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Golf Courses in New Zealand

392 golf courses

New Zealand Golf, the national golf association, reports that as many as 480,000 New Zealanders play yearly. And with some 400 courses available, the game is the country's number one sporting activity for men and number two for women. There are certainly plenty of opportunities to create exciting courses here, since New Zealand is a land of incredibly varied and spectacular landscapes. Because it is in the southern hemisphere, the country's warmer climes are to the north (rather than to the south, as is true for European, Asian and North American countries), but it was nevertheless in southerly Dunedin that the game was first played here. That was in 1869, and an attempt was then made to create a course in Otago; soon, however, the North Island took the lead, in particular with the establishment of Royal Wellington.

Little of the great boom in course construction that Australia experienced in the Twenties carried over to New Zealand. Alister Mackenzie did take a side trip here in 1926 to work on the course for Titirangi Golf Club in Auckland, and while the club is rightly proud of this heritage, it has not been entirely vigilant when it comes to preserving the great man's bunkers. Of late a couple of newer layouts, Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers, have earned deserved recognition. Mention should also be made of Paraparaumu Beach's oceanside layout, where the New Zealand Open has been played twelve times, most memorably when Tiger Woods took part in the tournament as homage to his native Kiwi caddy, Steve Williams, in 2002.

Despite its small size and remoteness, New Zealand has produced a number of top players. Bob Charles was victorious in the Open Championship in 1963, and maintained a reputation for being the finest putter on the planet from mid-Sixties to the mid-Seventies. Since then Michael Campbell beat out Tiger Woods to capture the US Open in 2005, and a number of other Kiwi players are currently competitive at international events, with eight new being ranked among the leading 200 players worldwide.

Top 50 golf courses in New Zealand

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#1
Overview of golf course named Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Clifton, New Zealand
5.0
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#2
Overview of golf course named Kauri Cliffs

Kauri Cliffs

Matauri Bay, New Zealand
4.9
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#3
Overview of golf course named Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Paraparaumu, New Zealand
5.0
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#4
Overview of golf course named Jack's Point Golf Course

Jack's Point Golf Course

Queenstown, New Zealand
5.0
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#5
Overview of golf course named The Kinloch Club

The Kinloch Club

Taupo, New Zealand
5.0
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#6
Overview of golf course named Wairakei International Golf Course

Wairakei International Golf Course

Taupo, New Zealand
4.8
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#7
Overview of golf course named Titirangi Golf Club Incorporated

Titirangi Golf Club Incorporated

Auckland, New Zealand
4.0
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#8
Overview of golf course named The Hills Golf Club

The Hills Golf Club

Arrowtown, New Zealand
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Overview of golf course named Jack's Point Golf Course

Jack's Point Golf Course

Queenstown, New Zealand
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Kauri Cliffs

Kauri Cliffs

Matauri Bay, New Zealand
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Clifton, New Zealand
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Wairakei International Golf Course

Wairakei International Golf Course

Taupo, New Zealand
4.8
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Overview of golf course named The Kinloch Club

The Kinloch Club

Taupo, New Zealand
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Paraparaumu, New Zealand
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Millbrook Resort and Country Club

Millbrook Resort and Country Club

Queenstown, New Zealand
4.5
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Overview of golf course named Tara Iti Golf Club

Tara Iti Golf Club

Mangawhai , New Zealand
5.0
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