The Top 5 New Zealand Golf Courses

Imagine, golfing in one of the countries closest to Antarctica, with its own mountain region, the Alps. With the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west, New Zealand offers some of the most picturesque golf courses in the world. Whether golfing through rolling hills or facing the challenging cliff courses, your golf experience is one to be enjoyed.

Our top 5 golf courses in New Zealand.

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Every hole has a view of the Pacific Ocean complementing the most spectacular cliff top scenery. Located in the SE area on the North Island it resides in the Hawke’s Bay Region.

Designer Tom Doak has created a masterpiece measuring over 7,100 yards from the tips playing to a par 71. Constructed in 2004, it is currently ranked 41st best golf course in the world. One of the great modern marvels in golf, it is difficult to focus on your game when the setting provides such breathtaking views…no matter what hole you are on.

Gulf Harbour Country Club

A world acclaimed golf course, Gulf Harbour has hosted the 1998 World Cup of Golf as well as the 2005 and 2006 New Zealand open. Not enough? This is the home course of Michael Campbell, the 2005 US Open champion.

With spectacular ocean views and rolling hills, this course plays to a par 72 and at nearly 6,900 yards makes it a formidable test of golf. Situated on the Whangaparoa Peninsula, it is only minutes from Auckland and the native grasses and vegetation provides a natural feel.

Beginners and professionals will have the luxury of 4 sets of tees to suit their handicaps.

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Millbrook Resort Golf Course

Sir Bob Charles, a native New Zealander and the only left-hander to win The Open Championship in Britain, the oldest major tournament, designed this course of just over 7,000 yards from the back tips.

Set in an Alpine amphitheatre guarded by the ‘Remarkable Mountains’, the course is located near Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island. Shrewdly, Sir Charles designed several holes to allow the player to absorb the awesome mountain vistas and help forget the grueling challenge to meet par.

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

Located at the Bay of Islands in the Northland region, Kauri Cliffs plays to a par 72 from the back tees.

David Harman from Orlando, Florida was the designer and builder of a magnificent course with no less than fifteen holes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Six of these holes are played alongside steep cliffs with intimidating drops to the sea. The inland holes are beautifully designed through farmland, marsh and forest.

Formosa Country Club

The Beachlands district near Auckland is the setting for this PGA standard golf course listed in ‘The Finest Golf Clubs of the World’. Cliff top holes and fairways on the coast offer views of Waiheke Island, Rangitoto and the Coromandel Peninsula.

Modelled after the famous Augusta National, Formosa was the setting for the 1998 New Zealand Open. Another Sir Bob Charles design, the course features the first couch grass fairways in New Zealand, lending to a durable and attractive playing surface.

Enjoy golf in New Zealand for 12 months of the year with these courses and hundreds more to choose from. It is nearly impossible to choose a course that will not provide breathtaking panorama whether seaside or amongst the Mountains. But read the above descriptions closely…..and bring lots of golf balls!

Tell us if you have been playing or plan to play in New Zealand!

Photos by: Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, Gulf Harbour Country Club, Millbrook Resort Golf Course, Kauri Cliffs Golf Course
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