Overview of golf course named Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Clifton, New Zealand

Details

Holes

18

Par

71

Built

2004

Type

Seaside

Architect

Tom Doak

Access

Visitors welcomed

American architect Tom Doak is known as a student of classic layouts and those to be found around the world, and as a critic of the kind of work that was done in the past half century, so he was the perfect choice to lay out the course for Cape Kidnappers. Speaking of the site he was given to work with, Doak observed that "the flattish fingers along part of the cliff-tops were ready-made fairways grazed by sheep. I played 15 of the 18 holes with my crew one day before we ever started to build anything." Like the great designers of the past, Doak was ready to let an excellent site speak for itself before working his will on it. In order to compensate for the breezes off the shore, fairways are broad and not heavily bunkered. The setting recalls that of California's Torrey Pines, in that it looks out over water far below.

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Hcp 9 Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
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14 July
As you enter Cape Kidnappers Golf Course on its 6000-acre site, you drive through a modest entrance gate for 7km through hills, valleys, naturally landscaped farmlands, and pine forests. During this 15-minute drive, I passed through the automatic gate of a 7-foot-high excluder fence designed to keep out predators such as possums, stoats, weasels, etc. in order to protect native NZ wildlife like the endangered kiwi bird. The golf pro shop is located high atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the South Pacific Ocean. This magical place with its five-star plus lodge was developed by American multibillionaire Julian Robertson. Well-known golf architect Tom Doak designed the 7,119-yard challenging Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course with its eye-catching views of the sea from every hole. Tom said, “Our goal in designing golf courses is to create interesting holes you wouldn't find anywhere else and 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.” As we approached the 6th tee, we passed 10 cows peacefully grazing in the paddock just off the cart path. Standing on the elevated 190-yard par 3 sixth tee we studied the cavernous deep ravine separating us from the green and the expansive view of the sea. We noticed the surrounding terrain and the fact that the green slopes to the left which could perhaps funnel balls off the cliff. If you miss the green entirely to the left, the ball would travel downward 500 feet leaving plenty of time to say goodbye to the ball and pull out another one. We hit short of the green on the signature hole, the 15th, a 650-yard par 5 called “Pirates Plank” named appropriately since if you hit over the green you must walk over a narrow grass path to incredibly deep bunkers surrounding the left side at the back of the green. A part of the plank you must walk can be seen on the far left side in the picture above. We kept out of these bunkers, but after we finished putting, we had to throw a ball in a back bunker to experience this dangerously exciting bunker shot - and live to tell about it! After finishing at the 15th we climbed up to the breath-taking 500-yard par 5 16th tee and found ourselves standing on the cliff's edge teeing off to a wide fairway far below. Cape Kidnappers is one of a kind. We haven’t played golf anywhere like it. We, fortunately, happen to live near this magnificent golf course and I help at the golf course maintenance department 1 or 2 days each week. The entire maintenance staff is friendly, hardworking and committed to the highest standards.
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