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Hawkes Bay and Napier golf courses

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Havelock North

In the words of course designer Tom Doak...

"Our goal in designing golf courses is to create interesting holes you wouldn't find anywhere else. That wasn't hard to do at Cape Kidnappers, because the site is not like anywhere else in golf. If it were any bigger or any more dramatic, it would probably be cordoned off as a national park. It's an overwhelming experience to stand up on the cliffs, 140 meters above sea level, and look out across the waves far below in Hawke's Bay.

Cape Kidnappers is not true links terrain, with the wrinkles of sand dunes; instead the land tilts toward the sea as a series of ridges jutting out toward the edge of the cliffs. Yet, the play is seaside golf at its finest. The surface is firm and fast, the conditions can be windy, and the player who can control his trajectory will be master of the course. You'll hit shots over the tops of the tea trees, and play along the edges of deep ravines. If you stray on your approaches, you'll actually hope to get caught up in bunkers hanging off the green's edge, some of them deeper than you've ever seen before. Three times, you'll have to make the perilous leap from the end of one ridge to the end of the next. And at the sixth and fifteenth holes it's possible to pull your approach off the very end of the earth, though it will take nearly ten seconds of hang time for your ball to reach the ocean below.

For myself and my associates, it was a great adventure to track up the hill every day and build a golf course in such a remarkable setting. We hope you enjoy your time here as much as we have. New Zealand is a long way from home, but Cape Kidnappers is never far from our hearts."

Maraenui Golf Club
Napier
Holes: 18  Par: 72  Length: 5936m

One of Hawke's Bay's finest Golf Courses is set in lovely tree-lined surrounds just off Marine Parade, Napier... a one wood from the sea and close to the City centre.

With the gentle sea breezes slipping through the warm summer sun, you will enjoy your rounds of golf on an eighteen-hole, 6132-metre course that, although flat and easy to walk, offers tightly sculptured tree-lined fairways and creative bunkering.

Whether you are long or short off the tee, Maraenui requires accuracy or else one of it's many trees will surely grab your attention. It is fun and challenging to play, yet manageable for all skill levels. Great design is coupled with meticulous maintenance.

Napier Golf Club (Inc)
Napier
Phone: (06) 844 7913
Holes: 18  Par: 72  Length: 5987m

Napier Golf Club “Waiohiki” is the oldest Golf Club in Hawke’s Bay, having celebrated its Centenary in 1996.

Over the years it has been the site of many New Zealand and inter-provincial tournaments, in fact hosting the first ever New Zealand Open in 1907.

Centrally located on State Highway 50, the Waiohiki links provides an easy walking 18-hole championship course, which is a challenging test of golf for both the beginner and low handicapper.

Hastings Golf Club
Hastings
Phone: (06) 879 7206
Holes: 18  Par: 72  Length: Men: 6257m Women: 5972m

Welcome to Hastings Golf Club, ranked amongst the Top 10 New Zealand’s Golf courses. You’ll find a round of golf at 'Bridge Pa' a challenging and enjoyable experience set amid picturesque surroundings.

We welcome visitors to the course.

Hawkes Bay Golf Club
Hastings
Phone: (06) 879-8890
Holes: 18  Par: 73  Length: Blue: 6436m White: 6103m Yellow 5417m

Ten minutes drive south-west of Hastings will bring you to one of the surprises of Hawkes Bay. The youngest of the four major golf courses in the Bay, the Hawkes Bay Golf Club. The course, built on 142 acres of pumice land was designed by Commander John Harris. It was opened in 1969 after an enthusiastic group of people (some of them not even golfers) had spent many hours picking up pumice and carrying buckets of water from a tanker to the newly planted trees. Today the course looks magnificent, with wide, tree-lined, New Zealand. browntop grass and fescue grass fairways and large Pencross greens.

The tranquil setting has attracted much wildlife to join the members on their way around the course. Tui's can often be heard in the trees, while at ground level the doves are a picture as they gather to watch the golfers amble by. There are also wild duck, plover, heron and the very noisy pied stilts, which regularly nest in and populate the water hazards about the course. In addition to the wild-life, the course offers magnificent views, with Te Mata peak to the east and the Northern Ruahines to the west.

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