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