adults over 18 years play golf each
year in NZ. Golf is the highest participation
sport in NZ. It is the number one
sport for men and the number two sport
There are 419 golf courses in New
Zealand, which is the second highest
number of courses per capita in the
world. Scotland has 543 courses for
just over 5 million people.
Golf in New Zealand is very affordable.
Green fees at public courses start
at the unbelievably low cost of NZ$10
(less than US$6) and you can also
tee off at some of NZs best courses
for under NZ$100 (less than US$60).
national average for non-affiliated
members is $24, while for affiliated
members it is $18.
are also resort courses that cater
for the top end of the market. So
whatever your budget, NZ has the course
to meet your requirements.
Because NZ is a small country with
a large number of golf courses, you
never have to drive more than 45 minutes
to play a round of golf. In most instances
travel time would be substantially
less than this.
New Zealand offers a range of golfing
experiences which include breath taking
scenery, thermal activity, new resort
style golf and the challenge of championship
the North, Kauri Cliffs combines one
of the toughest tests of golf you
will find anywhere, with spectacular
views of the Bay of Islands. Only
45 minutes away you can play Waitangi,
a short not too demanding challenge,
but views you will never forget.
in Auckland and you have resort style
golf at Formosa and Gulf Harbour,
both venues in recent years hosting
professional events, or the more traditional
New Zealand challenges Titirangi,
Remuera and The Grange.
central part of the North Island offers
many options. Rotorua is one of the
most popular tourist locations with
many attractions which include Rotorua
Golf Club, better known as Arikikapakapa,
which has boiling thermal mud pools
on course, so hitting straight is
important. Within an hours drive from
Rotorua, you can visit Mount Maunganui
Golf Club and see surf and white sand
running for miles. You can go to Taupo
and play the challenging Centennial
course at Taupo Golf club, or Wairakei
International which is one of our
very best. On the East Coast the Hawkes
Bay offers very good courses in Napier
and Hastings, and a new challenge
is now open at Cape Kidnappers which
will be a must for every visitor.
What makes this area more special
is that you can follow a challenging
round of golf with a visit to one
of the many vineyards in the region.
the lower North Island Paraparaumu
Links is a popular golfing experience.
The course has been host to 10 New
Zealand Open Championships, of which
the most recent included Tiger Woods.
Rated for many years as one of the
top 100 courses in the world by Golf
Digest it is definitely worth a visit.
Other golfing opportunities include
Ngamotu Golf Club in New Plymouth,
Belmont in Wanganui and Manawatu Golf
Club in Palmerston North - all three
courses have hosted the New Zealand
South Island features golf courses
in most towns, but if based in either
Christchurch or Queenstown you have
a range of options. All clubs look
forward to visitors and you will receive
a warm welcome at Christchurch and
Russley Golf Clubs where many major
events have been played. You can try
Terrace Downs or the new resort course
of Clearwater which is only minutes
from the airport.
Queenstown you have spectacular views
of the Mountain Range and can play
at Queenstown Golf Club, famous for
its scenery, or sir Bob Charles’
designed resort Millbrook. Not too
far away you can experience Central
Otago at Cromwell, Wanaka or Alexandra.
on your length of stay and the type
of challenge you are looking for,
New Zealand has something to offer
and you will be left with a desire
to return to continue your golfing
trek through one of the world’s
best golfing destinations.
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