Omaha Beach Golf Club

Flanked by both the sea and inlet estuary this course is often overlooked by visiting international golfers

Omaha Beach GC

To an American the beaches of Omaha Beach Golf Club may remind one of the dunes on the Eastern Seaboard (South Carolina/ Georgia) rather than what typically Americans would associate with New Zealand. However, this in a way typifies New Zealand as a country- demonstrating so many different landscapes in such a short distance. And although this course does not get the same name recognition as others crafted by John Darby (Millbrook, Clearwater) it is an under-the-radar resort links course located in a stunning location by the sea- with an estuary to the West and the Pacific Ocean to the East.

Omaha Beach offers a nice getaway from Auckland and a piece of New Zealand frequented by locals but not often visited by the international tourist. The reason? When driving in the country locations north of Auckland (The Northland) typically require a loop back through the city. However with activities in the region like beautiful beaches, the Matakana area and its surrounding wineries, and the Goat Island maritime reserve there is much to see. Options also include playing in the morning out of Auckland and then continuing up the coast- the locker room, amenities and food options at the course allow players to seamlessly continue their day.

Its course first opened in 1975 as a nine-hole track. Now, a full round of golf reflects this history: players tee off on the first three original holes, cross a road to continue on nine new holes, and finish up the round on original holes 13-18.


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Customer reviews

My wife and I, along with Sandy and George, arrived home about two weeks ago from a trip to New Zealand that you facilitated. The four of us have been traveling together for 47 years after meeting in a small Bed & Breakfast in London in 1971.  We have traveled extensively in Europe, Canada, United States, and South America.

New Zealand was a distant stretch for us, and then we asked Julie for help on the recommendation of friends and she took us to you.  And that was our lucky day!

The five weeks we spent in New Zealand were possibly the most seamless, best organized trip we have ever experienced.  The accommodations were outstanding, everyone of them. The accommodations fit very well with the itinerary that we gave to you. Each and everyone exceeded our expectations from Auckland to Invercargill.  The people we met in the B&Bs were very accommodating and attentive to all of our needs. We did not consider them as hosts but rather New Zealand friends.  The food was excellent.  Tour suggested excursions were always right on target.

I believe the only thing that would have made the trip better was to stay longer.  This was meant to be a onetime experience, but already there has been suggestions of a return.

Thank you for your part of this fantastic adventure!

—Carol and Bob P., PA, USA

Frank and the Best of NZ team were exceptional in their planning support and execution of our trip to NZ North Island. We gave them the parameters - dates and golf courses we wanted to play and the pacing we wanted for the trip in terms of days in each region - and they produced an absolutely amazing trip for us. All of the arrangements were flawlessly executed and we sailed through the trip effortlessly. their expert advice - how much driving vs. in country driving would be ideal for us to maximize our experience, the excursion to Cape Reinga which was amazing, having our dinner prepared the first night after a long day getting to Bay of Islands was perfect and the selection of accommodations in Hawke's Bay was brilliant.

We will never forget the spectacular views from Kauri Cliffs golf course, the jet boat rides in Taupo, cycling through the vineyards in Hawke's bay and ending up sipping chardonnay with lunch at Clearview winery, the splendor of playing golf among the birds and grounds at Wairakei, and ofcourse the spellbinding course at Cape Kidnappers. We could tell Best of NZ have strong relationships in NZ because the people we encountered in NZ as our guides/hosts reflected just that - professional and friendly. NZ was an amazing, epic experience for us and we could not have asked for better support and execution from Best of NZ/Frank and his team. We cant wait to go back, this time to the South Island!!!!

Thanks again Frank, YOU are the Best and the Best of NZ is truly the BEST!!

—Peter & Karen S., San Diego, CA