Matt Richardson

Matt is our New Zealand Correspondent who grew up playing the Surrey heathland courses before moving to study at St Andrews University.

He immigrated to New Zealand in 2008 and currently plays off 10 at Chisholm Links. He is also a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and has published articles in The Cut (NZ’s leading golf magazine) on both golf psychology and NZ’s golf courses.

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Brookwater 17/12/2018

2nd Queensland - Best in Area 28th Australia Ranking
I first came to Brookwater in 2010, and loved it, despite the fact that it regularly dug me a hole in the ground every time I strayed off line. So on hearing that there...

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Waipu 18/09/2017

22nd North Island - Best in Area 35th New Zealand Ranking
Sometimes, without any real clear objective reasons for it, a golf course can just give you a good feeling. You just like it. And if you’re asked to name the great hole...

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Mangawhai 18/09/2017

25th North Island - Best in Area 39th New Zealand Ranking
Mangawhai separates itself from the majority of well-conditioned, tree-lined parkland courses in New Zealand by virtue of its changing character. Whilst there may be sev...

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Formosa 18/09/2017

27th North Island - Best in Area 43rd New Zealand Ranking
When I moved to New Zealand nine years ago, I remember seeing this clifftop course bordering Auckland Harbour from the plane – it was the first glimpse of New Zealand gol...

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Chisholm Links 18/09/2017

12th South Island - Best in Area 30th New Zealand Ranking
I’m not one of those people that believes there are any objective truths when it comes to the appreciation of golf courses, so there are no rights or wrongs really. Neve...

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Windross Farm 08/03/2017

15th North Island - Best in Area 23rd New Zealand Ranking
I'll be honest, I literally don't know what I think of Windross Farm, I found it to be a rather strange creation. I had kept tabs on everything posted online about it,...

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Wainui 07/03/2017

7th North Island - Best in Area 9th New Zealand Ranking
2016 was quite a year for New Zealand golf courses, with three impressive new layouts opening within twelve months of each other. Most of the attention has been garnered...

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Pukekohe 19/09/2016

35th North Island - Best in Area
I had a spare afternoon in the Auckland area, and I wanted to pick somewhere off the beaten track. Tossing up between South Head and Pukekohe, my interest was piqued by...

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St Clair 20/08/2016

18th South Island - Best in Area 47th New Zealand Ranking
It’s been over five years since I reviewed my home club, and it’s funny how my tastes have changed, the more I think about architecture and the more I consider the questi...

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Boulcott's Farm 21/11/2015

39th North Island - Best in Area
It’s really difficult to know how to review this course, and it’s almost entirely because I’ve played it half way through an extensive redevelopment (and because I played...

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Royal Wellington 13/11/2015

8th North Island - Best in Area 10th New Zealand Ranking
My morning at Royal Wellington’s new Heretaunga course was somewhat unusual to say the least. I had booked a weekend in the capital about two months previously, and not h...

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Titirangi 21/08/2014

6th North Island - Best in Area 8th New Zealand Ranking
Back to Titirangi six years after my first visit – it’s mostly as I remember it, with the very best use being made of some rolling suburban parkland / bush. Sometimes I w...

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Arrowtown 17/03/2014

3rd South Island - Best in Area 11th New Zealand Ranking
Back to Arrowtown four years after my first visit. I remembered it as being some of the best fun one can have on a golf course, and I still feel that way about it. There’...

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Taupo (Centennial) 07/03/2013

28th North Island - Best in Area 44th New Zealand Ranking
As I’ve said before, it seems that if a course is to have a chance of being ranked in New Zealand, it generally needs to have something extra, to help it rise above the m...

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Nelson 07/03/2013

17th South Island - Best in Area 46th New Zealand Ranking
There has been a lot of work done over the last 4-5 years at Nelson. LOTS of trees came out about 5 years ago, and to preserve the challenge, around twenty new bunkers ha...

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Jack's Point 01/02/2013

1st South Island - Best in Area 6th New Zealand Ranking
Four years after my first two visits, I was back at this stunning wedge of land. And I can’t really report anything different – I stand by my assertion that this is a tra...

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