Golf vacations — New Zealand golf

 
 

Over the past few years, New Zealand has become a darling of the golf vacation world, with daring and fantastic golf courses hugging cliffs and bursting with imagination - not unlike those movies that put New Zealand on people's minds a few years ago - the Lord of the Rings.

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New Zealand golf courses and resorts

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Jack's Point;  incredible design beneath the Remarkables mountains (Lord of the Rings) on the cliffs of Lake Wakatipu

Cape Kidnapper's Golf Club;  Napier, 180 miles south of Auckland - stunning Tom Doak design on 500-foot-high cliffs jutting into Hawke's Bay; one of the most spectacular-looking courses in recent memory, if not in history

Kauri Cliffs;  120 miles north of Auckland - owned by the same folks that built Cape Kidnapper's

Titirangi Golf Club;  Auckland - designed by Alister Mackenzie in 1926, rated Top 5 in New Zealand

Terrace Downs High Country Resort;  remote, but spectular setting on Rakaia Gorge below Mt. Hutt

Kinloch;  Lake Taupo - Top 10 New Courses in the world in 2007 by T&L Golf; a Jack Nicklaus gem in a links style

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club;  45 minutes from Wellington

Wairakei Golf Course; Lake Taupo

Kaitaia Golf Club; Ahipara - on 90-Mile Beach

Arrowtown Golf Club;  Central Otago - spectacular location; host of New Zealand Open March 12-15

 

 

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Cape Kidnappers ranked #1

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, the Tom Doak creation that has wowed golf travelers since its 2004 debut, even if they haven't seen it personally yet, won the world's No. 1 course by the Daily Telegraph for 2008.

We like that the Telegraph’s list circled the globe and broke some "tradition" more than we've seen other magazines', including Ireland (No. 2 Royal County Down and No. 9 Doonbeg), South Africa (No. 4 Leopard Creek), Barbados (No. 5 Green Monkey), Scotland (No. 6 Turnberry), The Grenadines (No. 8 Canouan) and Australia (No. 10 Royal Melbourne).

 
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