This is a bloody good spot, in nice condition every time I've played there. You know that real nice condition without being perfect? Yep that sort. Often quiet given the isolated location, except for peak summertime and long weekends when the Aucklanders come streaming in. Good thing too, or the place would probably go under.
There's a lot of water. Perhaps a bit gimmicky, but if you're just playing there every now and again its fun and adds to the resort feel of the course. The par 3 10th, played entirely over water, has what looks a bit like an island green when you're teeing off (it's really not) and conjures romantic notions of what it must be like to play TPC Sawgrass (this is a massive stretch). The back 9 can be pretty tough for higher handicappers as most holes punish wayward drives with either water or heavy scrub. It's a hard life.
I actually hope it does get busier because a course of this standard deserves to thrive. Until then, people should take advantage of quiet golf at a reasonably high-end course. Plus Pauanui has a great beach and a couple cheap little 9 hole courses to slap a few balls around on also.
All the best lads
Date: September 21, 2017