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 12 61 courses played
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24 February
Once in a life-time
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Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
Hcp 12 85 courses played
Fabulous
16 October
Our favourite course on our tour of the Antipodes without a shadow of doubt. A picture of CK had been on my wall for probably 8 years, as a ‘bucket list’ course to play, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Whilst not being quite as dramatic as the professionally taken photographs we were enthralled by our 3 days & nights there & CK vastly exceeded our expectations. We were however very lucky with the weather because on a very windy day I guess it could be quite unplayable. The spectacular ocean views start on hole number 4 and continue until the 16th, with the exception of 8 & 9 which are excellent inland holes. The views all around the course are just mind blowing. As is well written about, the back nine is played along 5 separate fingers of land jutting out into the ocean. It was just brilliant, such a dramatic, stunning course & a real privilege to get to visit. One day we hope to return, with our fingers firmly crossed that the wind is kind once again.
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