Like many other sports and methods of entertainment, experiencing a play live, whether it’s a wonder goal in a football match, masterful live casino plays at a poker table, or in this case the perfect golf swing leading to a hole-in-one, it just feels more special. However, it is not just the thrill of the game itself that can be experienced live, it is also the stunning courses themselves with beautiful mountain ranges, untamed rivers, and breathtaking beaches. These are all common features of the New Zealand landscape, and by extension, they are also part of the golf courses found on the island.

With numerous golf tournaments and competitions being held in the remainder of 2022, and more major tournaments set to hold in 2023 in the country, there is nothing short of entertainment for all the spectators and golf enthusiasts.

While there are numerous golf courses in New Zealand, here are the top 5 in the country.

Cape Kidnappers

Golfers of all skill levels will find The Cape Kidnappers to be a challenge on its sizable golf course. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, which opened in 2004, is situated on a ridge-and-valley terrain with breathtaking sea vistas and plays high above the water on top of impressive cliffs.

One of New Zealand’s most upscale resorts, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, provides guests with first-class lodging, fine dining, and other recreational opportunities while they are not playing golf.


A top-notch championship course that honors the outstanding links courses. As you navigate the course and enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Taupo’s glistening blue waters, your expertise is put to the test against the obstacles that have been put in place.

The importance of a precise stroke is emphasized on the well-defended greens. Kinloch has earned a reputation for being New Zealand’s most difficult course.

The Hills

The Hills Golf Club, New Zealand’s most prestigious club, was founded in 2007 and is located on a large parcel of former deer farmland. With spectacular landscape encircling the course from all angles, the Southern Alps form a stunning backdrop. A triumph in terms of course design is the last stretch, which is especially remarkable. The golf course has also hosted a number of PGA and Open tournaments.

Jack’s Point

Jack’s Point Golf Course is one of the most visually stunning in the world, with a background of a large view of the mountain range and a perspective of the magnificent lakes. With five different tee positions available, the championship course provides golfers with an exciting challenge and an outstanding golfing experience. The course has natural designs, and the course is surrounded by breathtaking scenery because the integral features have all been kept the same.

Tara Iti

Being a former pine forest situated along a stunning beach, Tara Iti has been removed and transformed outside of the fairways into native dune vegetation, providing breathtaking views of the ocean and nearby islands. Fescue turf is used for the first time on a New Zealand golf course’s fairways and greens, creating authentic links-style playing conditions in the southern hemisphere. The stunning layout of Tara Iti has revolutionized the golfing landscape..


As can be seen, these are five of the top golf courses available to play in New Zealand at the moment, with each of them offering a number of breathtaking views, as well as some of the most challenging experiences a golfer can face!


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