Originally established in 1934 by descendants of the early Scottish farmers who moved to New Zealand in the mid 1800s, Waipu settled into its existing location during the "golden area" of golf in 1966. Expanded to its current length in 1978 this course has recently (2014) redone the 17th. At around 6600 yards in length from the back tees the length of this course is not championship by any means, but its location on the shores of Bream Bay can't be beat.
Few international travelers will have the chance to experience Waipu GC but it is a great example of a local Kiwi gem and can be played all year round. As a coastal course its sandy base means the course is always dry underfoot. In fact, the drainage is so good that local tournaments held in the dead of winter (July) when other courses in the country are closed.
Kikuyu grass makes up the fairways (as it does the famed Riviera Golf Club and Torrey Pines GC) and is very drought-tolerant. This course is a perfect example of the country's love of golf and the land screams for the game!
13th: From the highest point on the course players are provided a great view of Bream Bay and the famed Whangarei Heads. The tee shot is across a chasm to a raised green. Mind the wind coming from the water because it will move the ball in the air, and an over-cooked cut will find trees to the right of the green complex. However, a fade may be the shot to play as the to the left and from back-to-front.
17th: Changed in 2012, like many of the country's best par-3s, this 165yard hole is picturesque. Tee shots are from an elevated position to a green flanked by bunkers on the left side and two at the
front. The toughest aspect however is that if one finds these bunkers, the second shot is across a green which slopes from left to right and then into a drop off. Stopping a ball out of the sand is difficult, so it's best to take care to try and make the tee shot count.