Designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., Gulf Harbour was opened in 1997 and hosted the 1998 World Cup of Golf. The course features significant changes in elevation and magnificent sea views, with the back nine offering superb vistas of the Hauraki Gulf.
Located on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, only 40 mins outside of Auckland's downtown area, the "Trilogy" of 15th, 16th and 17th challenge golfers of all levels when the winds are blowing.The front 9 of this course has more hills than the back 9, which moves toward the water.
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7th, Par-3: This 328 yard par-4 is a superb risk/reward hole which showcases Jones' excellent use of water. A dogleg flanked by a lake tempts long hitters to go straight at the green.
16th: A par-4 dogleg right winding along the cliff tops. Measuring 460 yards, long hitters will be tempted to shortcut across the water and onto the green. Failure to carry the distance risks the ball landing on a downslope off of the green toward the cliff face. Success however is measured with an Eagle attempt.
17th: Par-5 552 yard hole follows the edge of a cliffside high above the breakers.