Overview of golf course named Kauri Cliffs

Kauri Cliffs

Matauri Bay, New Zealand

Details

Holes

18

Par

72

Built

2004

Type

Seaside

Architect

David Harman

Access

Yes, on Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays.

The course at Kauri Cliffs Maturi Bay combines great New Zealand scenery with great golf in a way matched only by Cape Kidnappers. Situated on a ridgeline with views of the stunning Bay of Islands, so one of the course's major challenges is the distraction caused by the scenery (not to mention the vertigo brought on by the dramatic shifts in elevation). The layout makes the most of the gorges and cliff faces, and offers clear penalties for errant shots as well as new opportunities for the bold and the creative. Ample fairways help to compensate for the breezes off the bay, and the design nicely tends to pair more narrow drives with more straightforward approaches to the green. The front nine makes its way down in the direction of the shore through thick fescue, while the back starts at sea level and ascends to the clubhouse.

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Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Hcp 9 7 courses played
Fabulous
14 July
Kauri Cliffs GC is a par 72 golf course measuring 7,119 yards offering magnificent views of the virgin New Zealand Pacific Coast. The golf course and five-star plus lodge were developed by American multibillionaire Julian Robertson on a seaside 4000-acre site. Robertson also developed the world-renowned cliffside golf course, Cape Kidnappers located several hundred miles south in Hawkes Bay, NZ. Designed by David Harman, who said, “Our goal was to create a very special golf course that people from all over the world will commend and enjoy.” As we traveled to Auckland the flight attendant asked us where we were headed in NZ and we told her Kauri Cliffs and her eyes lit up telling us she had been all over the world but the views at Kauri Cliffs and nearby Bay of Islands were the most special she has ever seen in all her travels. Kauri Cliff tee times are purposely set about 15 - 20 minutes apart to enhance the exclusivity of the golf experience. It also gave us the opportunity to experience the distinctive singing whistling sound of the Tui bird and other wondrous bird melodies in this serene location. The first six holes were slightly downhill as we approached the dramatic seaside holes which begin at the 7th hole. As I teed up on the seventh tee, a 217th yard par 3, I noticed the island-dotted expanse (known as the Cavalli Islands) out in the blue waters of the Pacific and Bobby Jones oft-quoted remark came to mind, "Many good shots are spoiled at the last instant by efforts to add a few more yards." How true those words were. The 14th through 17th holes offer a spectacular view and I thought the flight attendant was underestimating the beauty of this magical place. PGA Tour player Brandt Snedeker called Kauri Cliffs "Pebble Beach on steroids" which I thought was more accurate. The ever-increasing population this world made this a special, surreal and enjoyable experience leaving us with a feeling of extreme enjoyment. This course offers spectacular sights and the euphony of the natural wildlife sounds and views of the unique natural beauty of the Northern part of New Zealand.
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Golf Club Rheinfelden
Hcp 3 256 courses played
Fabulous
9 February
Very good golf course. Breathtaking Views....
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