Founded by American hedge fund billionaire Julian Robertson in 2000, Kauri Cliffs started a golf revolution in New Zealand that has yet to reach its peak. The 18-hole course, designed by David Harman, sits idyllically in the Bay of Islands. This area on the Pacific Coast of the upper North Island is best known for its subtropical climate, beaches, sailing, diving and fishing.
Part of a 2,400-hectare working farm, Kauri Cliffs boasts a world-class luxury lodge, three private beaches and a natural waterfall in addition to its course that Golf Digest currently ranks No.49 in the world.
With 15 holes that offer dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, Kauri Cliffs is not only considered one of the best designed, but also one of the most beautiful courses in the world … by comparison to its sister facility Cape Kidnappers, which is considered one of the most dramatic.
Kauri’s layout is routed through rolling terrain with highlights on the corridors of holes four through seven and again from the 14th to 17th, which play alongside a cliff’s ledge that runs parallel to Matauri Bay and the Pacific. The course is meticulously manicured, with the offshore Cavalli Islands providing a backdrop that makes Kauri Cliffs one of the most spectacular settings in the golf world.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
139 Tepene Tablelands Road, Matauri Bay, Northland, 0245
Green fee ($NZ):
[High] $257 +GST
[Low] $187 +GST (NZ resident); [High] $495 +GST
[Low] $313 +GST (International)
+64 9 407 0060