Situated just north of the town of New Plymouth on the western side of the North Island, New Plymouth golf course has been in place since the early 1900s. And although it is one of the older courses in the country the amount of land dedicated to it allows play at a Championship length- having hosted the New Zealand Open numerous times in the past.
The course itself is split between parkland golf (tree lined holes) and links-style as the land slopes toward the Tasman Sea. On most holes Mt. Taranaki dominates the background. This beautiful mountain is reminiscent of Mt. Fuji and snow covers the top in the spring time.
The west coast of New Zealand is beautiful but more raw than the east side of the country. Weather from Australia creates wind off of the water and players should expect the sea breeze to play a large part in how to maneuver through this course. As winds usually pick up in the afternoon, players will have a better chance of still air by teeing off in the morning.
in 2012 a new clubhouse was completed in true modern Kiwi design (dark wood, simple and clean industrial-design, large floor to ceiling windows). It is located at the highest point on the course and has a lounge, full kitchen and bar facilities.
6th: Beautiful 155 yard par-3 with a sloping left-to-right green centered within a bowl lined by trees. This hole has Mt. Taranaki in the background and tee shots should account for a wind off of the water from the right in addition to carrying a bit of water in the front. With bunkers to the left and right catch errant shots, pin placement is fun whether on the upper plateau or down the slope to the right- bringing into play the slope of the green to filter the approach.
14th: 125 yard Par-3 directly at the ocean. This hole is flat so the player's eye may have a difficult time judging distance, especially when faced with club selection into the wind. A large green however restores some of that confidence of the wind taking the ball wayward.