Golf on the Edge – New Zealand


The North Island of New Zealand is a mecca for tourists, attracted by its stunning beauty and wonderful climate. Situated in the Bay of Islands, a 4-hr drive north of Auckland, the multi award winning course Kauri Cliffs is a work of art that many consider a “bucket list” course to play.
Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman from Orlando, Florida. The par 72 championship golf course measures 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland.

One golfer described Kauri Cliffs as “Pebble Beach on steroids”, and while this might seem like an exaggerated phrase, the incredible views of this dramatic course have gained worldwide applause. No more so than US Based Golf Magazine, who regularly place it in the top 100 courses in the World.

Kauri Cliffs is part of a luxury boutique golf & spa resort that is set on 6,000 acres. The 5-star lodge accommodation provides 22 guest suites and a Two Bedroom Owner’s Cottage. It is a member of Relais & Châteaux, an exclusive collection of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants around the Globe. The Lodge affords spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands, which can be viewed from the verandas, lounge, and dining rooms.
Facilities include an infinity swimming pool with spa and a fully equipped fitness centre. Residents can opt for a spot of fishing or a dip at one of the three private beaches, or go kayaking, play tennis onsite, or take on an adventurous hike.
A playground the rich and famous, Kauri Cliffs along with its sister course Cape Kidnappers are both owned by New York hedge fund guru Julian Robertson. Like the golf course, it receives many prestigious awards from worldwide press.

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