Perched on sand dunes overlooking the famous black-sand Muriwai Beach, the course features crumpled fairways built on an impeccable sand-base, tricky bunkers and demanding greens. It’s a fierce test of skill but equally a great fun course to play for all handicappers.
Many find sanctuary on a golf course, but it is rare to find a golf course that is a sanctuary and Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary is thought to have scored a world first. The course is skillfully designed to blend with the natural rolling countryside and developed to meet the rigorous design standards for world class championship competition.
Few golf clubs have experienced a rockier climb to the top than Palmerston North. The club has changed the location of its course on four separate occasions, each time having to start development from scratch. Four times it has created a new establishment and twice it has had to re-establish itself from wreckage – in 1947 after World War II and in 1965 after a disastrous flood.
Christchurch Golf Club has the distinction of being the second oldest course in New Zealand (behind Otago Golf Club), and the sixth oldest outside the United Kingdom. It also came in as the 15th best layout in New Zealand Golf Digest’s inaugural ranking of our Top 50 Courses earlier this year.
Winter doesn’t have to mean total hibernation for Kiwi golfers. However, Auckland and the north of the country can be counted on to offer friendlier conditions than the lower reaches of the South Island might present. And Maungakiekie Golf Club in the city’s south is one place you can capture a little mid-year sunshine.
When it opened in 1993, Millbrook Resort was a bit of a novelty. A deer farm had been transformed into a thoroughly modern golf course. The farm’s homestead was converted into a restaurant complemented by luxurious lodgings, all in a spectacular alpine location just outside Queenstown. The resort golf phenomenon had finally come to New Zealand.
The Hills, Sir Michael Hill’s exclusive creation outside Queenstown, is well known to New Zealanders and golfers from around the world thanks to its role as a frequent tournament venue in recent years. The John Darby design highlights the area’s magnificent surroundings while traversing the varied terrain of the Arrowtown site.