New Zealand is a nation of abundant natural beauty, with more than a few golf courses set in breathtaking locations. It would be difficult to find a golf course in New Zealand not surrounded by amazing views, although the settings in which certain courses are nestled inevitably rise above others regarding the awe they inspire between swings of the club. Particularly for golfers visiting New Zealand from afar, these scenic New Zealand golf courses are essential destinations.
The Hills Golf Course
The Hills Gold Course, located near the charming and historic mining town of Arrowtown in the Queenstown region of the South Island, spreads over 202 hectares of raw, stunning glacial valley terrain. Formerly a deer ranch, the course offers a marvelously mountainous panorama. Vivid works of sculpture by some of the most prominent artists in New Zealand are scattered throughout the course and compliment the rocky peaks. An aqueduct feeds several ponds and lakes, between which stretch lush expanses of native grass and untamed tussocks.
What the pros say
Sir Robert James Charles, New Zealand's most accomplished international pro golf champion, describes the Hills as "the most dramatic golf course in New Zealand, but also the most challenging". This par-72 course is the home of the New Zealand PGA Championship and features a modern clubhouse designed by award-winning architect Andrew Patterson.
Right up to the edge of the cliffs of Cape Kidnappers on the rugged east coast of the North Island is the 6,510-metre Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, as challenging as it is dramatic in its natural beauty. This decade old course is considered a modern marvel of golf course design, suitable for golfers of all skill levels, including the pros. The course, designed by respected golf architect Tom Doak, offers spectacular views of Hawkes Bay from jagged ridge and valley terrain.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a five-star luxury resort, poised to pamper golfers with exquisite cuisine, a full-service spa, and nature walks. Golf balls, casual golf apparel, and anything else a golfer might need are for sale in the pro shop. The swimming pool and gym tire out anyone not already spent from a day on the course. The wine cellar is stocked with prize-winning local vintages. Horseback riding, kayaking, and farm and wine tours are among the many other activities available to guests.
Sister course to Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Cliffs features a pro-calibre 18-hole course with breathtaking cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean. Six holes run right along the plunging precipice, with Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands visible off the coast. Holes not on the water roam through lovely stretches of farmland, forest, and marsh. The course was originally designed by David Harman of the Florida-based firm Golf Course Consultants and was recently renovated by the world-famous golf course architect Rees Jones.
What the pros say
Michael Campbell, one of New Zealand's top golfers, says the fourth hole at Kauri Cliffs is among the top five par-five holes in the world. The par-72 course has hosted the Kiwi Challenge PGA Golf Event more than once.
Another Queenstown area gem on the North Island is Jack's Point, a gorgeous 18-hole course designed to meld with its natural surroundings. With the aptly named mountain range the Remarkables towering over it, this par-72, 6,538-metre championship course comes right up to the striking Lake Wakatipu and is interspersed with native bush and tussocks, rocky outcroppings, and sudden bluffs. Alpine vistas and lake views abound on this championship course, where weathered stone walls line the fairways as a vestige of the land's former life as a high country farm.
Past meets present
Jack's Point is the youngest golf course in New Zealand, although its rugged appeal draws from the historic nature of the land. The course, constructed in 2008, is already internationally renowned and features a clubhouse influenced by the region's centuries-old farm culture. The structure and architecture of the building incorporates trusses over 100 years old, as rugged as the wilderness that surrounds it.
How to prepare for scenic New Zealand golf on eBay
All manner of golf equipment and apparel, as well as luggage, guidebooks, and more, are available through sellers on eBay. Whether you need golfing shoes, gloves, sunglasses, or clubs, simply enter any concise, relevant terms into the search bar at the top of any eBay page. Read the item descriptions for the features, benefits, and prices of items for sale, and examine photos for a sense of colour and style. Gear up for the back nine, and enjoy your New Zealand golf odyssey.