Overview of golf course named Wairakei International Golf Course

Wairakei International Golf Course

Taupo, New Zealand

Details

Holes

18

Par

72

Built

1970

Type

Forest

Architect

Commander John Harris, Peter Thomson

Australians and New Zealanders can rub each other the wrong way, but the management of Wairakei set sibling rivalry aside and enlisted Peter Thomson, victor in five Open Championships, and his colleague Mike Wolveridge to create the course for their club in the Seventies. Many designers try to recreate the feel of English, Irish and Scottish links, and Thomson is probably the best at imbuing courses around the world with that special ambience. A keen student of the early masters of course architecture, Thomson knows a Colt-style pot bunker from one of MacKenzie's bold splashes of sand. He is particularly good in recapturing Colt's mastery of short holes, so the par 3s are the real gems at Wairakei, varying in length where most contemporary designs would push them all over two hundred yards and it would be all woods all the time. The shorter holes also have tighter, more challenging greens.

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Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
Hcp 12 78 courses played
Fabulous
25 October
Wairakei in Taupo rates very highly of our favourite NZ courses, even though we played it the day after 3 games at the astonishing Cape Kidnappers. We absolutely loved the place. It is just beautiful & a very different experience to anywhere else we played in NZ. Wonderfully manicured with attractive streams and ponds, stunning trees & clever bunkering throughout. No weak holes and all in all a terrific golf course.
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Very good
13 September
Stunning and not that known but definitely worth the visit
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