Top Golf Experiences near Auckland

As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland has something for everyone: Enjoy the sun at one of the many fabulous restaurants, cafes or bars in downtown Auckland, savour some of New Zealand’s best wine at a vineyard, or take a short ferry ride to explore the islands of the surrounding Hauraki Gulf. Auckland is also the perfect starting point for Golf Lovers wanting to play golf in the North Island.  There are four “Marquee Courses” within easy reach of Auckland: The Wainui Golf Club, the Gulf Harbour Country Club, the Titirangi Golf Club and the Windross Farm Golf Course.

A Marquee Course is of high quality, is aspirational within inherent international interest, has history and/or a particular identity, and is accessible for visitor play. There are 14 Marquee Courses throughout New Zealand.

Wainui Golf Club

Just 30 minutes north of Auckland’s Central Business District lies one of the country’s newest golf experiences. Wainui Golf Club features an 18 hole championship course with five sets of tees, as well as a nine-hole short course, which plays through the property’s feijoada orchard with holes ranging from 70 – 150 yards in length. Although close to the city, the property still captures the rugged beauty of Kiwi landscapes. The course is cut through rolling hills, natural water ways, and is framed by 80-year-old statement pines and precise bunkering. With a full service clubhouse, driving range, and golf carts equipped with GPS, Wainui is quickly becoming a “must play” course in New Zealand.

You can read more about this club here: http://www.wainui.online

Gulf Harbour Country Club

On the Whangaparaoa Peninsula – 40 minutes drive from downtown Auckland – Gulf Harbour was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr. and opened in 1998. With many outstanding sea views, Gulf Harbour has a links-style feel. Trent Jones Jnr kept this course mostly open to the elements so that when the wind blows, par or a score anywhere near that represents a fine day’s golf.  The signature hole is the 16th – a 460 yard par 4 dogleg along the cliff tops.

You can read more about this club here: http://www.gulfharbourcountryclub.co.nz

Titirangi Golf Club

Titirangi Golf Club, Neuseeland’s only Dr. Alister MacKenzie designed golf course, is just 15 minutes drive from downtown Auckland. It is situated in a beautiful bushland setting between the lower slopes of the Waitakere Ranges and the Manukau Harbour. Founded in 1909, it is a private members club but offers playing opportunities for New Zealand and overseas visitors. Titirangi is regarded as one of New Zealand’s top courses and is a product of one of golf’s all-time best course designers.

You can read more about this club here: http://www.titirangigolf.co.nz

Windross Farm Golf Course

Set amongst iconic New Zealand countryside, and located within 30 minutes from Auckland city, Windross Farm is the site for the LPGA Tour’s Mckayson New Zealand Women’s Open. The 18 hole championship course has been developed as a unique links-style course that offers a mixture of flat and undulating grounds, man-made lakes and strategically placed dramatic bunkers, combining the best of golf and the natural environment. Windross is a course of strategy: about playing the right lines to the pin and then being tested by the undulating greens and surrounds.

You can read more about this club here: http://www.windrossfarm.co.nz

McKayson’s New Zealand Women’s Open Golf Championship 2017

 

The New Zealand’s Womens Open is New Zealand’s richest golf tournament with NZ$1.85 million in prizemoney. It will be staged at the new Windross Farm golf course in Auckland from 28 September to 1 October this year. The New Zealand Women’s Open is part of the global LPGA Tour which comprises 35 events in 15 countries, with the New Zealand event to be broadcast to more than 150 countries.

Eight Major winners, including three from the winning 2017 USA Solheim Cup team, have completed final confirmation for the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open taking place in just over three weeks.

The trio of Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome and Danielle Kang were part of the winning American Solheim Cup team. The other Major winners include Canada’s Brooke Henderson, Korea’s Na Yeon Choi, Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, Scotand’s Catriona Matthew and tournament host Lydia Ko.

Tseng and Ko have been so dominant that between them they were the world number one for more than four years. Tseng was the youngest player either male or female, at 22 years, to win five majors – the US Women’s PGA Championship twice, the Women’s British Open twice and the ANA Inspiration. Lincicome, 31, is a two-time Major winner and likely to be one of the most popular players at the tournament, on the back of her big hitting game, which has earned her the nickname of BamBam. Choi is another player with a remarkable record in the game, with nine LPGA wins including the US Women’s Open in 2012. The 29 year old has won over NZ$15 million in earnings, with her first professional tournament victory in Korea at just 17 following an incredible amateur career. Henderson, 19, already has four professional wins to her credit including her breakthrough victory when she beat Ko in a playoff to claim her first Major, the 2016 Women’s PGA Championship. Matthew has 11 tournament wins to her credit including the British Open in 2010 and four wins on the LPGA, amassing more than NZ$13 million in her career. Creamer is a 12-time winner who has amassed more than $NZ 16 million in prize money including a win in her first year to become the youngest winner of a multiple-round tournament. She claimed her Major at the US Women’s Open in 2010 with her last win coming at the HSBC Women’s Champions in 2014. Kang, 24, won her first Major with victory in the KPMG PGA Championship this year, pushing her one spot outside the top-10 in the Rolex World Rankings for the two-time US Amateur champion. And then there’s the 20-year-old Ko, who was world number one for a remarkable 104 weeks and in her very short but meteoric rise in the sport, has already won 14 times including two Majors along with 60 top-10 LPGA finishes.

“To have golfers who have won so many Major Championships between them is a testament to the quality of the field coming to New Zealand,” said tournament director Michael Goldstein. “To this you have a number of outstanding players who have won many times on either on the LPGA or the LET Tours. We have a large number of proven champions in the women’s game competing in Auckland, and it will be a privilege for New Zealand fans to watch players of this calibre in action. It is a level of golf that has never been seen in this country before.”

You can read more about the championship on their website:

http://www.nzwomensopen.com/