The rough beyond that were areas of long and dense Bentgrass and what looked like Sand Tussock. I was pushing a trolley, so it was arduous to get up these hills due to the sogginess of the course. I would have liked to have played it twice the same day because it was enjoyable and I could have taken better notes. It has very generous fairways and larger greens typical of a resort course. 1 person found this review helpful Discover More. Staff very friendly. In response to BB, I have played many New Zealand, Australian, British, and American courses. The course has found its place comfortably in the top 50 for years, and deservedly so. Anyone arriving with golf clubs and/or golf shoes will be diverted to quarantine inspection upon arrival in New Zealand. A good description of the course with good tips to prepare. Kauri Cliffs is one of the most sought after luxury lodges in the world, and is part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection. The cottages are set within a native forest overlooking the golf course and Pacific Ocean. Kauri Cliffs Kauri Cliffs is a par 72 championship golf course with ocean views from 15 holes. Playing Kauri Cliffs golf course is quite a formidable test and I’m sure I’m not alone in fearing that a mounting tally of lost balls was beginning to detract from the views. I certainly don't recognise Kauri Cliffs from this review and would strongly recommend the course to anyone the cost is high but with that you get great conditions as well as a free flowing round. Along with a variety of the finest in brand name golf apparel and accessories, the golf shop is a great source of local made New Zealand cashmere and wool products, as well as local artwork and sculpture. Approach shots that fall short of the green can roll off the back. The first h... Ohio State is blessed with two Alister MacKenzie courses. I also played similar golf courses in the region. It has laid the way for lodges like Cape Kidnappers, Kinloch Lodge and more recently Tara Iti.My wife and I were lucky enough to enjoy a weekend here, and we thank Julian, the American Hedge Fund manager for directing his compass to the remote far north of New Zealand. Guests of the Lodge receive a 10% discount off the applicable 18 Hole Green Fee. It definitely sits inside my top 200 because it is fun to play, not overly difficult yet is very memorable. My one critique is that the 9th and 18th holes end on a long uphill and feel somewhat similar despite one of them being a par 4 and the other a par 5. Kauri Cliffs try to keep it’s visitor numbers down to 24 a day, giving every Golfer the feeling that they are playing by themselves. Even worse, is the dreadful 9th which has to be a contender for worst hole on a world class course. Once you are on the green (and the eighth tee) you are looking at simply one of the Best Views in The World. Kauri Cliffs golf course was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. You will want to put this on your bucket list and play it at least once in your life, more often if you can afford the price tag. Ranked in the world top 100. Staying at Cape Kidnappers or Kauri Cliffs is very expensive with rumors of $3500 per night but you do not have to stay there to play. I played it in February, 2019. The 4th is a good hole and is called a risk and reward par 5 in their stroke saver. Some were deeper than others but all of them were very playable and you could advance your ball from the a fairway bunker or get it reasonably close from a green side bunker. Sometimes golf is crazy/small world. I made a lucky birdie with a thinned tee shot on the par 3 12th, two other tee shots would have been out of bounds on a dry day, and my caddie was an assistant pro from my home club who was working there for the "winter." The reason I mention my score and some highlights is to highlight that this course should not beat you up too much other than where there is a forced carry such as on the long seventh. It's unlikely you will be just passing so it requires a specific trip there, i would do it again without any hesitation. Kauri Cliffs is a little closer to the ocean and has been laid out to make the most of the sea views. Rarely have I seen such beautiful surroundings. And in this condition the lay up is not very interesting on a first visit as all you see is a pitch shot short of a mound tilting to the right where the fairway is at its narrowest, only to find out afterwards that there is tons of space behind and left of that mount. However I have no idea how it has created a reputation worthy of the cost of its green fee. Course had great views. While the course is fun, it’s all about the views and these are all world. I really enjoyed playing there and if you can play it you should but accept you are paying for great views on a nice golf course - no more. Yes, 14-17 is out of this world. Respond to above review  It is a great experience, with good golf, great views, and if you can afford to stay and dine - a wonderful ambient hospitality. With ground transfers and sufficient time for golf, an excursion to Kauri Cliffs typically takes between five to seven hours for the full experience. How many courses do you go to and find only a handful of players on the course, but a flotilla of mowers out in formation on a daily basis? I have read you have views of the Pacific Ocean from fifteen holes, all but the three holes that are lower that begin on the back nine. Kauri Cliffs Golf Course. The rough around bunkers were 10-20 centimetres in length Bentgrass. Travelling American golfers, who form an important part of the visitor base, compare Kauri Cliffs favourably with Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. Due to the rain I was unable to take notes as I played as well as take as many photos of the course as I would have liked, so this review will be more general than I normally would do. Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review. Should the accommodation be full or just plain out of the budget range I would highly recommend the alternative we found nearby in downtown Kerikeri. It is superbly conditioned (even with the rain I could see that). Excellent driving range with spectacular views. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards / 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. It is just an ordinary resort course in a great location. 27, Mon. We kindly request that any caddie needs be communicated in advance of your arrival. The fairways were cut to less than 5 millimetres and hard. It's actually a... Old Corkscrew is named quite well. The par 72 championship golf course offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs and the golf course are well admired by all who visit this striking part of the North Island. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,139 yards / 6,528 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Also the views from the 15th, 16th and 17th greens are probably the most memorable part of the course and make it well worth the visit. The later holes towards the clubhouse faced the setting sun. If you were going to describe any course in NZ as a 'dispiriting journey it would be Kinloch, That course absolutely beats you down over and over. The most interesting of these is the short par 4 third hole. Jones completely redesigned the 5 th hole, transforming it from a long, uphill, par-3 to a short, downhill par-3. Although it's not very easily accessed and again the cost is too high. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked #39 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World. And it is just a wonderful place to stay. The front nine has some wonderfully contoured greens, and though many tee shots require... Outside of the Sandhills region, Greensboro arguably boasts more breadth and depth of g... A locked gate and relatively unimposing sign, followed by a most pleasant drive of several kilometres through lush undulating cattle country yielded an impressive clubhouse which offered possibly the most scenic vistas I’ve encountered in any ‘golfing’ environment anywhere in the world. Open again: Sun. Six holes are played alongside cliffs, which plunge to … Neither time did I find the fairways running as crazy quick as you describe though. The natural beauty is just astounding throughout, so our real goal was to create a very special golf course that people from all over the world will commend and enjoy. Golf course open: Thurs. Right is incredible scenery and a big drop. Neat and tidy at all times with collared shirts, dress trousers, or shorts. Popular nearby activities include fishing, diving and golfing. 1 person found this review helpful Kauri Cliffs is a par 72 championship golf course with ocean views from 15 holes. Did I just visit the course on a bad day? Kauri Cliffs has long been placed among the world’s top 100 and a trip to New Zealand is not complete with out the wonderful experience of playing here. And no expense is spared in making sure the maintenance of the course is absolutely pristine. Hi Clive, did you play any other courses in NZ and does Kauri Cliffs compare to those? You may find that a big statement as holes 10, 11 & 12 are sited in swampland without any of the spectacular views. I would definitely rank Kauri Cliffs among my top 3, along with Cape Wickham and Tara Iti. A lodge for everyone. It is very fair but not without challenge due to the size of the greens and the wind likely comes into play quite often. I lived here for 7 years and played here quite often. Respond to above review  You are most welcome to bring your own clubs, shoes and golf balls. The rough which skirted the fairways were 5 centimetres in length, wide and strong-bladed, and dense-like Bentgrass. 0 people found this review helpful The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,139 yards / 6,528 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. The golf course was designed by the late American architect David Harman, who doesn't have any other notable courses to his name. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked #80 in the world on the Golf Magazine World Top 100 list so you’ll get an idea of just how good it is. Kauri Cliffs has the routing and feel of a very good resort golf course. An important decision for the golfer at the outset of his or her day is to select an appropriate set of tees from which to play. Kauri Cliffs would have done for David Harman what Pacific Dunes did for Tom Doak’s career, which is to say that it would have propelled him to many other exciting projects. 0 people found this review helpful Respond to above review  The course provides a thoughtful routing with about 50% of the holes taking place on the cliff tops, hence the name. In front is often a steep wall topped with long grass. He was an excellent reader of the greens. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge form a string of luxurious destinations spanning the length of New Zealand, each distinct and authentic to the region they inhabit. The New course at Grand Cypress is a fun round of golf. As I said, it feels like a very good resort golf course of which they are not many. Other notable changes were the addition of tees on the 2nd and 9th holes and a bunker renovation on the 4th hole. Kauri Cliffs can provide premium rental equipment including golf shoes, as well as apparel and accessories. Golfers may choose the walk the golf course, use a trundler/pullcart, one of our ClubCar Precedent golf carts, or utilize the services of a caddie or forecaddie. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards / 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. 2 people found this review helpful Food very very good. When you do head for Kauri Cliffs, and most golf travelers do, take this piece of solid advice and stay with Richard at Stonestore Lodge. The first four holes feed down the hill as you make your way close to the cliffs. Coming to play at Kauri Cliffs? Everything you need to know about golfing at Kauri Cliffs. Robertson Lodges is one of the top providers of luxury accommodation in New Zealand offering a trio of stunning landscapes. As course designer David Harman pointed out “at Kauri Cliffs, there are 4,500 acres; I see a couple of hundred golf holes. Billionaire Julian Robertson purchased an old cattle ranch, and employed David Harmon to design his course which opened in 2000. Respond to above review  Respond to above review  The front nine lacks the eye candy of Kauri Cliffs, but the back nine, especially the holes running along the promontory of cliffs, is truly spectacular. And that is the backdrop to Kauri Cliffs, making it a gorgeous place to stay and play golf. The routing has the front nine on one side and the back nine on the other. The scenery is really quite fantastic and the overall experience is a truly great one. 1 person found this review helpful Oh and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Kauri Cliffs but expect a resort course with out of this world views. All Rights Reserved. Kauri Cliffs is situated on 4,000 acres of rolling coastal farmland, and the Golf Course was constructed to harmonise and blend with natural features of the land. I begin with my simple conclusion of Kauri Cliffs: this place doesn't suck! This is a scenic drive through the “real” New Zealand, with a local driver that can tell you about the area’s rich history and lucrative agriculture business. It was my better playing experience in NZ because finally, the wind would not blow my 100 kg away like it did literally at Paraparaumu and for 11 holes at Kidnappers. It rained during most of our round as well, interrupted by brief periods of overcast skies. We had a lot of rain at Kauri Cliffs even after waiting out a three hour rain delay in order to start, which meant I could only play one round on the golf course. Built on 6000 acres and ranked #37 globally by Golf Digest, this remote course on the North Island is one of the most beautiful in the world.Situated on rolling terrain high above the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Kauri Cliffs has the ability to challenge players of all skill levels. The course runs through 800 acres of fern forest, marshland and cliff tops on one of the most dramatic pieces of land I've ever seen. Views aside, I don't know what designer David Harman was thinking when he designed Kauri Cliffs. © 2017 Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, Northland. PGA Tour star Brandt Snedeker called it "Pebble Beach on steroids". The greens are all the appropriate size for the longer holes versus the shorter holes. •  Golf course will be closed every Tues. & Wed. with the following exceptions: •  Open for play Wed. 11 Nov. & Tues. 17 Nov. 2020. Right from the beginning we knew we had a special piece of property. ALL METAL SPIKED golf shoes are prohibited. The crisscross patterns on the fairways, and the purity of the putting surfaces are ample evidence of the effort made to keep this facility in A1 condition. The twin jewels in Kauri Cliffs' crown are golf and the spa, both of which are state of the art. Kauri Cliffs Golf Course Course Opened - 2000 Designer - David Harman Pictures by David Scaletti The north-eastern section of the North Island was the birthplace of the New Zealand nation, and is a region of rare unspoilt natural beauty with a striking subtropical coastline dotted with gorgeous islands and secluded coves and bays. We were able to get a glimpse of these views more on the back nine and they are stunning, much better than at Cape Kidnappers. Guest also enjoy an infinity pool with a spa pool, a fitness center, a day spa and an onsite restaurant. Kauri Cliffs is very worthwhile to play, and if I went back I would be sure to play it twice the same day (should take no more than 3 hours each round if in a cart). See other reviews from Chris Croker. Unlike other resort courses, it does not get much play, possibly as few as twenty rounds a week. I recommend if you are in the area that you play here and try to play twice in the same day as it will be worth it. Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. Once in a November for 64 net, and once in a May for 67 net. Basically you go down, level off a bit, and then come back up to finish each nine. Interesting review Clive, must have been a very strange day as I've never heard anyone describe the course like that. Richard’s place is a very unique B&B surrounded by nature and even though we were there on Feb 14 arriving late we were able to eat within a short walk of his place in the best restaurant we visited on the trip. Behind is a cliff and to the sides are other bunkers. Grandover East course is pretty much what one would expect of resort golf. They seemed indifferent when I informed them politely that I didn't work for the course. 1 person found this review helpful They are all good, from the first hole a slight downhill par 4 with a very large green, and the seventh, a long uphill par 3 over a chasm, the 12th which is a flat par 3 of 180 yards over wetlands to a slightly raised green, and 14-17. Played on March 23, 2018, as the final course of a AUS/NZ trip. The back tees are just over 7100 yards and when possible I walked back to them to have a look at the tee shots required. The course itself is quite entertaining, and has enough interest to make you want to return. These are spectacular as well in my opinion. Balls on the edge of the fairway can be difficult to find and play. John Sabino is the author of How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs, Respond to above review  The freshly-sanded greens were 14+ Stimp rating and hard. Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. The range of clothing and equipment features brands such as: Fairway-Greene, Polo, Adidas, Nike, Peter Millar, Cross, Tolaga Bay, Imperial Headwear, and Titleist. 17 Dec. – Wed. 23 Dec. 2020 (closed 24, 25, 26 Dec. 2020). The greens were fast and hard, but I appreciated that. On the practice range it was clear that it would be tough for a drive to stay on the fairway, let alone a pitch to stay on the greens. The Bay of Islands, near Kerikeri on the north island in New Zealand is one of the most spectacular vistas to be found anywhere in the world. When I arrived, the friendly staff friendly pointed me in the direction of the carpark and told me where to find the proshop. Our staff can schedule a car and driver to collect you at the ship and deliver you to our doorstep. One Caddie for 3 or 4 Golfers (per player). Kauri Cliffs Golf Course is located in the Bay of Islands region, an easy drive or just a 45-minute flight from Auckland. The golf course was designed by Dave Harman of Golf Consultants, Orlando, Florida, USA. Got to play Kauri Cliffs through Perry golf tour. I would have been content pulling up a chair and just sitting there all day looking out at the water. Final round in NZ for the time being. Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. You can also relax in the sauna or hot tub. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,139 yards / 6,528 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. According to the assistant pro, the greens are typically pretty speedy and a little larger than other greens but are adequately defended with good bunkering and undulations. I guess these two are only there to bring you back to the club house. Touring golfers visiting New Zealand will certainly want to play both Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs, so comparisons will always be drawn. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked #37 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World. The natural beauty is just astounding throughout, so our real goal was to create a very special golf course that people from all over the world will recommend and enjoy. Also at the same time we wanted to maintain Kauri Cliffs as a working farm, which it is; it's 4,000 acres, and the course is actually a small part of that. Kauri Cliffs recently underwent a renovation from world renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. Kauri Cliffs GC is a par 72 golf course measuring 7,119 yards offering magnificent views of the virgin New Zealand Pacific Coast. North Island was fine, starting with a slight sea breeze, which made some approaches interesting on cliff! 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