Top 25 golf courses in New Zealand: 2010 list

“What? Hang on, this is an Australian golf website? Isn’t this the team that beat us all the time at rugby?”

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UPDATED: Read the 2014 list of the top 25 golf courses in New Zealand.

Our siblings across the Tasman live in a little oasis of their own surrounded but some incredible golf courses. It only takes three hours from Sydney and you could be on your way to playing some of these great golf courses.

NZPGA Golf Professional Andrew Whiley from Dunedin has compiled a Top 25 New Zealand Golf Course Ranking for 2010.  Whiley believes this ranking is the most extensive ranking of New Zealand golf courses undertaken.  With 35 respondents from NZPGA Golf Professionals, Tour Professionals, Golf Travel operators to one of New Zealand’s leading Golf Course Architects, this is a true overall ranking of New Zealand golf courses from New Zealand industry leaders. A requirement was that the respondents had to have either played or walked over the golf courses they were ranking.

The list is fascinating. Most golfers will have heard of Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs but I’m embarrassingly ignorant of the rest on the list. If the Wallabies win tomorrow night, I’ll vow to play Jacks Point by the end of the year. Who am I kidding? I might just play it anyway.

The first 10 are listed below but the 25 top golf courses of New Zealand are listed at Golf Rankings NZ with an interactive map for each region.

#1     Wairakei Golf Course | Taupo
#2     Kauri Cliffs Golf Course | Kerikeri
#3     Kinloch Golf Club | Taupo
#4     Cape Kidnappers Golf Course | Havelock North
#5     Paraparaumu Golf Club | Paraparaumu Beach
#6     Jacks Point Golf Course | Queenstown
#7     The Hills | Arrowtown
#8     Titirangi Golf Club | Auckland
#9     Auckland Golf Club | Auckland
#10   Wellington Golf Club | Upper Hutt

Hat tip to Golf Industry Central.

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3 thoughts on “Top 25 golf courses in New Zealand: 2010 list

  • September 10, 2010 at 05:19

    Wairakei as voted as rudest by me. The very rude lady who answered the phone in Jan ’09 will forever be known as ‘the wicked gatekeeper’!!
    That cost them a lot of $NZ!!
    Friendliest pro was at Kinloch.
    Also, tip my hat to the friendly golfing chef at Carrington Resort.
    Best experience was at Cape Kidnappers.
    Hope this helps future golf tourists.
    Also, c’mon NZ, drop the higher green fees for non-NZer’s, very unfriendly gesture, we don’t charge you extra here, so fix plz (except for the Chappell’s hehehehe)

  • September 10, 2010 at 05:59

    Actually, many Australian courses do have much higher green fees for international visitors. Especially the higher ranked ones. Disgraceful but a money maker for sure.

  • September 10, 2010 at 10:52

    You get better tax rate than us. You can afford the extra. haha.


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