Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Hawke Bay, North Island, New Zealand

Built on the cliffs above Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Cape Kidnappers provides some of the most dramatic sea views possible – let alone from a golf course. Unsurprisingly ranked in the top 50 in the world, this course blends amazing scenery from dramatic cliffs and an excellently conceived route which is well maintained all year round.  The introduction to the course starts with a scenic and impressive 7 km drive from the gate to the clubhouse, setting the tone for what you will find on the course. Surfaces are firm and fast, and a golfer who can judge wind conditions correctly will be rewarded with a good round. The 15th hole, a long par five aptly named “Pirates Plank”, is one of the most memorable holes in golf. Gradually narrowing from tee to green, the left side of the fairway drops more than 150 meters into the South Pacific, from where no golf ball – or golfer, for that matter – will ever be retrieved. Signage warns the foolhardy to stay away from the sides, as if that is necessary. Once you reach the cliff-mounted green, you will understand what it feels like to be at the very edge of the world. Sea views extend as far as the eye can see almost in every direction. Even if your game is not up to par, you will remember the vistas – or at least the places where some of your golf balls ended up.

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