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.

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Muriwai 24/12/2011

15th North Island - Best in Area 20th New Zealand Ranking 96th Oceania Ranking
I remember the moment well, when I started to respect this golf course. After being absolutely soaked through for the front nine, I had just made a mess of the 10th. Insi...

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Remuera 18/11/2011

34th North Island - Best in Area 46th New Zealand Ranking
I was glad I managed to speak with Chris (General Manager) and my playing partner Ken (a long-time member) about this club’s main concerns, and who they are there to cate...

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Wanaka 09/10/2011

16th South Island - Best in Area
As a tranquil holiday destination, Wanaka itself is a stunning place, with the quintessential laid-back Kiwi aura – the perfect place to hang out on boats, take in some n...

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Clearwater 27/03/2011

5th South Island - Best in Area 19th New Zealand Ranking 89th Oceania Ranking
I’d heard some pretty diverse opinion on Clearwater before I came. A lot of pros seem to like it, but if you read the discussion group on a certain high-brow architectura...

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Chisholm Links 23/12/2010

6th South Island - Best in Area 22nd New Zealand Ranking
Straight off the bat, I should say that I’ve long been baffled about the unconditional love people in most countries seem to have for links golf. Don’t get me wrong, I ab...

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Otago 04/10/2010

10th South Island - Best in Area 30th New Zealand Ranking
Whilst the Balmacewen course (Otago is the name of the club) definitely belongs in a bygone era, it is not altogether outdated. People talk about technology making course...

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St Clair 31/08/2010

13th South Island - Best in Area 47th New Zealand Ranking
I’ll lay my biases on the table from the off – I’m a member here, and have been since I arrived in New Zealand - it says so on our ‘About Us’ page, so I’ll not get away w...

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Wairakei 25/07/2010

9th North Island - Best in Area 12th New Zealand Ranking 56th Oceania Ranking
I had high hopes for my visit here – it is much touted as a classy layout amongst the Kiwi golfing cognoscenti. The building of this place seems to have been a landmark i...

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Kinloch Club 22/07/2010

4th North Island - Best in Area 4th New Zealand Ranking 16th Oceania Ranking
About 25 minutes drive out of Taupo, in its own little valley bordering the lake, you will find The Kinloch Club. Taupo is hardly a sprawling metropolis, but there’s no s...

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Arrowtown 13/07/2010

2nd South Island - Best in Area 7th New Zealand Ranking 31st Oceania Ranking
Arrowtown is a tale of two nines; the first nine being the one you’ll remember it for. The design is ingenious – a tiny piece of land for 9 holes of golf, but each hole h...

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The Hills 28/06/2010

3rd South Island - Best in Area 9th New Zealand Ranking 42nd Oceania Ranking
Winding our way gingerly through the curves of the snow-covered Crown Range road, it was hard to see how we were going to be playing golf that day – looking down to the v...

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Brookwater 11/05/2010

1st Queensland - Best in Area 33rd Australia Ranking 37th Oceania Ranking
Brookwater is a Greg Norman course that scythes its way through a dense eucalyptus forest not far outside of Brisbane. The course follows a standard two loops of nine, bu...

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Gulf Harbour 25/01/2010

12th North Island - Best in Area 15th New Zealand Ranking 74th Oceania Ranking
First and foremost, I have to say something that struck me straight off – the conditioning of this place is unbelievable. This is especially true of the fairways – I dist...

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Kauri Cliffs 19/01/2010

5th North Island - Best in Area 5th New Zealand Ranking 19th Oceania Ranking
What an astounding course Kauri Cliffs is – so many spectacular stand-out holes, in such outrageously beautiful surroundings, with the myriad of tiny islands ju...

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Terrace Downs 21/09/2009

9th South Island - Best in Area 28th New Zealand Ranking
Terrace Downs is pretty much the archetypal resort course, with its generous margins for error (i.e. lots of fairly impotent semi rough, little in the way of serious cabb...

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