New Zealand Golf
Eketahuna Golf Course © Tony
The scenery alone is worth walking 18 holes for, but New Zealand
also has great golf along the way. The country is only now becoming
a popular golf holiday destination, and its anonymity is to the
great advantage of those who visit. Many of the country's courses
don't require an advanced booking, and despite cheap greens fees,
visitors strike golf gold at the top courses. In the north, Kauri
Cliffs Golf Club fringes the picturesque New Zealand coastline. Its
fairways stretch along the seashore and striking cliffs. Inland,
Wairakey International Golf Course is a richly forested and
difficult course. The density is contrasted to Cape Kidnappers.
Here expansive views follow fairways created atop ridge lines with
holes that start and finish at the water's edge.
While the North Island's courses are made picturesque by
coastline, the South's are made equally impressive along the base
of snow-crowned mountains. Top courses such as Terrace Downs,
Clearwater, and Millbrook have views of the Southern Alps. While
many quality municipal courses dot any area around cityscape the
best courses are often quite removed. Staying in their resorts is
worth it for the scenery alone and custom tours can link golfers to
resorts all around the country. For shorter stays it is a good idea
to tour only one island at a time.