New Zealand is home to some of the most jaw-droppingly spectacular golf courses in the world.
Want to tee off under majestic alpine peaks, or fancy finishing up on the 18th hole looking out over a coastal paradise? Here's a guide to some of New Zealand's most scenic courses.
The Hills(opens in new window) is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, wild golden tussock and a bright-blue alpine lake. This challenging par 72 course is one of New Zealand’s premier golf courses, lying amidst the rolling hills that encircle Queenstown. Non-member play is permitted, and the course is near to boutique lodges, world-class wineries and action-packed activities.
Surrounded by a natural, alpine amphitheatre and voted as the best golf resort in Australasia, Millbrook is one of the most scenic golfing experiences in the world. The course enjoys four very distinct seasons – long, hot summer days and fiery autumn colours are followed by crisp, clear winters and a bright and colourful spring. The only course in New Zealand to feature 27 holes, Millbrook offers a variety of natural playing hazards including tussock, streams, schist stone, trees and buildings.
If you’re looking to tee off above expansive 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and its islands, look no further than Kauri Cliffs Golf Course. Located near Matauri Bay, Northland, Kauri Cliffs looks over the spectacular Bay of Islands and beyond. Home to a par 72 PGA Championship Golf Course designed and built by David Harman, it is ranked #80 in the world by GOLF Magazine. Kauri Cliffs is one of the most awarded boutique golf and spa resorts in New Zealand.
Easily accessible from Christchurch city, Clearwater Golf Club meanders around an abundance of natural waterways, spring-fed lakes and trout-filled streams all set against uninterrupted views of the stunning Southern Alps. Home of the New Zealand Men's and Women's Open Tournaments, Clearwater combines elements of links golf inspired by Scottish courses. This par-72 course incorporates five tee settings to challenge players of all abilities.
Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, Cape Kidnappers(opens in new window) in Hawke's Bay is a par 71 golf course set atop rolling farmland and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Opened in 2007, this spectacular course is currently ranked 16th on Golf Digest's prestigious 'World Top 100' list and will challenge golfers of all skill levels.
Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, in Queenstown lies Jack’s Point, a course that combines spectacular scenery with cutting-edge golf architecture to create an unforgettable golfing experience. The course weaves through tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and native bush; and has a backdrop of the 2300m-high razorback Remarkables mountain range