Matarangi Drive, Matarangi RD2,
Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula 3592
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Seaside and residential.
180 km W of Auckland
From Auckland Harbour Bridge travel south on Hwy 1 for approx 50 km, then take exit 477 onto Hwy 2 direction Coromandel Peninsula. After 32 km turn left onto Hwy 25 direction Thames / Coromandel Peninsula. After 24 km turn left (and stay on Hwy 25) direction Coromandel Town. After 55 km turn right direction Whitianga (still on Hwy 25). After 21 km (of very twisting roads) turn left direction Matarangi. After 1 km enter Matarangi Resort. After 3 km golf is on your left.
The Dunes Golf Resort: The beachfront development of Matarangi boasts a somewhat schizophrenic championship golf course. The front-nine starts with two very good, tight tree-lined par-4s, and then transcends into something rather American in character. The more natural back-nine is what gives the course its pizzazz.
The outward holes weave their way between relatively new housing, while water hazards threaten on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th holes. On the 4th and 5th holes there is the possibility of momentarily halting your game should light aircraft be landing or taking-off from the adjacent grass-strip runway.
The back-nine is dramatically different, and thankfully will stay that way. Located at the far-end of a sand spit, it comprises several excellent holes in a compact and natural area of tall pine trees. Here you'll enjoy wonderful views into the Matarangi inlet and Whangapoua Harbour, and onto the Pacific Ocean. The view and surroundings at the 11th tee is a real touch of paradise.
Throughout, the fairways are well maintained and the bunkering not overdone, although you may find the greens a tad on the slow side.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Worth booking ahead to ensure tee-time availability, especially at weekends.
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.
A plaque at the 2nd tee reminds us that the course is dedicated to greenkeeper Peter Moore-Jones and his assistant Peter Ansin who constructed this layout, but both tragically died in a helicopter accident in 1994.
Matarangi Drive, Matarangi, RD2 Whitianga
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The Dunes - Matarangi
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