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 8 at Chisholm Links. He has published many articles in The Cut (NZ’s leading golf magazine) on both golf psychology and NZ’s golf courses. He is also a practicing sports psychologist, and has worked with a number of NZ golfers, including Ryan Fox.

Reviews


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The Dunes - Matarangi 13/09/2021

41st North Island - Best in Area
What a bizarre golf course. And I don’t mean in a charismatic, quirky, fascinating type of way. It’s actually pretty conventional in many ways. My use of the word biza...

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North Shore (Red) 19/05/2021

35th North Island - Best in Area 50th New Zealand Ranking
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 wo...

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Miramar 18/05/2021

29th North Island - Best in Area 40th New Zealand Ranking
Let’s start with the bad news – Miramar isn’t big on what certain golf magazines call “ambience”. If you dropped a ball at the front doors of Wellington Airport, you wou...

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Pegasus 28/03/2021

8th South Island - Best in Area 26th New Zealand Ranking
I came here nine years ago, not soon after it opened, and only got to play the back nine for reasons too dull to repeat here. Finally got to return and see the full 18,...

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Harewood 18/10/2020

15th South Island - Best in Area 49th New Zealand Ranking
I literally am going to cut and paste the first paragraph of another review, because it’s so relevant – “I’ve now done many similar reviews for Kiwi parkland club courses...

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Hamilton 16/12/2019

21st North Island - Best in Area 31st New Zealand Ranking
I’ve now done many similar reviews for parkland club courses that sit between 20 and 50 in our rankings, and have also visited a few that didn’t quite make the cut. Just...

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Roxburgh 18/07/2019

Gem New Zealand - Best in Area
It would be pretty easy just to describe Roxburgh as a mini Arrowtown, and in some ways that’s true. Short, quirky, narrow corridors, wild undulations, schist everywhere...

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Lakes - Pauanui 30/01/2019

26th North Island - Best in Area 36th New Zealand Ranking
The Lakes is situated in the middle of the stunning Coromandel Peninsula, about 2 hours from Auckland. The Coromandel itself is one of my favourite areas in the whole co...

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Brookwater 17/12/2018

1st Queensland - Best in Area 33rd Australia Ranking 37th Oceania 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

20th North Island - Best in Area 29th 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

22nd North Island - Best in Area 32nd 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

23rd North Island - Best in Area 33rd 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

6th South Island - Best in Area 22nd 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

18th North Island - Best in Area 24th 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

11th North Island - Best in Area 14th New Zealand Ranking 66th Oceania 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

38th 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

13th 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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