New Zealand has a number of excellent golf courses offering top facilities, set amidst beautiful surroundings. And some of the best courses have luxury accommodation on-site where the golf starts almost at the front door.
From the emerald green cliffs of Northland to the deep blue lakes in the central North Island and south to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu there is a fantastic range of options for the avid golfer. Courses include the Jack Nicklaus-designed Kinloch Golf Course near Taupo with its architecturally delightful Dunalistair House, and the David Harman-designed course at Kauri Cliffs in Northland.
Cape Kidnappers, near Napier, is rated #6 in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses Outside the US, and its sister property, Kauri Cliffs, in Northland, is ranked #19. Both these courses have beautiful accommodation on site.
Other courses, like Peppers Clearwater on the outskirts of Christchurch and Formosa near Auckland, are close to large urban areas. Although not strictly 5-star properties they offer nice accommodation at PGA-standard courses. The great Sir Bob Charles was behind the design at Formosa and consulted on the design of the Clearwater course.
Queenstown has its fair share of New Zealand’s top courses with Millbrook, Jacks Point and the Hills all nearby. Millbrook has been around for many years now and has proven its pedigree time and again. In 2011 it was voted Best Golf Resort in Australia and New Zealand in the World Travel Awards. Jacks Point and the Hills courses are both just a few years old, but are already proving their value. The Hills was opened in 2007 to host the New Zealand Open that year. It has an interesting selection of native New Zealand grasses and also features some dramatic sculptural art by local artists around the course. Jacks Point has a commanding position overlooking Lake Wakatipu and its par 72 course is well worth trying. It has a beautiful lodge almost next door.
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