The Red course at North Shore hasn’t been ranked in the Top 50 courses in New Zealand so far, even though it’s been there all along, and not exactly hidden in the “wop wops” (Kiwi slang for “middle of nowhere"). And whilst I don’t think it’s good enough to proclaim it Auckland’s best kept secret or anything like that, it is a really dependable parkland course, very much in the same ballpark quality wise as other Kiwi parkland courses in the lower reaches of the Top 50, such as Hastings and Queenstown. Like these two, North Shore has not made the mistake made by so many New Zealand club courses of having lines of mature trees hard up against the fairway, dictating playing lines, removing all strategy and opportunities for heroic recovery shots.
I could talk about standout holes, but there aren’t any really, in a good or a bad way. It’s gently rolling parkland, reasonably formulaic but with a little bit of individuality from the holes down by the river. A fair test of golf, but not too brutal. I’m sure it does a good job of catering to a wide range of abilities. I’m trying to think of adjectives for it, but “solid” just about sums it up. Hard to fault.
Date: May 19, 2021