Published on : Thursday, December 28, 2017
New Zealand is blessed with an enormous quantity of golf, currently sitting right at 400 courses. Along with quantity we have quality with world class courses that regularly feature in global top 100 lists. Beyond the pristine fairways of Kauri Cliffs and the jaw dropping landscape of Cape Kidnappers there are some hidden gems scattered across New Zealand that bring with them a unique blend of quirky and rustic.
New Zealand’s country courses are like nothing else in the world typically characterized by a lack of paid staff, with labour often carried out by passionate memberships who pour precious time into their local track. Since costly equipment isn’t available, sheep typically act as mowers, with additional support coming from local farmers and their heavy equipment and agricultural expertise.
Green fees are collected in cash by honesty box, with guest books for players to sign in before their round. Some of these courses feature as few as six greens with most falling into the 9 to 12 green category with enough tee boxes to ensure an 18 hole round is available.
Hazards exist in their traditional golf form, but additional obstacles can often be found from farm fences running right through the middle of a fairway, small electric fences around greens, and often sheep dung dotting the property.
Forget the golf cart make sure you pack your own lunch and be prepared to carry your own bag. Dress up if you like but dress codes don’t exist here nor do tee times or starter’s boxes, Te Pohue Golf Club in the Hawkes Bay only charges 10 dollars for 18 holes.