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High expectations after seeing photos and other players comments. This is an amazing golf course! It's location - situated on an old sheep farm high on the cliffs overlooking Hawkes Bay. When you call from the gate to the proshop and the man says "see you in a while" he really means it. The drive beyond the gates windles through pine trees in a canyon and takes about 20 minutes. The service - low key, knowledgeble, helpfulThe clubhouse and surroundings - Petite, but including everything you could wish for. Fantasic view over the course and ocean. Lovely changing rooms. Well equipped shop.The course - Not a course to play defensly on. Often too short approaches dwindles down either side of the green and it will be very dificult to evn reach the green with the following shot. Impossible to seperate the course from the views. At least one interesting shot on every hole. You can walk the course and even with the bridges etc we were very tired after 18.Great day!
November 17, 2010
I had the pleasure of playing Cape Kidnappers in January of this year. It was an excellent experience from start to finish. reception and processing excellent very friendly and professional. My caddy was great he knew the course very well and was extremely good company. I booked this round well in advance by e-mail based on the website slide show. However a word of warning is that you do not get the same vista as those overhead shots provide. Be prepared for windy conditions. But enjoy the golf course. My wife's experience of the spa not so good.
October 06, 2009
Situated on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island, Cape Kidnappers is a remarkable new prestige golf facility designed by American architect Tom Doak. The course occupies part of an isolated 5,000-acre sheep station and after a 8km/5 mile drive from the gates to the clubhouse you are welcomed by stunning sandstone cliff fingers that plummet 500 feet down into the waters of Hawke's Bay. With a number of holes running toward and away from these cliff edges, and even routed along the bluffs, this is one of the most compelling modern layouts in golf with some unforgettable coastal views.The course was in excellent condition, luckily the weather was good too with just a gentle breeze blowing across the course, the greens were smooth and reasonably fast, a couple like 8 and 14 are a touch extreme but the majority are subtly tilted, often elevated and with clever internal contouring that rewards precise approaches kept under the hole. Due to the severity of winds that typically whip across the heads here, the fairways are very generous giving players plenty of width and only using bunkers sparingly.Most interesting of all, however, is the 15th. Named Pirate's Plank, this is a long, wide and flat par five that follows a massive cliff finger as it gently heads down towards the edge of the earth, and there is no denying that his Cape Kidnappers creation is an impressive addition to the world's golfing menu.
April 10, 2008