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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).

“Cape Kidnappers has none of the sandy dunes that characterize true links courses – but the harsh landscape is in keeping with the game,” stated Charles Starmer-Smith.  “Players must contend with fearsome ravines, contoured fairways and fast, tilted greens…. Arrowing inexorably down one of the narrow promontories, the final shot to the green feels as if it is bound for the end of the earth.”

“We are terribly honored by this ranking,” said Julian Robertson, the owner of Cape Kidnappers. “This is a real tribute to New Zealand and Tom Doak."

"Our goal in designing golf courses is to create interesting holes you wouldn't find anywhere else,” Doak said. “That wasn't hard to do at Cape Kidnappers, because the site is not like anywhere else in golf. If it were any bigger or any more dramatic, it would probably be cordoned off as a national park.”



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