Our Favourite Courses, Country and Coastal Gems

For a country of such modest size New Zealand boasts an enviable number of golf courses that would hold their own – and more – anywhere on the globe. The country’s much admired landscapes offers a magnificent array of backdrops.
From the coastal splendour ofWaipu In the North, stunning fruit bowl of the Matakana, and sea views ofNorth Harbour.
The volcanic plateau home to Wairakei, to the golden sands of Nelson, andstunning Southern Alps of the Canterbury region. And in between these splendid layouts are any number of golfing venues to challenge, inspire and woo the most discerning of players.



Waipu Golf Club
Set on the water’s edge of Bream Bay with spectacular ocean views, links style Waipu Golf Course is conveniently situated on State Highway 1 half way between the Auckland Airport and Kauri Cliffs making it the perfect stopover for traveller’s heading North or South.
 A New course layout and new hole,  a challenging par 3, 17th hole in the new layout, features a water hazard on the left and a large undulating green surrounded by dune grasses.
The course is naturally sand based hence it is generally unaffected by wet weather but presents the golfer with some great challenges and outstanding panoramas from tees and greens.


Warkworth Golf Club
The Club is within easy reach of Auckland on thenorthern motorway.
The 5578m course is laid out on a gently rolling landscape with superb fairways and ample tree cover.
Water features add to the natural beauty – so come play the grand old game and enjoy your day at Warkworth.
Established in 1908 the Warkworth Golf Club is one of the oldest Golf Clubs in the country.
The new course opened in 1935 with nine holes and a bach as a club house.
Nine holes quickly developed to twelve with the last six holes slowed by the advent of World War Two.
The course was designed and crafted by members and volunteers, a testament to the ‘Kiwi No.8 Wire’ culture and attitude.
Only 40 Minutes North of the Harbour Bridge”

Set in picturesque surroundings with parkland and ocean views, this 18 hole course is enjoyed by members and guests all year round.
With testing fairways and challenging greens, Whangaparaoa Golf Club is ideal for both experienced golfers and casual social golfers.
Enjoy playing at one of Auckland’s top golf courses with our affordable and competitive membership prices.

The 18-hole championship course is set in an iconic New Zealand rural back drop.
The course is cut through rolling hills, natural water ways and is framed by 80-year-old statement pines and precise bunkering.
This Puddicombe designed course offers golfers of all levels pristine golf surfaces, five tee deck options, varied shot options from the tee with multiple layup areas all on sand capped fairways.
Wainui is a world class facility a world away and only 20 minutes from downtown Auckland. Phone 09 444 3437 to arrange a tee time.


Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Club – Grange Course

Founded on the current site in 1924, The Grange Golf Club remains one of New Zealand’s premier parkland golf courses. The testing Par 70 layout has seen 8 New Zealand Opens held at the Club, and a variety of other top National events. A combination of tight dogleg fairways, fairway and greenside bunkering, lateral and water hazards and perimeter out of bounds creates a a tight layout where careful placement of drives is critical. The greens are large and well contoured, again requiring well thought out approaches to leave the ball under the hole. Come visit The Grange..it’s only 25 minutes from downtown Auckland and 15 minutes from Auckland Airport. Better still, come and talk to us about joining this great golf club phone the office on 09 2789777, or email Grangeproshop@royalaucklandgolfclub.co.nz

Akarana has two distinct nines. The shorter inner loop with a par of 34 has one of the great holes in Auckland golf, the par three 8th which measures 176 metres from the blue tee to a narrow green with bunkers on the left and water on the right.
The longer outer nine, which has out of bounds on the left of six holes, has the two longer par fives, two demanding par fours in the 13th and 15th, the testing par three 16th and an exciting short par 4 to finish which produces many birdies.
The full layout measures around 5800 metres from the back tees but the course rating is over par at 70.6 and the slope is 124. Golf Bookings golf@akaranagolf.co.nz

Pukekohe Golf Club
The course is a championship quality 18 hole parklands style golf course with tree lined fairways, lakes and a river as part of the challenges you face when you take part in the Pukekohe golf experience.
There is on-line tee booking from the website www.pukekohegolf.co.nz and follow the instructions or phone. The course is easy to find being only 5 minutes from the southern motorway exit 461 and follow the signs towards Pukekohe or place the address in your GPS location finder and it will lead you straight here.
Once here, the PGA qualified professional will assist you with all of your needs including clubs and other playing gear.
A cold drink and food available on most days from the cafe awaits you when you have finished your round.

Ohope International Golf Club
Greg Turner in 2012 commented on Ohope International Golf Club
“The seaside terrain is as dramatic as anything in the British Isles and the views are exceptional.  This is links golf to match the very best anywhere!”
Play links golf at the best Links course in the Bay of PlentyFrom the clubhouse and on the course, the superb views of both the Harbour and the Pacific ocean, and seeing New Zealand’s active volcanic Island White Island smoking away all day, this club is amust to play whilst on holidays or travelling by. Ohope International Golf Club caters for individual, groups and charity golfing as well as weddings and formal functions. Ohope voted best Beach in New Zealand 2013, together with the most sunniest days in New Zealand in 2013 only adds to the delights of playing golf at Ohope International Golf Course.

Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary
Long regarded as one of our premier venues, Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary near Taupo is everything it is built up to be.
Established in 1970 as a green fee facility rather than a club facility, the course is open to all who are passing through.
Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary is firmly established on both the domestic and international golf radar, having been rated by the prestigious US Golf Digest magazine to be in the top 100 courses in the world outside of the United States.
A par-72 it plays to 6444m off the blues tees in an amphitheatre setting surrounded by thick forest. A magnificently memorable layout with numerous dog legs, elevation changes and scenery to die for. It is part of a 180ha wildlife sanctuary, native birds abound while 200 mixed colour pheasant and a small herd of fallow deer are being reared on site, within a deer-fenced area.

Hawkes Bay

Maraenui Golf Club
One of Hawke’s Bay’s finest Golf Courses set in lovely tree lined surrounds just off Marine Parade in Napier. With the gentle sea breeze slipping through the summer sun, you will enjoy your round on this 6,125 metre 18 hole picturesque golf course. Although flat and easy to walk, the course offers tightly sculptured tree lined fairways with creative greens complexes and bunkering for all levels to enjoy.



Nelson Golf Club
Situated on the beautiful shores of Tasman Bay and only minutes from the town centre, Nelson Golf Club has recently realised an ambitious five year plan to recreate a true links experience.
Hundreds of trees have been removed, exposing the undulating terrain and sweeping views.  
The natural humps and hollows of the fairways and riveted bunkers create a seaside links that draws on the origins of the game. The greens on this championship course are arguably the finest in the country.
Nelson enjoys one of the most favourable climates in New Zealand, making it a desirable golfing and holiday destination.
The course offers excellent value and provides a fine challenge to anyone looking to play traditional seaside golf in stunning surroundings.


Pegasus Golf & Sports Club
Renowned for one of the best courses in New Zealand, the Pegasus Golf & Sports Club is set within a diverse yet tranquil landscape of water features and natural wetlands, framed by the majestic mountains at the foot of the Southern Alps and only 25km north of Christchurch.
The club has been designed to create a fantastic experience for every level of golfer, and for non-golfers too.
As well as a magnificent 18 hole championship course it features a range of excellent facilities including a driving range, practice greens, pro shop, tennis courts, and a well-equipped gymnasium.
You’ll also find good food and a warm welcome at The Bunker Café & Bar.

Terrace Downs
Very handy to Christchurch, arguably this country’s capital when it comes to the number and variety of quality golf courses of offer, Terrace Downs won the 2010 World Travel Awards as New Zealand’s leading golf resort. Perched on the edge of the spectacular Rakaia River, the resort boasts stunning high country views up to Mt Hutt and is within close proximity to various ski fields.
The par-72 6440m championship course includes 11 lakes and 70 bunkers with something to test even the most experienced golfer. Players will remember every hole, use every club in their bag and eagerly anticipate the next day’s play. Possibly the most exhilarating hole is the diminutive par-three 16th which plays to just 130m from the back tees. It’s not the length of this hole that stops you in your tracks, it’s the scenery. The tee box hangs on the edge of the gorge and towers about 200m above the Rakaia River that tumbles along below.

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