Chris Croker

I was born in Melbourne and I’m a gentleman of leisure these days after spending around 30 years as a police officer in the wilds of the Northern Territory. Golf became a stress relief valve and I knocked it round in the mid 70s to low 80s for 25 odd years. Became significantly involved with the Darwin Golf Club then did a two-year stint as President of the State Golf Association. I then retired, bought a caravan, put a 12-foot boat on the roof of the 4x4 and two sets of golf clubs under the bed in the van and spent 6 ½ years with my wife Mary “fishin & golfin” our way around Australia.

Wrote a yarn for the Australian Golf Digest on our exploits (click here to read it), as a consequence, was offered a spot on their team, rating the Top 100 Aussie courses and I remain involved with the AGD in that role and as a periodic scribe. I’ve currently played 361 courses in Australia, and a bunch more in England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam.


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Carne (Hackett) 05/06/2017

1st Mayo - Best in Area 12th Ireland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I have been most fortunate to have played the Top 100 courses in Australia and numerous others in UK, Europe, S E Asia and throughout Oceania. Possibly the single most fr...


Gulf Harbour 03/12/2015

11th North Island - Best in Area 16th New Zealand Ranking
After a grandiose beginning, Gulf Harbour Country Club went through a period of serious financial difficulties. In 2008 a consortium of members rectified the situation, t...


Hamilton 03/12/2015

20th North Island - Best in Area 32nd New Zealand Ranking
The Hamilton Golf Club, known since 1903 as St Andrews of Hamilton is quite rightly considered locally as the premier golf venue in the Waikato District. Located just a 1...


Waitangi 03/12/2015

37th North Island - Best in Area
Waitangi is the location of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, however, on the hilltop, above this famous site is situated one of NZ’s great northern golfing...


Royal Wellington 30/11/2015

8th North Island - Best in Area 10th New Zealand Ranking
The revamped Royal Wellington Golf Club is located at Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, just to the north of Wellington. Greg Turner – Scott MacPherson Golf Design, were commission...


Kauri Cliffs 30/11/2015

5th North Island - Best in Area 5th New Zealand Ranking 19th Oceania Ranking
A locked gate and relatively unimposing sign, followed by a most pleasant drive of several kilometres through lush undulating cattle country yielded an impressive clubhou...


Titirangi 30/11/2015

6th North Island - Best in Area 8th New Zealand Ranking
Titirangi Golf Club, is yet another grand Kiwi centenarian. Conceived in 1914 and bearing the unmistakable signature of the master craftsman of yesteryear, Alister MacKen...


Kinloch Club 27/11/2015

4th North Island - Best in Area 4th New Zealand Ranking 16th Oceania Ranking
The Kinloch Golf Club is located in almost the geographic centre of NZ’s north island, adjacent to the northern shore of Lake Taupo, this ‘links like’ course could hardly...


Port Fairy 28/01/2015

24th Victoria - Best in Area 54th Australia Ranking
Port Fairy’s holes wend their way through some magnificent, rolling, sand dune country and from several vantage points, a variety of spectacular coastal vistas of the Sou...