Kauri Cliffs Golf Club

Takou Bay, North Island, New Zealand

Touring golfer will want to play both Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers to draw a comparison between the two top rated courses in New Zealand. Like Kidnappers, a visit to Kauri Cliffs starts with an extended drive through magnificent grounds to the clubhouse. It is an outstanding course with many spectacular holes in scenic surroundings, with the myriad of Cavallis islands jutting out of the deep blue ocean.

The course begins to show off its quality on the 4th, a dogleg right with a huge drop off on the right and an amazing coastline backdrop to the final approach of this par five. The 183m par three 5th follows, demanding a long iron to a tiny green defended by three front-side bunkers on the other side of a huge chasm between tee and green. It’s around here where most golfers start mentally counting the spare balls in their bags, as the following two holes continue with long carries over deep ravines with spectacular sea views to the right. The greens are true and fast to allow normal putting, but there’s a lot of risk and dare involved in getting to most of them. The back nine gets closest to the edge of the cliffs in the final four holes, just to leave you with the memory that you have been on a special golf course.

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