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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 384 golf courses in NZ and according to Golf New Zealand, the country’s governing body, almost 250,000 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, but we went half way towards such a national listing by creating a Top 50 in 2015.

In the Golf New Zealand Annual Report for the year ending 31st December 2020, the Chairman and Chief Executive of the ruling body were able to notify members of a quite remarkable twelve months of golfing activity, despite all the problems encountered with the global pandemic – of course, it helped matters no end to have a strong government that decided very early on to close the country off to the outside world and prevent the possible importation of the deadly virus.

The figures quoted were rather impressive: club membership up from 105,976 in 2019 to 115,835 (+9.3%), with identified casual golfer numbers also rising from 117,510 to 135,609 (+15.5%). Not only that, the number of rounds of golf played in the second half of the year grew by 26% when compared to the corresponding period a year earlier.

And with a wide range of participation programmes in place – such as Flexiclub, She Loves Golf and Casual Golf – the immediate future looks bright for Kiwi golf.

Our New Zealand golf course rankings were last updated in May 2021, 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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Cape Kidnappers

2nd New Zealand Ranking

The longest drive at Cape Kidnappers is between the public road and the clubhouse. But once on the course, if you can keep your eyes off the cliff top views, the main golfing points are the bunkers and the greens.

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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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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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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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Arrowtown

7th New Zealand Ranking

The course at Arrowtown Golf Club is a little masterpiece with fairways threaded through tiny valleys, between boulders, or over gorges with greens nestling snugly into hillsides.

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Titirangi

8th New Zealand Ranking

Formed in 1909 as Maungakiekie Golf Club, Titirangi Golf Club, as it is now known, is the only course in New Zealand that can say it has Alister MacKenzie as its golf course architect.

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The Hills

9th 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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Royal Auckland and Grange (Grange & Tamaki)

10th New Zealand Ranking

Designed by Chris Cochran of Nicklaus Design and built by contractor Puddicombe Golf, the new 27-hole facility at the Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Club features three 9-hole circuits, named Grange, Tamaki and Middlemore, and all of the greens incorporate state-of-the-art SubAir systems.

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New Zealand Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Shane Mitchell Courses Played 42
2 Patrick Kennelly Courses Played 41
3 Matt Richardson Courses Played 36
4 Richard Souter Courses Played 29
5 Steve Starika Courses Played 27
= Brian Wood Courses Played 27
7 Alistair Ray Courses Played 26
= Peter G Courses Played 26
9 Neil McGregor Courses Played 25
= Jared Fenwick Courses Played 25