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 February 2015, click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers

1st 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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Kauri Cliffs

2nd 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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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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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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Jack's Point

5th New Zealand Ranking

The new (2008) golf course at Jack’s Point is spectacularly located on the edge of Lake Wakatipu with the razorback Remakables Mountains providing a dramatic backcloth. It's set to be a high-flyer in the rankings.

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The Hills

6th 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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Titirangi

7th 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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Wairakei

8th New Zealand Ranking

Avoid the creeks, gullies and the odd rogue borehole and you may card a decent score at Wairakei, which is an unforgettable and exciting golf course among the geysers.

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Royal Wellington

9th 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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Millbrook Resort

10th New Zealand Ranking

Created by John Darby and Bob Charles, the Millbrook Resort opened in 1992 – seven years before its co-designer, the 1963 Open Champion, Bob Charles was knighted.

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