New Zealand

New Zealand is a country of awe inspiring landscapes, lush forests, glacial mountains, amazing wildlife and a rather pleasant climate, which makes NZ a haven for vigorous outdoor activities… and also a great place to chill out. Kiwis are frank and honest folk and that’s one of the great delights and strengths of this stunning country. The other great delight is that the Kiwis have utilised this awesome land to the full and built some world-class golf courses.

There are currently 397 golf courses in NZ and according to New Zealand Golf, the country’s governing body, almost 500,000 adults play golf each year in NZ, making golf the highest participation sport in the country. It’s the No.1 one sport for men and the No.2 sport for women just behind netball. We are surprised, given the popularity of golf in New Zealand, that nobody has yet produced a New Zealand Top 100. We’d love to achieve that feat and with help it’s possible.

Our New Zealand golf course rankings were last updated in March 2017, click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - New Zealand

Tara Iti

1st New Zealand Ranking

Exclusivity has finally arrived on New Zealand’s formerly inclusive golfing shores in the shape of Tom Doak’s Tara Iti Golf Club which is routed in a wide and grand scale along the east coast of the North Island.

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Description: Exclusivity has finally arrived on New Zealand’s formerly inclusive golfing shores in the shape of Tom Doak’s Tara Iti Golf Club which is routed in a wide and grand scale along the east coast of the North Island. Rating: 6 out of 6

Cape Kidnappers

2nd New Zealand Ranking

If you can keep your eyes off the cliff top views, the main golfing points of the golf course at Cape Kidnappers are the bunkers and the greens.

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Description: If you can keep your eyes off the cliff top views, the main golfing points of the golf course at Cape Kidnappers are the bunkers and the greens. Rating: 5.4666666666667 out of 6

Paraparaumu Beach

3rd New Zealand Ranking

Host to twelve New Zealand Opens, the first in 1959, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a New Zealand household name.

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Description: Host to twelve New Zealand Opens, the first in 1959, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a New Zealand household name. Rating: 5.1666666666667 out of 6

Kinloch Club

4th New Zealand Ranking

The Kinloch Club pays homage to the great British and Irish links courses, although it is about as far from the ocean as you can get in New Zealand.

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Description: The Kinloch Club pays homage to the great British and Irish links courses, although it is about as far from the ocean as you can get in New Zealand. Rating: 4.7 out of 6

Kauri Cliffs

5th New Zealand Ranking

Playing Kauri Cliffs golf course is quite a formidable test and I’m sure I’m not alone in fearing that a mounting tally of lost balls was beginning to detract from the views.

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Description: Playing Kauri Cliffs golf course is quite a formidable test and I’m sure I’m not alone in fearing that a mounting tally of lost balls was beginning to detract from the views. Rating: 4.8888888888889 out of 6

Jack's Point

6th New Zealand Ranking

The golf course at Jack’s Point is nestled between 2,300 vertical metres of the saw-toothed, razorback Remarkables mountain range and the majestic Lake Wakatipu to the east...

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Description: The golf course at Jack’s Point is nestled between 2,300 vertical metres of the saw-toothed, razorback Remarkables mountain range and the majestic Lake Wakatipu to the east... Rating: 5.5333333333333 out of 6

The Hills

7th New Zealand Ranking

The Hills is billed as New Zealand’s most exclusive golf club and it’s located in the former gold mining town of Arrowtown. It therefore seems appropriate that the course is owned and operated by a jeweller.

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Description: The Hills is billed as New Zealand’s most exclusive golf club and it’s located in the former gold mining town of Arrowtown. It therefore seems appropriate that the course is owned and operated by a jeweller. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6

Titirangi

8th New Zealand Ranking

Formed in 1909, Titirangi Golf Club is one of the fortunate few that can say it has Alister MacKenzie, the eminent designer, as its golf course architect.

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Description: Formed in 1909, Titirangi Golf Club is one of the fortunate few that can say it has Alister MacKenzie, the eminent designer, as its golf course architect. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Wainui

9th New Zealand Ranking

Wainui Golf Club is the phoenix that rose out of the ashes of the Peninsula Golf Club. Grant Puddicombe and his team at Puddicombe Golf were brought in to design the new course and it opened in 2016.

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Description: Wainui Golf Club is the phoenix that rose out of the ashes of the Peninsula Golf Club. Grant Puddicombe and his team at Puddicombe Golf were brought in to design the new course and it opened in 2016. Rating: 5 out of 6

Royal Wellington

10th New Zealand Ranking

Wellington Golf Club – as it was known until it gained “Royal” status in 2004 – dates back to 1895, when a group of like-minded golfers established a golfing society.

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Description: Wellington Golf Club – as it was known until it gained “Royal” status in 2004 – dates back to 1895, when a group of like-minded golfers established a golfing society. Rating: 5 out of 6