Cape Kidnappers is a Tom Doak masterpiece that covers one of the most astounding pieces of land ever used for golf: massive fingers of rock and earth high above Hawke’s Bay.
It is not true links terrain. Yet, the play is seaside golf at its finest. The surface is firm and fast, the conditions can be windy, and if you can control your trajectory you will be master of the course.
At the par-five fifteenth (“Pirate’s Plank”), you may have to aim your second or third shot out over the ocean depending on the wind. But it’s the seventeenth, an uphill par four with a double fairway and a phalanx of bunkers guarding the left side of the green, that may be the biggest thrill of all. If all this sounds overwhelming, don’t despair: Behind the imposing veneer lies a fair course that, remarkably, offers a safe route on nearly every hole.
Cape Kidnappers Golf Club, the second New Zealand gem (after Kauri Cliffs) developed by New York hedge-fund magnate Julian Robertson, is a head shaker. You’ll marvel at the audacity and the vision of laying out holes atop craggy, nearly 500-foot-high cliffs.
Topping the charts of golf in Kiwi land are a pair of world-class courses rated by Golf Digest as among the world’s best courses: Cape Kidnappers Golf Course (#16), and sister Kauri Cliffs GC (#49). Go Golfing has put together a fully escorted golf tour to New Zealand’s North Island featuring Cape Kidnappers and a pre-tour with a luxury Kauri Cliffs experience.
The Go Golfing New Zealand North Island Golf Tour takes you to a stunning array of courses set in incredible locations. This tour will see you play the superstars of the New Zealand landscape – courses designed by world class architects such as Dr Alister MacKenzie, Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus. Add Kauri Cliffs to the mix and you’ve got an unbeatable array of golf.
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