Kauri Cliffs in Northland New Zealand is an astonishing place to visit & the golf course has the most spectacular views over the islands and bays, pretty much on every hole. It truly is one of the most picturesque places imaginable to swing golf sticks, but this beauty makes it somewhat difficult to give an objective view on the quality of the golfing test, because all the way round each day I was just mesmerised by the views!
On the days we were there the fairways had been cut quite generously which made tee shots quite straight forward (normally my achilles heel). We were also lucky with the weather, as the wind was never too strong.
We absolutely loved our 3 games, including one round with Julian Robertson, the owner, who was such an fun & interesting person to play with.
I had one astonishing round, scoring 45 stableford points, so it should be my ‘best /favourite’ course ever played, and I can only say that this must show how good Kidnappers & the Barnbougle courses are to rank above it in our ‘most fun’ Antipodean course rankings. It is difficult to rank Kauri Cliffs against the older, more traditional and far tougher courses we played on our trip but it is such a fabulous experience it has to be a 5star rating.
A real extravagance & it blew our budget to stay there but delighted we did, just the once!
Golfing in NZ... What a treat! Kicking off my NZ tour with Kauri Cliffs was definitely a treat! The course is absolutely stunning (some fairways were a bit sick, yet it did not change the overall feeling). The views from several holes (including 12 to 16 on the back 9) is absolutely spectacular and the layout is fantastic! The par 3 7th is one of the best yet most challenging holes one can ever play but if you were to lose one or a few balls here, just look at the ocean and all will be forgotten in a heartbeat. The clubhouse and facilities are truly spectacular too! Overall, a challenging and expensive course but it is worth every penny!
Kauri Cliffs is a magical place. The course is good and made very good by its stunning location, particularly from 14th onwards where there are fantastic views of the Cavalli Islands.
Picking the correct line off the tee is essential, as there are many dogleg holes with severe rough and bushes to swallow up errant drives.
The course was in great shape bearing in mind our round had been cancelled from the previous day due to a torrential rain storm. There was considerable damage to the bunkers because of the volume of rain running through but the rest of the course held up remarkably well.
The accommodation on site is truly world-class. Large peaceful and comfortable rooms, beautifully furnished with views overlooking the course and ocean. Dining there is also an unforgettable experience, with superb food and wine and fantastic staff.