Muriwai – the most spectacular setting for golf in Auckland

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.

Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary celebrates 50 years with greens restoration project

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.

Landscapes: Palmerston North Golf Club

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.

Landscapes: Christchurch Golf Club

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.

Landscapes: Maungakiekie Golf Club

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.

New Zealand: Nobody does it better

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.

New Zealand: Deep south

The South Island has the world’s attention thanks to an array of outstanding golf courses working in tandem with extraordinary scenery.

Landscapes: The Hills Golf Club

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.

Landscapes: Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary

Spellbinding scenery melded with shrewd design has long seen Wairakei firmly ensconced in any conversation about the best golf courses in the country.