Nov 10, 2019

The Best of New Zealand Golf Featured on Ask Alan's most recent entry of "Ask Alan" featured questions about the golf trip we created for Alan Shipnuck and his crew. You can follow the link below to read the entire entry, with comments about New Zealand's courses below

  • Tata Iti. From tee-to-green I think this is Tom Doak’s best design, which is saying something. (The third hole, with a green tucked hidden behind a towering dune but slopes to feed your ball toward the pin, was my favorite hole on the entire trip.) Like Muirfield, no two holes ever play in the same direction. But a handful of the greens are too extreme for such a windy site.
  • Kauri Cliffs. For fun and drama, it’s tough to beat this intensely scenic course. Bonus points for maybe the prettiest driving range on the planet.
  • Cape Kidnappers. The drone/helicopter photos make this look like the most epic course ever built but the finger peninsulas play flat and narrow, and the coast is a backdrop but never really a hazard. Still, Kidnappers has a bunch of terrific holes and some unforgettable views; on a trip lousy with infinity holes, the 12th here was the most majestic.


Author: Frank Krieger