Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

#16 "World's 100 Greatest Courses" - Golf Digest, 2016

High atop a windswept plateau, this former farmland is now a championship style course and boutique resort. With the Pacific Ocean and famed gannet colony this 5,000-acre property allows guests to experience true Kiwi rugged and rural luxury.

Funded with capital infused by an American billionaire, designed by one of the most sought after golf architects and located on a cliff-side location in Hawke's Bay, Cape Kidnappers has rightly earned honors as a top course in the world from every major golf publication possible. This former sheep station turned golf course follows a sense of minimalism, with as little earth moved as possible.

Players at Cape Kidnappers may attack the pin due to generous fairways but attention should paid to the wind in order to arrive at the most advantageous angles.

Awards and Accolades

  • 2012 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award - Golf Digest
  • #40 "Top 100 courses in the World 2015" - Golf Magazine, 2015
  • #16 "World's 100 Greatest Courses" - Golf Digest, 2016

Course information

  • Location: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • Plays: 7147 yards, Par 71
  • Club Pro: Jon McCord
  • Architect: Tom Doak, 2004
  • Pricing: Super Luxury

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Play Info and Signature Holes

6th: Par-3. Playing over a deep ravine to a broad fairway, this hole has pot bunkers up the left side, gullies, and is lined by rough grass. Hitting the ball into the grass will lose it and on most days a the strong north west wind can force balls into these hazards. Cutting the ball is a nice skill to have.

13th: Par-3. Plays along the edge of the cliff side and players contend with 5 bunkers for a shot to a raised green, which looks like it disappears into the abyss off the far side.

14th: Jon McCord, PGA Professional at Cape Kidnappers says, “14 is called pimple. It's a short Par 4 that, if the wind is out of the right direction, you can have a chance at knocking it up near the green. That is of course more easily said than done, as once you get close the green is its main defense. It has this very deep pot bunker in the front and this little pimple of sorts, hence its name, on the green. So you have a false front on the right with a green that is very tough."  

Tip for those without the distance on this hole to hit within 10 yards of the pin lay back and leave yourself a full shot to where you can create some spin. The green runs away a little bit even in its flatter sections.

15th: You would not be the first person to tee up as you look out over the cliff and blast a drive into the ocean... just to count the number of seconds it takes to reach the water.

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