Golf is the most played sport in New Zealand, with roughly half a million adults regularly partaking in the sport. There are over 365 golf courses situated throughout the country, providing some of the world’s most picturesque golfing locations. There is no better time to venture out on a golfing holiday to New Zealand than during the spring period.
Wairakei often holds the top spot in golfing polls. It’s known for providing an excellent experience regardless of skill level. It’s a major tourist attraction in the region of Lake Taupo and was designed by the legendary John Harris, who was one of England’s most respected gold course architects. When designing the course the primary goal was simple, to design the best golf course in the world.
Cape Kidnappers is another course that always seems to find its way into the top five. Located in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay, this award winning course boasts 6,000 acres of land and has panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Originally designed by Tom Doak, Cape Kidnappers is a par 71 golf course that can accommodate the needs of any skill level.
Kauri Cliffs is very similar to Cape Kidnappers and is certainly built for the more experienced golfer. With a large amount of gorges and situated as close to the waters as is physically possible, it’s easy for balls to go astray. Kauri Cliffs is recommended for seasoned golfers who would like to test their skills on a difficult course.
The Kinloch Club
The Kinloch Club is located in Lake Taupo and is perfect for people who are looking for a more rugged landscape. The raw nature of the course is due to the volcanic terrain on which it is built, which gives it a great deal of individuality.