5, Length 5m

A short, but occasionally directly into the wind par 4. The tee shot is played over a small arm of a lake to an elevated plateau. A tee shot hit to the right will leave the player with a very difficult approach. The view from the landing area to the green is magnificent, looking directly down towards the marina. The green is decked into the hillside with a sharp drop to the right side. The approach shot must be hit with precision.

6
Par 6, Length 6m

A medium length par 5 that the longer hitters could reach in two. However, the green is well protected and a fairway wood will have to be perfect to find the green. The drive area is decked into a rolling hillside that creates severe trouble if the golfer misses to the right. The gently rolling fairway will provide the golfer with several options on the second shot.

7
Par 7, Length 7m

This is the shortest par 4 on the course, but no less challenging. When played downwind the green is reachable from the tee, but with considerable risk. The small green, with a lake on the right, will present a difficult target, but will allow the perfect tee shot to bounce onto its surface. The farther left the tee shot is played, the more difficult the approach shot will become.

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Par 8, Length 8m

An attractive medium length, lake-side hole, the par 3 eighth will normally be played with a crosswind. This will make club selection critical. Playing to the right will find trouble. Playing left is much safer but will leave a difficult chip shot to the well guarded green.

9
Par 9, Length 9m

A long difficult finish for the outward nine, this hole will vary dramatically depending upon wind direction. When playing downwind, a driver followed by a middle or short iron approach will reach the green. When playing directly into the wind this hole may prove difficult to reach in two by even the best players.

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Par 1, Length 1m

A medium to long par 4 with spectacular views to the west. The hole plays along a rolling sidehill with a gentle curve to the right. A tee shot played right will leave the golfer with a difficult approach to the green which drops quickly off at the back. This hole can vary dramatically in difficulty, depending upon wind conditions and the pin location.

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Par 1, Length 1m

A short par 5, the eleventh fairway plays uphill and is well defended by mature pine trees, bunkers and topographic features. The tee shot is actually downhill into a valley fairway. From the drive zone the hole meanders uphill some 25 metres in elevation with trees creating hazards on both sides of the fairway. The hole appears to be short, but will play considerably longer than the card suggests. Accuracy will be essential.

12
Par 2, Length 2m

A dramatic and novel short par 4 situated in a unique part of the site. This self- contained valley provides the setting for one of the most dramatic short approach shots on the course. A short iron uphill approach will require skill and good judgement under windy conditions. The green is perched atop a narrow ridge providing a spectacular vista of the surrounding ocean.

13
Par 3, Length 3m

From the back tee this will be amongst the most demanding par 3's in golf; a 230 metre shot to the green some 12 metres above the tee. The green is shaped into a wonderful bowl setting, but protected by a deep frontal bunker. From the forward tees this hole plays medium length from a variety of directions. Weather conditions and tee location will have a great impact on the playing characteristics of this hole.

14
Par 4, Length 4m

A long, open, grand par 4. A sweeping downhill tee shot to a fairway some 10 metres below allows the player to swing away. A shot pulled or hooked left will be in trouble and a shot placed too far right will result in a difficult sidehill lie. The approach shot will require a long iron or fairway wood to a green on the ridge line some 13 metres above. The player will see only the flag flying with sky for a backdrop. Judging distances will be difficult. This hole should prove to be both dramatic and difficult.

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Par 5, Length 5m

A spectacular downhill par 3 hole which plays directly at the ocean. This is the first of three unique ocean front holes. Native vegetation and mature pine trees will give this hole an established and wonderful setting that will certainly make this another of many memorable holes.

16
Par 6, Length 6m

This hole is likely to be the most dramatic and difficult hole on the course. A setting such as this is rarely found in the golf world and will be compared with the 8th at Pebble Beach or the 17th at Cypress Point. The tee shot plays over a rugged ravine to a rolling fairway that naturally turns the fairway to the right. The long hitter can opt to play over the rugged ocean front terrain to considerably shorten his approach. Such a tee shot is clearly risky, as any shot less than perfect will not be found. The green rests at the point of a narrow peninsula providing 270 degrees of photographic ocean views.

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Par 7, Length 7m

The longest and perhaps the most demanding par 5 playing along and through the gently rolling ocean front topography. To the inland side of the hole is a long ridge line that not only provides a backdrop for the hole but creates a special environment separated from the rest of the golf course. The elevated green is located in one of the saddles along the ridge. This hole will require skillful club selection and accurate shots. The views from the 17th green are spectacular.

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Par 8, Length 8m

A long downhill hole with broad views of the large lake and valley and a glimpse of the Town Centre. A double fairway with the 1st hole will allow the tee shot to stray well right. However, such a shot can leave the golfer with a blind approach. When playing against the wind this hole will provide a challenge to the golfer. It will certainly be an exhilarating finish to the round.

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Jack's Point

McAdam Drive, Jacks Point
Queenstown, NZSOUTH, 9349
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Jack's Point

The 7150 yard (6538 metre) course at Jack's is open for residents of Jack's Point to play, but won't open to green-fee players until the summer of 2008/09. The course is bounded by the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. It traverses through wetland to the lake edge encountering steep bluffs, indigenous vegetation and wildlife. It is designed to work with nature, not against it. Fairways are designed with minimal excavation and careful plantings to complement the natural environment, but also to give the golfer a fighting chance.

The 7150 yard (6538 metre) course at Jack's is open for residents of Jack's Point to play but won’t open to green-fee players until the summer of 2008/09.

The course is bounded by the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. It traverses through wetland to the lake edge encountering steep bluffs, indigenous vegetation and wildlife.
It is designed to work with nature, not against it. Fairways are designed with minimal excavation and careful plantings to complement the natural environment, but also to give the golfer a fighting chance.

Jack's Point is sited on the elbow of Lake Wakatipu and at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range. It’s the largest parcel of land to be comprehensively developed by one entity in the history of New Zealand.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6538
Architect: John Darby
Design Year: 2007

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 349m

2
Par 4, Length 375m

3
Par 3, Length 161m

4
Par 4, Length 344m

5
Par 5, Length 467m

6
Par 4, Length 318m

7
Par 3, Length 136m

8
Par 5, Length 492m

9
Par 4, Length 363m

10
Par 4, Length 325m

11
Par 3, Length 195m

12
Par 4, Length 414m

13
Par 3, Length 178m

14
Par 5, Length 506m

15
Par 4, Length 350m

16
Par 4, Length 423m

17
Par 5, Length 565m

18
Par 4, Length 427m

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Kauri Cliffs

Matauri Bay Rd
Matauri Bay, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Kauri Cliffs

Kauri Cliffs is one of those surreal golf experiences that avid golfers should experience at least once in their lifetime. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland.

Kauri Cliffs is one of those surreal golf experiences that avid golfers should experience at least once in their lifetime. From the moment you drive into the property and head down towards the onsite accommodation at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs you feel as though you are the only person on the planet.

Kauri Cliffs is located four and a half hours north of Auckland in the Bay of Islands region and its absolute ocean frontage ensures uninterrupted views on many of the golf holes as well as from the Lodge itself.

In fact fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs, which plunge into the sea. These spectacular views can help to ease the pain of a bad golf round and you should arm yourself with a camera as countless opportunities arise for memorable photos during the round.

So what about the golf course itself? Well aside from the fifteen Pacific Ocean holes there are 3 beautiful inland holes which wind their way through marsh, forest, and farmland. The eighteen holes combine to form an interesting, enjoyable and sometimes challenging test of golf. The four sets of tees allow the golfer to choose how much fun they would like to have during the round. Kauri Cliffs is a very playable golf course which can be enjoyed by all standard of golfers.

Kauri Cliffs was also awarded Best New International Golf Course 2001 by Golf Digest and recently selected 58th Best Golf Course in the World by the accepted authority, US Golf Magazine.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6510
Architect: David Harman
Design Year: 2000

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 402m

A straight away par 4. A tee shot left centre of fairway gives the best approach into the green. Be aware of the bunker and sever drop off on the left side of the green.

2
Par 4, Length 403m

The rough on the left angles sharply inward. A good drive should be hit just inside the bunkers on the right. Be cautious of the severe drop-offs to the left and back of the green.

3
Par 4, Length 326m

A great "little" golf hole with a wide open fairway. The challenge on this hole is the short second shot to a well guarded, undulating green.

4
Par 5, Length 510m

One of the great par 5's in golf. Aim tee shot inside left hand bunkers. Longer hitters will have the option of going for the green in two. Laying up, be aware of the narrowing landing area and hazard on the right.

5
Par 3, Length 183m

Less adventurous golfers should aim at the small fairway on the left hand side of the green. Consider an extra club, as you cannot afford to be short.

6
Par 4, Length 370m

A tee shot aimed to the left centre of the fairway leaves the best approach to the green. The green is elevated and very deep; so take this into consideration when selecting a club.

7
Par 3, Length 201m

Club selection is crucial on this demanding par 3. Don't let the views distract you.

8
Par 5, Length 493m

Aim your tee shot to the left centre of the fairway. A very long, narrow green greets you, fiercely protected by bunkers on the left.

9
Par 4, Length 353m

A severely uphill par 4 completes the front nine. Don't let the gully "bully" you, for a good tee-shot will easily carry. The tendency is to under club the second shot. This is a deep green where an extra club won't hurt.

10
Par 4, Length 333m

Aim tee-shot right centre of the fairway. Be aware of the hazard on the left of the fairway, which wraps around the back edge of the green.

11
Par 4, Length 385m

Aim tee-shot right centre of sloping fairway. A precise approach shot is necessary to this well guarded "island like" green. Shorter hitters should lay up short of the marsh.

12
Par 3, Length 192m

Anything short or left spells trouble on this wide, shallow, two tiered green.

13
Par 4, Length 390m

Aim your tee-shot right of the Totara trees in the far distance. This landing area will provide you with a good look at the well bunkered green.

14
Par 3, Length 211m

This long downhill par 3 overlooks the Cavalli Islands. The green is protected by deep bunkers on the right and a severe drop off on the left.

15
Par 5, Length 498m

The cliffs on the left and narrow fairway demand an accurate tee-shot. Longer hitters can reach this green in two.

16
Par 4, Length 335m

A tee-shot on the right hand side of the fairway leaves a short downhill approach. Very long hitters may risk the hazards and drive the green.

17
Par 4, Length 432m

On the tee, don't bite off more than you can chew. The large deep green will readily receive a long iron or wood.

18
Par 5, Length 493m

Drives to the left spell trouble here. Continue to favour the right side of the fairway but be mindful of the bunker 110 meters out.

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Lakes Resort, Pauanui

100 Augusta Drive
Pauanui, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Lakes Resort, Pauanui

Lakes Resort is situated lying amidst the preserved pristine landscape where forest covered hills blend in to some of the most spectacular wetlands seen on the Coromandel peninsular.

Lakes Resort, Pauanui is the result of a single minded focus on the creation of a golf course which would be private and uninterrupted.

The course is set lying amidst the preserved pristine landscape where forest covered hills blend in to some of the most spectacular wetlands seen on the Coromandel peninsular. This visually stunning valley with its abundance of wildlife and wetlands inspired the creation of a naturally beautiful course.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6171
Architect: Sid Puddicombe Associates
Design Year: 2004

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 275m

Hole #1 sets the pace with a comfortable starting hole, this short par 4 is guarded by a massive fairway bunker on the left side with ample fairway to the right. The elevated green sets up very well from the fairway and is protected in the front left with a small greenside bunker.

2
Par 4, Length 360m

Dont be fooled by the length on the card of this challanging par 4. This hole plays uphill all the way and a level lie will be hard to find. Grass hollows, sand bunkers and a creek crossing await those that stray. The green approach is well guarded and deceiving, the advice on this hole is play one club more than you think.

3
Par 3, Length 124m

A scenic short downhill par 3 that plays across water from the back tee. This green is large and receptive if the ball lands on the front portion of the green but DO NOT BE LONG! A portion of the green slopes back and a deep pot bunker and steep slope await shots that are too aggressive.

4
Par 4, Length 297m

The first of many holes entering the natural wetland area. From the tee, the ideal shot should be placed as close to the fairway bunker on the right as possible to ensure a good angle for the approach shot. The setting of this green is second to none, framed by Duck Creek with native trees in the background. Two large greenside bunkers help to contain stray balls from entering the creek on the left.

5
Par 4, Length 294m

After coming through the wetlands on the boardwalk, the players are treated to an uphill hole playing back towards the development. Fairway bunkers guard both sides of this demanding par 4, narrowing up the landing area. A careful approach shot is required as out of bounds lurks close to the left of the green. A bump and run shot up the right side is the safe option.

6
Par 3, Length 157m

This long par 3 is well protected by bunkers and sets up for a right to left shot, ample room is available to roll the ball onto the right side of the green.

7
Par 4, Length 360m

The first of back to back holes with water down the right side. This long par 4 allows you to hit everything, the further you hit the ball the less trouble lurking. The approach shot is demanding as it requires you to fly the ball over a shelf and onto the shallow green. Watch for the big beach bunker to the right of the green.

8
Par 5, Length 409m

This par 5 requires placement shots, a generous area rewards a well struck drive however, and the second shot requires decisions. A series of bunkers guard the left approach to the green and there is water down the entire right side. Keep the bunkers out of play and play a lay-up second shot leaving a 100 meter shot to a large green.

9
Par 4, Length 308m

A short but interesting par 4 playing back into the spectacular backdrop of the clubhouse. Club selection will be important on this green as the approach is guarded on both sides by sand and a creek runs behind the green.

10
Par 3, Length 107m

One of the many signature holes, this par 3 over water will provide excitement for those viewing from the clubhouse deck. Ranging from a peninsula tee playing 153m over water to a forgiving 94m alongside the water, this hole will provide drama for all, pay attention to what the wind is doing!

11
Par 4, Length 334m

A demanding par 4 playing straightaway to a peninsula type green, the only hole on the course with no sand but the narrow fairway and water make up for that.

12
Par 4, Length 344m

The tee shot on this par 4 must negotiate a large fairway bunker on the left and the creek on the right. The green is situated adjacent to the creek with a backdrop of lush native trees.

13
Par 4, Length 320m

A great par 4 playing out of a chute with a target bunker on the left side of the fairway. Play the tee shot towards the bunker in order to get around the slight dogleg and get a clear shot to the green. The second shot must be played over the creek to a green surrounded by grass depressions.

14
Par 4, Length 363m

A long par 4 that plays over the creek with fairway bunkers and strategically located native trees testing the tee shots. The green is located in a clearing surrounded by dense native vegetation, a very peaceful setting.

15
Par 5, Length 503m

The longest hole on the course starts from the most secluded part of the property. This three shot par 5 plays over the creek on the third shot to a well guarded but small green.

16
Par 3, Length 137m

A scenic par 3 that plays into a backdrop with the creek and its lush vegetation. Club selection will be important on this well protected hole. The green is two tiered with a large bunker guarding the front right of the green and a pot bunker and grass hollows on the left that lead down to the creek.

17
Par 5, Length 404m

One of the most interesting par 5s anywhere, this is a great risk/reward hole with water and sand coming into play all the way through. Those gambling on going for the green on their second shot need to consider the creek crossing in front of the green. Again, just watch out for the three big beach bunkers on the right.

18
Par 4, Length 316m

The finishing hole gives the player one last chance to drive for show as the fairway is very generous and wide. Things tighten up a little on the approach with the green hugging the lake on the right and a bunker on the front left. The clubhouse behind the green will make one thirsty and will provide the perfect setting to add things up and reflect on the experience.

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Mount Maunganui Golf Club

15 Fairway Avenue
Mt Maunganui, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Mount Maunganui Golf Club

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6021
Architect:
Design Year:

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Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

376 Kapiti Road
Paraparaumu, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Situated on the Kapiti Coast , a very pleasant fifty minute drive north of the Wellington , Paraparaumu Beach enjoys a long held reputation as the premier links course in New Zealand. Paraparaumu Beach has hosted the New Zealand Open championship on twelve occasions as well as numerous prestigious professional and amateur tournaments. The course was designed in 1949 by former Australian Open champion Alex Russell, the highly acclaimed course architect in partnership with Dr Alistair McKenzie, the world renowned course architect. The well drained undulating fairways, fierce rough, fast greens and intimidating bunkers combine with the naturally windy coastal weather to create a truly challenging golfing experience.

Situated on the Kapiti Coast , a very pleasant fifty minute drive north of the capital city, Wellington , Paraparaumu Beach enjoys a long held reputation as the premier links course in New Zealand. Paraparaumu Beach has hosted the New Zealand Open championship on twelve occasions as well as numerous prestigious professional and amateur tournaments.

The course was designed in 1949 by former Australian Open champion Alex Russell, the highly acclaimed course architect in partnership with Dr Alistair McKenzie, the world renowned course architect. The course has been widely acclaimed over the years. The great Australian golfer, Peter Thomson - winner of the British Open on five occasions and nine times New Zealand Open champion when invited to write the foreword for the book written to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Paraparaumu Beach, had this to say about the course;

"I loved it instantly. We had nothing like it in Australia , which must have struck Alex Russell, who did the layout. Course designing approaches an art form, especially done in a perfect modelling medium like volcanic sand. Russell must have been ecstatic. What was left after his departure was a gem of enjoyment, a monument to the game and a gift to the future. When we all turn to dust, Paraparaumu the golf, should be still lying there as it was when the first golfers came by, with Kapiti an off-shore island standing guard to see that no one steals it away. And the winds will ever blow to test the golfers will and integrity. Paraparaumu will be famed for a century yet".

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect:
Design Year:

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 368m

Best driving line over end of the path. A good tee shot then opens up the green. A deep green so note the pin position and wind for club choice for the 2nd shot. Slopes left and right of green will punish an off-line shot; line up carefully. Safe play - keep right off the tee.

2
Par 3, Length 185m

A testing hole so early in the round. Very steep slopes left and right will punish the hooked or sliced shot and a bunker short left is severe. Check wind and pin position and, if anything, be long. Left centre green is the ideal line for safety. Safe play - play for the back of the green.

3
Par 4, Length 424m

Time to get the driver out and go for left centre fairway; slopes right may put you in the rough. A tight green with bunkers short and left. Long or right can be trouble with very steep slopes at green's edge. Safe play - front right of the green.

4
Par 4, Length 408m

Important to hit a solid tee shot here to be in range of the green; left centre fairway is the line. The oblique green is nearly four clubs deep so check pin position before club selection. Bunkers right of green catch a fade. Safe play - front left of green.

5
Par 3, Length 148m

A classic par 3 requiring almost the perfect shot to one of the smaller greens. Very steep greenside slopes punish offline shots and hitting short will leave a difficult shot from the deep hollow front green. Line up carefully, swing smoothly and don't underclub. Safe play - play to the back of the green.

6
Par 4, Length 298m

A fairway wood here, except into the strongest of winds. A 'roller coaster' fairway where you may have a hanging lie. Allow for any uneven stance hitting your second. Bunkers left and right of this narrow green with a steep tier. Club to be on the same level as flag for easier putting. Safe play - right side of the fairway from the tee.

7
Par 5, Length 457m

A good line off the tee is down the right side with a draw to the centre of the fairway. Most days it is another wood and then a pitch into a smallish green. Bunkers short right and left may catch the off-line 2nd shot. Safe play - play short in two and try for an accurate pitch.

8
Par 4, Length 339m

A big dog-leg to the right and a short cut is not advised due to mounds and hollows right of fairway. The test here is the shot to the course's smallest green with bunkers left and right. You are shielded from the wind for 2nd shot; check tree tops for true wind. Safe play - stay on the front centre of the green, don't go through.

9
Par 4, Length 359m

Placement of the drive is vital here. The line is the bushy mound. An O.O.B. line runs all the way down the right rough. 2nd shot can be blind from a short drive and will usully stop quickly on this green. Check pin position; a 'four club' green in depth, water behind. Safe play - stay left from the tee. 3 wood or long iron.

10
Par 4, Length 284m

A short par 4 which can cause trouble. A fairway wood off the tee for a straight shot will avoid the water hazard left and tough rough right. Two bunkers, short and right, guard the green and a slope left will kick an off-line shot away. A straight short iron 2nd is needed. It is important to place the tee shot in the right place on this hole.

11
Par 4, Length 390m

O.O.B. all down the left with a lateral water hazard in driving range. Right centre fairway with a draw is ideal. The long 2nd shot will kick onto the green if hit right but can catch the front bunker if not hit well; better long that short into the green. A smart play here is to hit for the centre of the green.

12
Par 5, Length 498m

O.O.B. continues down the left here. Two good woods will leave a short iron pitch, depending on wind; downwind you can reach the green in two. A small bunker guards front left green and more slopes punish any ball hit right. Playing the second shot from the centre of the fairway can set up a chance of a birdie.

13
Par 4, Length 408m

A classic and very tough par 4. A good drive will reach the plateau, leaving the most challenging 2nd shot on the layout. Good club selection is rewarded as any shot hit short will roll well back and back of green is even worse. Check the wind before hitting. To make par on this hole emphasis has to be on an extremely well played second shot.

14
Par 3, Length 133m

Virtually all carry to a generously-sized green for a par 3. Don't overclub - O.O.B. very close to back of green. The tee is a little sheltered so assess the wind before club selection and allow for the fall to the green. The safe play on this hole is to play for the centre of the green and not always the pin.

15
Par 4, Length 340m

A very tight driving hole. The left edge of the ladies' tee off the blue tee and the left-hand stand of pines off the white tee gives the best line. 2nd shot allow for rise to green, guarded by bunker right. Tricky putting green, check line carefully. Being through the back of this green can result in an almost impossible chip or pitch shot especially if the pin is in the back part of the green.

16
Par 3, Length 126m

The very steep slopes back right and front call for accurate club selection and a straight shot. Have a practise swing or two and relax before this tee shot. Wind and pin position will affect your choice of club here. Missing this green left can present a problem. It is hard to stop the ball on the narrow green from the slope.

17
Par 4, Length 404m

You can shorten the hole by using the right fairway, but then have a much harder second shot unless you naturally fade the ball, avoiding the bunkers between you and the oblique green. Safety says use the left fairway - that calls for a long drive to be on in two. Green slopes away left, right and back. Depending on the wind direction a smart play on this hole can be to lay up short of the green with the second shot.

18
Par 5, Length 503m

Driving line is just left of flag poles. O.O.B. and lateral water hazard right. A pronounced slope along the fairway may kick your drive right. Bunkers left and right can catch the second shot; consider a lay-up, especially downwind. A slight slope front green pulls up a short shot in. Although this hole looks pretty straightforward it can wreck a good score. Plan how to play the hole before teeing off.

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Queenstown Golf Club - Kelvin Heights Golf Course

Peninsula Road
Queenstown, NZSOUTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Queenstown Golf Club - Kelvin Heights Golf Course

Queenstown Golf Course (formely Kelvin Heights Golf Course) is situated in the amphitheatre of the Remarkable Mountains and offers a unique opportunity to play on what is internationally regarded as one of the more picturesque golf courses in the world.

The Queenstown Golf Club is home to two distinct golf courses - Kelvin Heights and Frankston. 

Kelvin Heights Golf Course is set on the Peninsula surrounded by Lake Wakatipu. The course is situated in the amphitheatre of the Remarkable Mountains and offers a unique opportunity to play on what is internationally regarded as one of the more picturesque golf courses in the world.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6103
Architect:
Design Year:

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Royal Auckland Golf Club

Hospital Road
Otahuhu, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Royal Auckland Golf Club

The Royal Auckland Golf Club is a private Golf Club that was founded in 1894. Royal Auckland Golf Club is one of the top parkland courses in New Zealand. Many National and International tournaments have been held on the course including New Zealand Opens, New Zealand Amateurs and the Bonallack Trophy which was held in 2006.

The Auckland Golf Club is a private Golf Club that was founded in 1894, with the first course situated at the Auckland Domain. In the 1890's the Club moved to farmland at Greenlane and then in April 1900 the Auckland Golf Club's lease of the One Tree Hill site was secured.
 
In 1907 the Club purchased land at Otahuhu which was to become the permanent home of the Auckland Golf Club with the links being opened in April 1910.
 
Today the Auckland Golf Club is one of the top parkland courses in New Zealand. Many National and International tournaments have been held on the course including New Zealand Opens, New Zealand Amateurs and the Bonallack Trophy which was held in 2006.

Course Information

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Tara Iti Golf Club

71 Tara Iti Drive
Mangawhai, NZNORTH, 0975
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Tara Iti Golf Club

**Private golf club with extremely limited availability, subject to arrangements ** An absolute beachfront golf course combining an outstanding design by world renowned course designed Tom Doak, Tara Iti is receiving rave reviews from around the golfing world. Tees, fairways and greens blend into each other and holes are set among towering sand dunes and a picturesque ocean backdrop.

Course Information

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Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 331m

2
Par 3, Length 150m

3
Par 4, Length 388m

4
Par 4, Length 284m

5
Par 5, Length 514m

6
Par 4, Length 364m

7
Par 4, Length 256m

8
Par 4, Length 377m

9
Par 4, Length 404m

10
Par 3, Length 193m

11
Par 5, Length 477m

12
Par 4, Length 428m

13
Par 4, Length 272m

14
Par 4, Length 376m

15
Par 3, Length 165m

16
Par 4, Length 327m

17
Par 3, Length 133m

18
Par 5, Length 484m

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Taupo Golf Club

32 Centennial Drive
Taupo, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Taupo Golf Club

Taupo Golf Club offers two 18 hole golf courses on offer year round, along with modern facilities and services to provide you with a wonderful golfing experience in Taupo. The courses are located close to Taupo township and situated in a mature park setting amongst thermal activity and under the eye of Mt Tauhara.

Taupo Golf Club offers golfers a unique golfing experience with two 18 hole golf courses on offer year round, along with modern facilities and services to provide you with a wonderful golfing experience in Taupo.

The courses are located close to Taupo township and situated in a mature park setting amongst thermal activity
and under the eye of Mt Tauhara.

Course Information

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Terrace Downs High Country Resort

Coleridge Road, Rakaia Gorge
Darfield, RD2, NZSOUTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Terrace Downs High Country Resort

Terrace Downs High Country Resort is a stunning 18 hole golf course of international standard, rated among the top 3 in New Zealand . A par 72 course, designed to inspire and delight golfers at all levels of competency.

A stunning 18 hole golf course of international standard, rated among the top 3 in New Zealand . A par 72 course, designed to inspire and delight golfers at all levels of competency. The course is long (6,440m), features 11 lakes and 70 bunkers and offers a choice of 4 tees on each hole. The views are awesome, challenging players to keep their eyes on the ball.

The fabulous Clubhouse at Terrace Downs High Country Resort offers golfers the best of all possible worlds. There is supreme comfort and convenience in its luxurious interior, whether before or after your round on the 6,500 metre high country challenge.

A well-equipped Pro Shop with the latest equipment for hire, if required, awaits your arrival. Pause and enjoy a coffee and snack in the lounge bar, and admire the incredible vistas from the top floor of the Clubhouse.Or you can sit outside on the sun balcony with a cold beer and look across the entire back nine holes, where you'll soon be skirting those big lakes!

Course Information

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Architect: David Cox, Sid Puddicombe, Noel Bain and Fin Hobbs
Design Year: 1996

Playing Tips

1
Par , Length m

Standing on the first tee of Terrace Downs, one is likely to experience a sense of anticipation. The hole is a 455-metre par five double left-hand dogleg. Before addressing the ball one needs to contemplate their approach and decide whether or not to take on the water that extends more than 200 metres between the two doglegs or play it safely down the right hand side. The approach to the green is difficult from distance as the fairway slopes toward the water and bunkers protect both sides of the green, leaving only a narrow landing area if one is to arrive at the green safely. The green is large, slightly contoured and slopes from back to front and right to left.

2
Par , Length m

This is a long 420-metre par four. It is straight and slightly downhill. Its challenge is the extremely punishing rough on both sides of the fairway. A fairway bunker protects the right side of the fairway at the 250m mark and bunkers on the front left and right sides protect the green. The kidney shaped green terraces down to a lower tier and with the pin at the back this can be a very tough green to read.

3
Par , Length m

Views of Mount Hutt towering high behind the flag greet one on the third tee. As with the second the challenge of this hole is in navigating the punishing rough to the left and right. The green is also protected by bunkers to the front left and right, leaving a narrow approach that can best be navigated with a high mid iron.

4
Par , Length m

Definitely a favourite of many golfers, the fourth is a cheeky par three that requires a fair amount of confidence coupled with a good iron shot to carry the lake protecting the front of the green. From the back tee it is 175 metres in length and with the pin placed at front left only a very accurate shot will get close. The safe option is short and right but most players prefer to take their chance on landing one on the green. Centre back and right sides of the green are bunkers that can leave a difficult shot onto a surface that slopes away and toward the water.

5
Par , Length m

The fifth green is blind from the tee with the fairway playing down a natural valley and over a small rise before turning sharply left. Fairway bunkers on the left create a hazard for the wayward golfer but the real challenge of this hole is the elevated green. Raised about two and a half metres, the green is cut back on the right hand side and protected on the left by a long bunker. The cut back means that only an accurate shot will remain on the green with an approach window of only about 5 metres wide. The safe golfer will play slightly short or try and run the ball up the green but go too far and youll be out the back or off the side and find yourself in difficult rough on a steep slope.

6
Par , Length m

Possibly the most deceptive hole on the course, the sixth hole is a 161 metre par three that at a glance may seem simple, but club selection can be very difficult and will vary considerably with weather conditions. The green has bunkers front left and right and the lake to the right hand side of the green can catch you out, as it is totally blind from the tee.

7
Par , Length m

A magnificent long par five that unfolds as one plays it, the seventh hole is one of the most challenging on the course. At 556 metres from the back tees it is certainly the longest hole and after a good drive the fairway winds left onto a lower terrace. The lower part of the fairway meanders between a lake on the right and a bunker on the left strategically placed to ensure the long hitters use the fairway. At the end of the lake is the seventh green and a back right pin placement calls for accuracy in approach or wet feet.

8
Par , Length m

The eighth is probably the most difficult hole on the front nine. From the back tees it is a 419 metre long par four that doglegs right between a series of fairway bunkers and off the tee is straight into the teeth of the predominant wind from the North West. Two good hits are essential if one is to par this hole and long rough to the left and right will swallow any stray balls. From the dogleg the green appears to be just behind a deceptive fairway bunker but is in fact about forty metres beyond. The green is tiered into two levels and very wide, making an accurate approach essential for a good score.

9
Par , Length m

The predominant tail wind assists one in achieving the length from the tee required for this hole. With water on the left and the fairway turning right around a fairway bunker, this hole is the second most challenging on the front nine. A narrow approach into a brutal two-tier green protected by bunkers at each corner creates an entertaining finale to the front half of the course. Front left of the green is a good spot to be in after two shots.

10
Par , Length m

A thrilling start to the back nine, the tee on this spectacular par three sits high on the edge of a terrace offering panoramic views of the second nine holes. Take a moment to revisit your game plan and soak up the views. The elevation gives you a chance to contemplate your target: a peninsular green surrounded on three sides by water with the front left protected by sand. The hole generally plays shorter than its length but varies with wind direction.

11
Par , Length m

A very tough hole with a most intimidating tee shot: 250 metres of water frames the left side of the fairway which then doglegs left between this lake and a another smaller lake on the right. The green sits between two bunkers and slopes left to right and back to front. From the green the property drops dramatically down to the Rakaia Gorge and the views are simply breathtaking.

12
Par , Length m

An elevated tee offers a great view over the gorge, up to the mountains and back over the course. Just left of the mound is the percentage shot while the big hitters can take on the corner (a must if you want to have a crack at the green in two). A huge expanse of lake runs 200 metres up the left side of the fairway beckoning those who draw (or left-handers who fade). Your second shot has to circumnavigate this lake and carry a huge bunker on the right. The green approach has two fairway bunkers and another couple around the dance floor. The green is smaller than most and the borrow is subtle.

13
Par , Length m

A long straight par four where the tee shot is threatened by fairway bunkers left and right and even a good drive will leave a long iron to a long narrow green that at first glance looks like it is hanging over the side of the gorge. Short or left is the place to miss. The green has quite a lot of slope from back to front and poor club selection can leave a monster putt.

14
Par , Length m

The first of two fantastic short par fours. The fairway doglegs around a beautiful island lake from left to right. The water pushes you left but look out for a cavernous bunker. A fairway wood or long iron off the tee is the smart option and will leave a small to mid iron to a kidney shaped green. The left side of the fairway gives the best approach into this green which is surrounded by a cluster of hazards protecting par three pot bunkers on the left, a tongue of water from the lake and a central pot bunker on the right. The green is well contoured from back to front so take care when reading the putt.

15
Par , Length m

A driveable par four, the carry is about 200m but its not a doddle. First the tee shot is all water carry, then the drive has to skirt two pot bunkers on the left and another on the right of the green. The entrance is very tight and a slight fade for a right hander is the best shot. If that doesnt tickle your fancy hit a mid to long iron to the fat part of the fairway, it will leave you a wedge to the green and a good chance at birdie.

16
Par , Length m

One of our most spectacular holes. The tee hangs over the gorge and looks down 200 metres to the aquamarine water below with Mt Hutt towering above. The green is just a wedge or so away but you will have to carry two ravines that drop all the way to the river through thick native bush. Your tee shot also has to carry a deep pot bunker short of the green and skirt another on the left. Forget about being short as a short ball is an automatic reload! The green slopes dramatically left to right and front to back completing this exciting and challenging hole. For the faint hearted golfer there is a small bail out area on the front left!

17
Par , Length m

A dramatic split-fairway par four. Your options are to lay up short of the hazard and play safe with a dog-leg around the traps, or go for it by driving over the hazard to the tongue of the fairway on the right of the pond. The green is very large with a big slope from back to front and right to left.

18
Par , Length m

A classic par five. The fairway dog-legs right and then climbs to a tiered green nestled in the valley below the Clubhouse. Dont be tempted to cut the corner with your drive as its further than it looks and there is a certain lost ball if it hits the long rough. Stay left and try to hit your fairway wood to the large green. Beware of an aggressive second shot, as there are fierce sand traps protecting this green.

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The Grange Golf Club

Grange Road
Papatoetoe, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

The Grange Golf Club

Situated in Manukau City, within easy driving distance of Auckland International Airport and only 20 minutes drive from the centre of Auckland City, The Grange Golf Club is one of New Zealand's best courses. It offers excellent facilities and a championship standard course suitable for players of all abilities.

Situated in Manukau City, within easy driving distance of Auckland International Airport and only 20 minutes drive from the centre of Auckland City, The Grange Golf Club is one of New Zealand's best courses. It offers excellent facilities and a championship standard course suitable for players of all abilities.

The Grange golf course is always immacuately presented in all weathers and is an excellent test of golf. Visitors from around the world are made welcome, and the course has hosted every major New Zealand Tournament, both Amateur and Professional. The New Zealand Open Championship has been held on the course on ten occasions. 

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5974
Architect:
Design Year:

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The Hills

Rapid 164 McDonnell Road
Arrowtown, NZSOUTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

The Hills

The Hills, opened in 2007, is set over 101 hectares (250 acres) of former deer farm on the outskirts of Arrowtown in Central Otago. The Mill race winds its way through the property and feeds the ten lakes and various ponds and waterways on the golf course.

The Course

The Hills, opened in 2007, is set over 101 hectares (250 acres) of former deer farm on the outskirts of Arrowtown in Central Otago. The Mill race winds its way through the property and feeds the ten lakes and various ponds and waterways on the golf course. Trees, both native and exotic, are a feature of the course.

The wetland area have been expanded, planted out with varieties of New Zealand flax, toetoe, the ubiquitous cabbage tree and wetland grasses and reeds. More than 50,000 red and silver tussock plants create a spectacular visual statement. Winter snow and frost conditions provide the ideal climate to grow fine grasses preferred for modern day golf.

The Clubhouse

The Hills Clubhouse designed by Andrew Patterson of Patterson Associates Ltd, was  a supreme award winner, in the prestigious 2008 New Zealand Institute of Architects Resene Awards for Architecture. The complex has been shortlisted as a finalist in the inaugural World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October.

A sophisticated bunker with less than a quarter of it above ground, the Clubhouse  is designed to seamlessly integrate with the landscape. The innovative roof is topped with native tussock and the large floor to ceiling windows and covered deck provide a grandstand view of the 18th green.

The Wellness Centre

Showcases elegant and contemporary spa therapy rooms where the emphasis is on pure indulgence! Open to the public the Centre caters to both men and women providing massages from sports deep tissue to aroma therapy. We use only exclusive, internationally renowned products and offer facials, waxing, tinting, manicures and pedicures. The Wellness Centre is a total experience where you will be nurtured and pampered by our professional therapist team in a luxurious environment.

The Gym

Our purpose- built gymnasium features state-of-the-art equipment specifically designed and custom made for The Hills. Traditional training and weight machines are incorporated, along with the revolutionary PowerPlate, which offers an effective and fast workout, using accelerated training technology. The PowerPlate has a vital role in total wellness and its many benefits include improved muscle tone and body strength, circulation and flexibility. Our highly qualified personal trainer provides assessments and personal programmes and regular yoga classes are offered to members.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6610
Architect: Darby Partners
Design Year:

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 475m

Ease into the course from an elevated tee (with fabulous 360 views). Admire the giant sculpted weta to the right of the fairway. A genuine birdie hole.

2
Par 4, Length 371m

Straightforward hole.. if you're straight and forward. The narrow green is protected by pot bunkers. Tussocks await those whose approach shots are wayward.

3
Par 4, Length 353m

Nothing to fear if you're accurate off the tee, but menacing fescue grasses and tussocks will penalise hooks and slices. Plenty of birdies should happen here.

4
Par 3, Length 235m

Game on! Spectacular, intimidating hole. Water, pot bunkers and the ridge through the middle of the green will test even the most confident of golfers.

5
Par 4, Length 308m

Short, challenging hole into the prevailing breeze. Big hitters might even drive the green. Best to avoid the fairway bunker and deep greenside bunkers.

6
Par 4, Length 395m

Don't get so carried away with the views of Arrowtown and the Cardrona ski valley that you drive into Dragonfly Lake. The terraced green has hazards front and back.

7
Par 3, Length 189m

Major concerns if you drift left of the flag - a huge swale will ensnare your ball. Pot bunkers to the right. A significant ridge runs through the middle of the green.

8
Par 4, Length 465m

The longest par four presents a menacing bunker - where the fairway dog-legs right - and intrusive schist near the green. Sigh with relief if you salvage a par.

9
Par 5, Length 544m

The awesome Remarkables form the backdrop to the longest hole which is essentially uphill. Another hole demanding accuracy and savvy club selection.

10
Par 3, Length 149m

Short, but oh so challenging. You'll need to select the perfect club to zero in on the pin and avoid the ominous trio of pot bunkers behind the green.

11
Par 4, Length 397m

A straightforward par four, as long as you don't deviate into the fescue greases which line both sides of the fairway. Putting from above the hole will be treacherous.

12
Par 4, Length 388m

Decisions to be made. The shorter, direct route lands you in a minefield of bunkers and rough but can open up a birdie opportunity. Three pot bunkers frame the green.

13
Par 5, Length 525m

Genuine birdie hole if you avoid the five fiendishly placed fairway bunkers on the right. Accuracy into the narrow green is essential because the back slopes away.

14
Par 4, Length 392m

The ultimate drive should carry 260 metres into the prevailing wind and land between two deep pot bunkers. The green is narrow and undulating.

15
Par 4, Length 301m

Birdie opportunity for the brave on this short par four. While the three-tiered green is drivable, it's surrounded by five deep pot bunkers.

16
Par 3, Length 167m

A hole with no bunkers! Instead, there's a water-filled irrigation canal alongside the fairway and a massive swale to the left of the green. Be grateful if you secure a par.

17
Par 5, Length 506m

The Hills' signature hole. Dubbed the Canyon, it's a genuine birdie hole as long as you avoid the water, the schist outcrops and the massive fairway bunker.

18
Par 4, Length 450m

Grand Finale! But don't get carried away with the scenery because menacing bunkers and long fescue grasses lurk on the fairway while the green is surrounded by deep bunkers.

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The Kinloch Club

Kinloch Road
Taupo, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

The Kinloch Club

The Kinloch Club has been designed by world renowned golfer and course designer, Jack Nicklaus and has been lauded for its quality design and testing golf challenge.

The Kinloch Club has just been completed, opening for play in June 2007.

World renowned golfer and course designer, Jack Nicklaus has designed this 18 hole signature course and it is on track to be one of New Zealand's best. As the only Jack Nicklaus designed course in New Zealand, the design team have worked hard to enhance the natural environment and create a course that is both challenging and enjoyable for players of all levels.

Also located on the Kinloch Club property will be a residential community, a 9 hole par three golf course, modern clubhouse, gymnasium, tennis courts and other lifestyle facilities.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6734
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Design Year: 2003-2007

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 436m

Favour the left hand side of the fairway. Approach shot is to a slightly elevated green with bunkers guarding the front. Leaving yourself a shorter 2nd shot will allow the trajectory required to stop the ball on the putting surface.

2
Par 5, Length 493m

Longer hitters hoping to get home in two, drive down the right side for extra run. Conservative players favour the left hand side off the tee. The green has some serious undulations. If you go through the green you will be faced with a tricky chip.

3
Par 3, Length 170m

Consider the wind direction when selecting your club. There will be more bogeys than birdies on this hole so hitting the putting surface is your main priority.

4
Par 4, Length 454m

Higher handicappers aim at the right hand tree. Longer hitters it's a big hit to carry the left hand fairway traps. A long tee shot on this hole will often result in a downhill lie for your second shot making your approach more difficult to flight and control.

5
Par 4, Length 333m

Favour the right hand side of the fairway with your tee shot as this will offer you a better view of the green on your second shot.

6
Par 4, Length 352m

A well placed tee-shot is a must. Fairway banks from right to left. The long hitter can take dead aim at the green but this requires a very long carry over the three traps guarding the green. Par is a good score on this hole.

7
Par 3, Length 200m

This green is larger than it appears from the tee. However, it is well guarded with bunkers and subtle slopes. For those not pin-seeking, take dead aim at the centre of the green for a good result.

8
Par 5, Length 512m

A great par 5 with options on your second shot. It's possible to cut off some of the holes distance from the tee but be warned that the further left that you aim the greater carry you require.

9
Par 4, Length 416m

A tee-shot between the bunkers is a perfect result. The fairway narrows the further you drive. Second shot is to an elevated green. The major trouble by the green is for a shot lost to the right. Take one more club than you think if in any doubt as a shot finishing short will leave a tough up and down.

10
Par 4, Length 432m

Aim at the bunker off the tee. Longer hitters you can aim left of this however the further left you aim the greater the carry required to reach the fairway. This green is deeper front to back on the right side so take this into account when playing your approach.

11
Par 3, Length 190m

A well guarded green on this par 3. Take into account the wind direction when selecting your club. Anywhere on the putting surface is a well played shot.

12
Par 5, Length 517m

Favour the left half of the fairway as the fairway slopes from left to right. Aim at the left hand traps on your second shot to leave a view of the green for your approach. Longer hitters (trying to get home in two) may want to try shaping the ball left-to-right off of the left-hand fairway traps as there is a channel onto the green that will reward this shot if executed well.

13
Par 4, Length 393m

Aim up the left half of this hole. If you can squeeze a few extra yards off of the tee you will have a better view of the green for your second shot.

14
Par 4, Length 385m

If you do not reach the top of the rise you will be left with a blind second shot. Trust your yardage on your second shot as your eyes may fool you into thinking the distance is not as far as it seems.

15
Par 3, Length 224m

Take note of the wind direction which will often be into your face. You do not want to finish short or left of this green so bear this in mind when visualising your tee-shot and especially when selecting your club.

16
Par 5, Length 521m

The length of your tee-shot will determine how you play the rest of the hole. Aim left of the right hand fairway traps visible from the tee. For the longer hitters you may wish to have a crack over the valley in two but a second shot played to the fairway on the right will leave an inviting approach for your third shot.

17
Par 3, Length 183m

This par 3 will often play into the wind. It pays not to be short so it is worth taking one more club from the tee than you think. Anything short of or left of the green will make the task of making par more difficult.

18
Par 5, Length 523m

An accurate tee shot is required to help you finish in style. Aim between the left and right hand fairway traps. For the longer hitters if you feel there is enough gas left in the tank you can attempt to fly the left hand fairway trap. A second shot to the right offers a nice approach for your third - for those taking it on in two be aware that anything left short will be wet as the slopes at the front of the green will gather your ball for an early bath.

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Titirangi Golf Club

Links Road
New Lynn, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Titirangi Golf Club

Located 20 minutes from Auckland, Titirangi Golf Club is considered on of New Zealand's best courses with its tall exotic, native bush and undulating landscapes.

Located 20 minutes from Auckland, Titirangi Golf Club is considered on of New Zealand's best courses with its tall exotic, native bush and undulating landscapes.

Opened in 1926, the course was designed by Alister MacKenzie - who is also well known for his work on the world famous Augusta National, Royal Melbourne, Cypress Point.

The course has undergone some recent course updates, however the subtle cunning of MacKenzie's design is still very much a part of Titirangi.  Today, the course is consistently rated in New Zealand's top five.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 6050
Architect: Alistair MacKenzie
Design Year: 1926

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 282m

Your drive should be right of centre, this gives the best shot at any pin position.

2
Par 4, Length 310m

Keep the drive as close to the line of the greenside as possible.

3
Par 4, Length 389m

The wind on this tee will fool you. Watch which way the flag is blowing.

4
Par 3, Length 169m

The wind on this tee will fool you. Watch which way the flag is blowing.

5
Par 5, Length 485m

Keep drive as tight left as possible if you want to get up for two.

6
Par 4, Length 387m

Drive at the power pole, left is not good. Second shot is longer than you think.

7
Par 3, Length 190m

Keep the ball below the hole.

8
Par 4, Length 310m

If downwind, go with your driver but keep it on a tight line right. If into the wind, lay up with a long iron. Watch the borrow on the green.

9
Par 4, Length 408m

Drive as tight left as you dare for the best line to the green.

10
Par 4, Length 352m

Centre or just right of centre is the best driving line. Watch the borrow on the green.

11
Par 3, Length 161m

If the pin is on the left, it is one club more than if the pin is on the right.

12
Par 4, Length 419m

A drive down the left side gives the shortest line to the green. A long green, so the right club is important. A big par 4.

13
Par 5, Length 468m

Left is the best line from the tee. There is more room than you think. Anything right will cut you out from the green.

14
Par 3, Length 185m

There is only one place to hit it. On the green, preferably on the right level.

15
Par 4, Length 368m

Off the back tees, driver with a controlled draw will get you down near the green.

16
Par 4, Length 384m

Keep drive left, second shot clubbing all important. Watch the borrow across the green.

17
Par 4, Length 425m

Keep drive right, second shot short will bounce right. A long green.

18
Par 4, Length 338m

Second shot all important, keep the ball below the hole on the green. Slopes from back to front.

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Wairakei International Golf Course

State Highway One
Taupo, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Wairakei International Golf Course

Wairakei is an international standard golf course located in the beautiful Lake Taupo region of New Zealand. The course sprawls over its expansive property using the natural contours to the fullest. Over 100 bunkers are carefully positioned to catch errant shots and cleverly placed water hazards provide both a visual beauty and challenge.

The Wairakei International Golf Course was built by the New Zealand government's Tourist Hotel Corporation, set midway between Auckland and Wellington, in the heart of the spectacular scenery of the Lake Taupo region. Built as a green fee facility, rather than a club facility, the course is open to all who spend their holidays in the neighbourhood of Lake Taupo.

Officially opened in 1970, the course lies on 450 acres of natural rolling countryside and was developed to meet the rigorous design standards required for world class championship competition.

The end result is a course that sprawls over the property using the natural contours to the fullest. This coupled with the 6429 metres from the championship tees and 108 large well placed bunkers, has lead to worldwide acclaim. In January 1996 US Golf Digest rated Wairakei 17th best golf course outside of the USA. This plus featuring in publications like the World Atlas of Golf, enhance our growing reputation but really it is the natural beauty and sheer experience of the property that makes Wairakei a must for both serious and casual golfers. A don't miss experience.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6429
Architect: Commander John Harris, Peter Thomson and Michael Wolveridge
Design Year: 1970

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 462m

The first and shortest of Wairakei's par 5's. A straight forwarded hole provided you avoid the 11 bunkers scattered up the fairway and around the green. Use the course guide to lay up short of the fairway bunkers close to the green or carry them if you dare. A two-tiered green places importance of distance control for your approach shot.

2
Par 3, Length 131m

The first of Wairakei's 4 very special par 3's. An intimidating tee shot from the blue tee of some 215m across a gully to a large moderately bunkered green. Check the flag location from the front tees, as the length of the green is deceiving. In all cases avoid the deep greenside bunker to the left.

3
Par 5, Length 493m

a. A par 5 which gets more demanding the closer you get to the green. A tee shot down the right hand side will generally kick back into the fairway. b. The second shot requires good placement to enable as easy shot as possible to the green. There is more room down the left side, take advantage of it to avoid the deep gully on the right. Ensure you are short or wide of the single bunker in the middle of the fairway. c. The first truly demanding approach shot. Both distance and direction are important. The green is protected by a gully on the right and large bunker to the left. The two-tier green makes for a difficult two putt if on the wrong level.

4
Par 4, Length 325m

a. A short par 4 that requires two well played shots. The tee is demanding, avoiding the large pine tree to the left is crucial. Driver is not always the club of choice as the two fairway bunkers to the right are reachable, either lay up short or shape the ball right to left. b. A difficult green to hit sitting diagonally to the fairway set in front of a spectacular old oak. Don't get carried away with the scenery a shot which is not accurate with both distance and direction will leave a different chip up to a flat green.

5
Par 3, Length 135m

A demanding par 3 from all tees choice of club is crucial to this very shallow green. If in doubt with club selection, take an extra one. Check wind direction by looking at the tree tops and flag as the tee can be deceptively calm. The problems don't stop there, the green slopes from back to front making a long two putt tricky.

6
Par 4, Length 401m

a. Yes the hole is as impressive as the view from the tee. The tee shot needs to be well struck with length more important than direction on this reasonably wide fairway. b. Your course guide and pin placement sheet will be of assistance to this elevated green. You will be well advised to avoid the deep bunker cut into the front of the green. The green itself is generous in size and flat, the hard part is getting there.

7
Par 4, Length 300m

a. A good tee shot sets up this hole well. A drive close to the right hand side of the first fairway bunker is ideal. Shape the tee shot left to right if you wish, avoid going left at all costs. b. Providing you've found the fairway your left with a straight forward shot to a large flat green. A hole most players feel they can get a shot back on, don't get lazy as the 2 bunkers will catch anything a little short.

8
Par 4, Length 323m

a. Arguably one of the most demanding holes on the course. Finding the fairway is essential for a good score on this hole. You can bite off as much as you dare down the right hand side although the risk does not always match the reward, any shot from the upper area of fairway leaves a short iron to the green. b, c & d. A second shot across water often makes for some interesting swings. The back portion of the green is a good target. A forward pin placement requires an accurate shot to avoid the water and two bunkers set into the side of the green. Regardless of your result, enjoy the scenery.

9
Par 4, Length 376m

a. A long par 4 well protected down the right with 6 fairway bunkers. A well struck tee shot shaped right to left down the fairway leaves you in good position for your second. b. Usually a longer iron is required for your second to another large green sloping slightly from back left to front right. Again two large greenside bunkers protect the green left and right with not a lot of room between them in front.

10
Par 3, Length 156m

The green is set into the side of a hill, getting wider further up the green. The hole generally plays longer than it looks as anything short will feed into one of three deep bunkers guarding the front of the green.

11
Par 4, Length 307m

a. The hole is broken into 2 segments by a small creek running across the fairway short of the green. A shot played to the same side of the fairway as the pin is on often leaves an easier second shot. b. A demanding shot is asked of the player here. The green is kidney shaped and very narrow in the middle. Distance control is essential with a deep bunker short and gully back of the green. Not a long shot but the more height the better.

12
Par 4, Length 261m

a. The second of 2 short par 4's in succession. Again requiring an accurate second shot. Not a lot to be gained with the tee shot, so long as it is not in the pond to the right of one of the 4 fairway traps you are in good position. b. Like the 11th green distance control is essential 2 bunkers cut into the hill protect the elevated green. Although the green is flat it is shallow and split into 2 sections left and right by a slope you should try to avoid.

13
Par 4, Length 356m

a. The 13th plays as one of the longest par 4's on the course. The fairway is generously wide however a tee shot down the right side provides the only direct line to the green. b. A difficult approach shot, the green is protected by a large pine tree short and left often requiring a shot to be played with right to left shape. The green is long and thin rolling off on both sides to deep greenside bunkers. Use the pin placement system to determine how far up the green the hole is. A truly challenging hole.

14
Par 5, Length 471m

a. The tee shot played down a narrow chute needs to be long and straight. Beware of the fairway bunkers left and right. b. The second shot again needs to be well struck, the decision to play left or right of the big pine should be determined by the hole location, so check your guide. c. You will have done well to be playing your 3rd from good position on the fairway but the challenge isn't over yet. The elevated split level kidney shaped green provides many problems to overcome. The left side of the green provides a larger landing area but you must be on the same level as the hole. Par on the hole is a good score in anyone's book.

15
Par 3, Length 136m

A dramatically different hole from all 3 tee locations and the last of the testing par 3's. Like most of the holes at Wairakei club selection is important, the green is large but the penalty for coming up short is heavy. The deepest part of the green is the middle and generally a good place to aim regardless of the pin position.

16
Par 4, Length 341m

a. A straight forward hole although you cannot see the landing area for your tee shot, a shot down the right hand side will generally feed back onto the fairway, however a shot pulled left leaves you struggling to find the green for 2. b. Again a large green which slopes a little right to left. The green is a lot larger than it apprears from ground level. Beware of the sucker pin back left.

17
Par 4, Length 345m

a. One of the most demanding tee shots from the blue tees, requiring a long well positioned ball. The tee shot is blind generally the right side of the fairway is preferred as it opens up the green. b. A shallow wide green can have several different pin positions. Anything left of the centre needs good distance control and the ball to stop quickly once on the green. A bail out option to the right side of the green is available however make sure the range finder on the putter is working if choosing this option.

18
Par 5, Length 482m

a. The final hole again has a well protected fairway with 3 bunkers waiting to catch a wayward drive. The length of the tee shot will determine the strategy for the rest of the hole. b. An attempt at the green can be make from a well struck drive however if you choose this option a large bunker stretches from the right side of the green out onto the right edge of the fairway so beware. A lay up over the second series of fairway bunkers leaves a short approach to the green. c. The forward half of the green slopes gradually down to the front edge while the back position is generally flat. Another large green so choose your final club wisely.

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Waitangi Golf Club

Tau Henare Drive
Waitangi, NZNORTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Waitangi Golf Club

The Waitangi Course not only provides an exciting and ever changing challenge to the golfer but also the most tremendous panorama of sea and island views over the Bay of Islands and Russell, river and estuary views over Waitangi and Opua and rolling bush and forest views inland over Mount Bledisloe and Puketona.

The Waitangi Course not only provides an exciting and ever changing challenge to the golfer but also the most tremendous panorama of sea and island views over the Bay of Islands and Russell, river and estuary views over Waitangi and Opua and rolling bush and forest views inland over Mount Bledisloe and Puketona.

These views are complemented by well groomed greens and fairways surrounded by areas of flowering native trees which provide sanctuary for many varieties of native birds. As many visiting golfers, particularly those from overseas, claim Waitangi is truly millionaires country for all to enjoy.

In 1932 the then Governor General of New Zealand, Lord Bledisloe and his wife Lady Bledisloe purchased just over one thousand acres of land on the Waitangi Peninsular and donated it to the inhabitants of New Zealand as a place of historic interest and recreational enjoyment for their benefit and use in perpetuity.

This land is known as the Waitangi National Trust and is now administered and managed under the terms of the original gift by the Waitangi National Trust Board. The Waitangi Golf Club leases the land on which the course has been developed from the Trust.

Course Information

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ACR:
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Wanaka Golf Club

Ballantyne Road
Wanaka, NZSOUTH
New Zealand

Region: New Zealand

Wanaka Golf Club

The Wanaka Golf Course is a picturesque 18 hole golf course surrounded by mountains, overlooking the lake, nestled above the township of Wanaka.

The Wanaka Golf Course is a picturesque 18 hole golf course surrounded by mountains, overlooking the lake, nestled above the township of Wanaka.

Wanaka Golf Club is home to 1000 members and hosts plenty of happy holidaying green fee players. Course maintenance is of a very high standard here and as Central Otago continues to grow as a golfing destination so too does Wanaka Golf Club.

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Par: 70
ACR: 70
Length (m): 5706
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New Zealand is known as 'the land of the long white cloud' and can also claim the title of the 'youngest country in the world'. The country is divided into two islands - the North Island where you can find the beautiful cities of Auckland and Wellington, and South Island - home to Christchurch and Queenstown.  New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.

With over 400 golf courses to choose from, New Zealand stands up as one of the World's most desirable golfing destinations.  New Zealand is a place where you can play 18 holes against the backdrop of the spectacular Pacific Ocean in the morning, and then enjoy the jaw-dropping beauty of a golf course nestled in a geothermal wonderland in the afternoon.  There are a number of internationally acclaimed courses that will impress even the most discerning golfer for their impecable design such as Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs.

Auckland and Bay of Islands

Auckland city is located on the North Island over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbour.  Within a 30-minute drive of magnificent beaches, bushwalking tracks, holiday islands, famous food and wine regions, it is little wonder that Auckland is New Zealands most popular city to live.  Aside from sailing, golf is a popular activity with a number of championship golf courses dotting this region.

Located 20 minutes from Auckland, Titirangi Golf Club is considered one of New Zealand's best courses with its tall exotic, native bush and undulating landscapes. Opened in 1926, the course was designed by famous course architect Alister MacKenzie. Today, the course is consistently rated in New Zealand's top five. The Auckland Golf Club is a private Golf Club that was founded in 1894. Auckland Golf Club is one of the top parkland courses in New Zealand and many National and International tournaments have been held on the course including New Zealand Opens, New Zealand Amateurs and the Bonallack Trophy which was held in 2006. 

Spectacular finishing holes, ocean views, rolling terrain and classic, traditional values all combine to make the Gulf Harbour Country Club one of the most exciting developments in New Zealand. This 6,400 metre, par 72 golf course is located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland. It meanders through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish. The beauty, challenge and enjoyment of Gulf Harbour combine to provide an enjoyable golf experience. Muriwai Golf Club is a private club and links course situated in a protected bird sanctuary. There are no encroaching buildings, no traffic sounds or large crowds. The only sound you'll hear are the calls of native birds and the surf breaking on the beach. The course is of naturally rolling fairways and breathtaking views of sea and forests from every hole. To play at Muriwai is to play as the game was meant to be played.

Situated in Manukau City, within easy driving distance of Auckland International Airport and only 20 minutes drive from the centre of Auckland City, The Grange Golf Club is one of New Zealand's best courses. It offers excellent facilities and a championship standard course suitable for players of all abilities. The Grange golf course is always immacuately presented in all weathers and is an excellent test of golf. Visitors from around the world are made welcome, and the course has hosted every major New Zealand Tournament, both Amateur and Professional. The New Zealand Open Championship has been held on the course on ten occasions. The Formosa Auckland Country Club's golf course is surrounded by lush farmland and stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf, and is about 45 minutes from downtown Auckland. The course was designed by golfing legend Sir Bob Charles and is modeled on the Augusta National, home of the US Masters and was the venue for the 1998 New Zealand Open. Formosa is listed in The Finest Golf Clubs of the World and covers an area of 440 acres.  

The Bay of Islands is approximately 3.5 hours drive north-west of Auckland.  Its 144 islands and secluded bays make this region one of the finest maritime parks in New Zealand. The Northern tip of New Zealand is renowned for blue skies, spectacular scenery and some very good golf courses. Also known as the Winterless North the area boasts a number of quality golf developments including the awe inspiring Kauri Cliffs and the equally as impressive Carrington Club.

Kauri Cliffs is one of those surreal golf experiences that avid golfers should experience at least once in their lifetime.  Located four and a half hours north of Auckland in the Bay of Islands region, its absolute ocean frontage ensures uninterrupted views on many of the golf holes as well as from the Lodge itself. Aside from the fifteen Pacific Ocean holes there are 3 beautiful inland holes which wind their way through marsh, forest, and farmland. The eighteen holes combine to form an interesting, enjoyable and sometimes challenging test of golf. Kauri Cliffs is a very playable golf course which can be enjoyed by all standards of golfers. Kauri Cliffs was also awarded Best New International Golf Course 2001 by Golf Digest and recently selected 58th Best Golf Course in the World by the accepted authority, US Golf Magazine.

The tournament quality 18 hole Carrington Golf Course was inaugurated on 15 December 2003 and designed by American golf course designer Matt Dye. The course is separated from the beautiful 15 metre high sand dunes of Karikari Beach and views to the North Cape of New Zealand by extensive 900 acre natural wetlands. Carrington is complete with rolling hills, vales, and natural water hazards that complement the natural contours of its location. The Carrington Golf Course is suitable for all players of varying skill levels, whilst also presenting a challenge to tournament golfers. 

Useful Facts and Figures

Season
(Months)
Min Temp
(C/F)
Max Temp
(C/F)
Sunrise
Sunset
Spring
(Sept/Oct/Nov)
11/52
18/65
6.37am
7.37pm 
Summer
(Dec/Jan/Feb) 
12/54
24/75
6.17am 
8.43pm 
Autumn
(Mar/Apr/May)
13/55
20/68
6.46am 
5.55pm 
Winter
(Jun/Jul/Aug)
9/48
15/59
7.31am 
5.23pm 

Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Taupo

Wellington is the North Island's capital city and is located in a sheltered harbour where wind is an everpresent feature of playing golf. A number of private golf clubs are close to the city and others located nearby in Lower and Upper Hutt. A one hour drive north of Wellington lies Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, formerly rated in the Top 100 courses in the World and New Zealands best example of a genuine links based course. Its greatest claim to fame in recent times was the hosting of the New Zealand Open where Tiger Woods was a very popular participant.

Approximately 6 hours drive north east of Wellington is Hawke's Bay, located on the Eastern side of the North Island with the twin city of Napier/Hastings being the central city.  A popular golf and wine region Hawke's Bay is also well known for its sunny days, beautiful beaches and award winning wines. Little towns such as Havelock North provide a great getaway from it all atmosphere. Clearly the jewel in the crown of this region is the world rated Cape Kidnappers Golf Course (currently ranked the 41st best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine). Located in and overlooking Hawke's Bay, Cape Kidnappers is a spectacular course perched on the edge of the cliffs.  Designed by World renowned golf course architect Tom Doak, the clever use of the layout is best seen from the air where Doak has used God created "fingers" of land to craft some memorable (and challenging) golf holes. A Par-71, 6510 meter course, Cape Kidnappers enjoys meticulous attention to detail in the golf course conditioning and five star service in the clubhouse thereby ensuring players a golfing experience of a lifetime.

Two hours drive north-west of Hawkes Bay and five hours drive north of Wellington is the busy holiday hub region of Taupo.  Taupo is nestled amongst magnificent mountain ranges and alongside a beautiful clean fresh water lake.  Taupo offers unlimted acitivites to choose from including jet boating, trout fishing or just dining in one of their many relaxing cafes and restaurants.  Taupo is also popular as a golfing destination with a number of private and public golf courses to choose from.

Taupo Golf Club is a private golf club located close to the Taupo township and situated in a mature park setting amongst thermal activity and under the eye of Mt Tauhara.  The club offers golfers a unique golfing experience with two 18 hole golf courses on offer year round.  Wairakei International Golf Course was built by the New Zealand government's Tourist Hotel Corporation and opened in 1970.  Available to green fee players, the 6429 meter course winds its away through the superb setting of the Taupo region and comprises 108 large well placed bunkers which has led to worldwide acclaim. In January 1996 US Golf Digest rated Wairakei 17th best golf course outside of the USA.  World renowned golfer and course designer, Jack Nicklaus designed The Kinloch Club which was officially opened in 2007.  This 18 hole signature course is the only Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in New Zealand.  The designers ensured that the natural beauty of the landscape was maintained and that the course would be both challenging and enjoyable for players of all levels. 

Useful Facts and Figures

Season
(Months)
Min Temp
(C/F)
Max Temp
(C/F)
Sunrise
Sunset
Spring
(Sept/Oct/Nov)
9/48
 15/59
6.33am 
7.42pm 
Summer
(Dec/Jan/Feb) 
13/55
20/68
6.05am 
8.54pm 
Autumn
(Mar/Apr/May)
11/52
17/63
6.51am 
5.50pm 
Winter
(Jun/Jul/Aug)
6/43
12/54
 7.43am
5.11pm 

Christchurch and Queenstown

The South Island of New Zealand combines wondeful golf with a plethora of other activities including skiing, jetboat riding, bungy jumping and more. Five star golf resorts are increasing in number in the South and offer a complete getaway from it all experience.

Christchurch is the capital city of New Zealand's South Island and is also arguably the most attractive city in New Zealand.  Known for its magnificent gardens and historical streets and buildings, Christchurch is the perfect base when exploring the South Island.

Just 15 minutes drive from Christchurch city and 7 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport, Clearwater Golf Club is a new resort style club that is also the home to the Clearwater Classic. The par 72 championship layout offers five tee positions giving players of all levels the opportunity to enjoy the course. Designed in consultation with New Zealand golfing legend, Sir Bob Charles, the course combines elements of links golf, inspired by the great Scottish courses with parkland golf, more reminiscent of Florida. 

Founded in 1873, the Christchurch Golf Club is the second oldest golf club in New Zealand.  The club has hosted numerous New Zealand Open championships over its many years, as well as hosting the 1990 World Amateur Championship for the Eisenhower trophy.  Peter Thomson, legendary Australian golfer and course designer has recently undertaken some course refurbishments ensuring that Christchurch Golf Club continues its fine championship golfing tradtion.

Queenstown is approximately 6 1/2 hours drive south-west of Christchurch.  The gateway to New Zealand's alpine region, surrounded by majestic mountains and adjacent to the shores of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand.  Christchurch ticks every box for sporting and adventure activities, cultural sights, dining - there is something for everyone in this city.

Golf is no exception, and the golf is exceptional!  Queenstown is a central location to a number of fine golf course destinations.  Jack's Point is a 7150 yard (6538 metre) course situated on the elbow of Lake Wakatipu and at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range.  Open to residents of Jack's Point to and to green-fee players, the course traverses through wetland to the lake edge encountering steep bluffs, indigenous vegetation and wildlife.   Millbrook Resort's spectacular par 72 championship golf course, designed by New Zealand's renowned master golfer, Sir Bob Charles, is enjoyed by enthusiasts from around the world. Set amidst a spectacular alpine amphitheatre, strategic use of water sand traps ensure exciting and demanding golf. Measuring 6,412 metres (7,013 yards) from the back tees the design emphasises the natural features of the site, each hole having its own particular identity in terms of both strategy and landscape setting. 

The Hills, opened in 2007, is a private golf course set over 101 hectares (250 acres) of former deer farm on the outskirts of Arrowtown in Central Otago. The Mill race winds its way through the property and feeds the ten lakes and various ponds and waterways on the golf course. Trees, both native and exotic, are a feature of the course.  The Hills is a Par-72, 6610 meter course that has been selected by New Zealand Golf to host the 2010 New Zealand Open in January 2010.   

The Queenstown Golf Club is home to two distinct golf courses - Kelvin Heights and Frankston. Kelvin Heights Golf Course is set on the Peninsula surrounded by Lake Wakatipu. The course is situated in the amphitheatre of the Remarkable Mountains and offers a unique opportunity to play on what is internationally regarded as one of the more picturesque golf courses in the world.  

Useful Facts and Figures

Season
(Months)
Min Temp
(C/F)
Max Temp
(C/F)
Sunrise
Sunset
Spring
(Sept/Oct/Nov)
5/41
16/61 
6.20am 
7.15pm 
Summer
(Dec/Jan/Feb) 
 10/50
22/72 
6.00am 
9.30pm 
Autumn
(Mar/Apr/May)
 6/43
16/61 
7.15am 
6.00pm 
Winter
(Jun/Jul/Aug)
 1/34
10/50 
8.00am 
5.30pm