As the Auckland area's only true links style course Muriwai Golf Club is a year-round destination known for both its layout and surrounding blacksand beaches. Although the facilities here are sparse, the course is impressive and worth the 30 minute day trip from Auckland CBD if looking for a true Kiwi golf experience.
The land is part of a regional park located on
the coast to the west of Auckland and draws its watering
supply from the local streams. As one descends from the high cliffs which overlook the course and the Tasman Sea the surf comes into view. Blacksand from nearby beaches comprise that which is found in the bunkers, and lends
ruggedness to the course. Coastline views, gannets floating updrafts, and the sound of waves
crashing on the shoreline bring serenity to this course.
Gusty winds off of the water create a wonderful test, and play is year round thanks for good drainage and the temperate climate of the North Island. If played in the morning a decent post-round activity may be to visit a few of the beautiful wineries on the drive back into Auckland.
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8th: This par-3 plays 168 yards toward the sea and into the wind. Club selection is a challenge- with the need to hit driver if you find this hole on a particularly windy day.
right to left and featuring a myriad of traps placed throughout, this
par-5 will test one's patience or reward based on how well practiced a
player is hitting long irons from the sand.