New Lynn, Waitakere, Auckland 0640
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and residential.
Dr Alister MacKenzie redesigned the course (1926), which remains largely the same to this day.
12 km SW of Auckland centre
From Auckland centre travel west on Hwy 16 for approx 5 km, and take exit Great North Road, direction New Lynn. After 1.6 km bear left into Blockhouse Bay Road (Route 11). After 3.6 km turn right into Bolton Street. After 1 km turn right into Portage Road. After 150 metres turn left into Links Road. After 100 metres golf is on your left.
Titirangi Golf Club: With the honour of being the only Alister MacKenzie design in New Zealand, you'd expect something special at Titirangi, and you won't be disappointed. The great man's philosophy, "retain the environment's natural beauty, utilise its natural hazards and minimise artificiality," is certainly clear to see.
This superbly crafted layout not only conforms to type, but also (in keeping with MacKenzie designs) doesn't reveal all its secrets at a first acquaintance - so don't expect to beat your handicap on a first, or perhaps subsequent visit. Two shortish opening par-4s may look tempting enough, but things get more challenging thereafter, especially as you cross over Golf Road to the longer par-4 3rd and wonderful downhill par-3 4th.
Although located in a busy Auckland suburb, the course maintains a very natural feel, with predominantly tree-lined holes, interspersed with others that exude a more open, almost links-like character. Titirangi's recent bunker restoration programme, in keeping with the original design, has given a wonderfully challenging edge to the holes and created a handsomely attractive appearance throughout. There is plenty of elevation change along the way, while water puts in one or two telling appearances, as at the downhill, doglegging par-4 8th.
Our pick of the holes is the par-3 11th (Redan), not overly long, but one from MacKenzie's top-drawer. Although there is not too much to look at beyond the course, this iconic Auckland layout is up there with the best, guaranteed to keep discerning golfers coming back time and again.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.
Titirangi has hosted the New Zealand Open on multiple occasions (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Titirangi).
On each of the impressive log-like tee-box markers, some of the golfing greats impart their wisdom. At the 9th, Jack Nicklaus advises us to "learn to manage the game's two main adversaries - the course and yourself". The Maori word "Titirangi" means "long streaks of cloud in the sky", and is sometimes said to mean "fringe of heaven."
Titirangi is the only Alister MacKenzie designed golf course in New Zealand. Its signature par-3 11th is called "Redan," a type of hole most commonly associated with golf architect Charles B. Macdonald. The term "Redan" is taken from a type of military fortification. According to Macdonald's oft-quoted description: "take a narrow tableland, tilt it a little from right to left, dig a deep bunker on the front side, approach it diagonally and you have a Redan". The original "Redan" is the 15th hole on the West Links of North Berwick.
2020 NZ Golf Digest rating: 13th best course in New Zealand.
3162 Great North Road, New Lynn, Auckland
+64 (0)9 827 2013Visit website
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