Best golf courses: NZ - North Island

NZ - North Island: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Unknown

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Whangarei

Designer

Layout designed by club members. First nine in 1974; extended to 18-holes in 1977.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Wellington
Pitman, Chris

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Wellington

Designer

Original designer of layout on present site unknown. Full redesign by Chris Pitman (2012).

2-star: Reasonably okay course - if better courses not available.
Visitors welcome
Hamilton
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Hamilton

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Unknown
5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!
Visitors welcome
Hastings / Napier
Doak, Tom

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hastings / Napier

Designer

Tom Doak

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Dye, Matt

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Visitors welcome

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Whangarei

Designer

Matt Dye
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Auckland
Charles, Bob

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Auckland

Designer

Bob Charles
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Hamilton
Gillies & Duncan

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Hamilton

Designer

Current course laid out by H.T. Gillies and Arthur Duncan (1913).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Hastings / Napier
Unknown

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Hastings / Napier

Designer

Unknown

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Hastings / Napier
Harris, John

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Visitors welcome

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Hastings / Napier

Designer

Commander John Harris
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Wardell, Goldie

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Whangarei

Designer

Goldie Wardell
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Harman, David

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Visitors welcome

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Whangarei

Designer

David Harman

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Taupo
Nicklaus, Jack

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Taupo

Designer

A Jack Nicklaus signature design.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Auckland
Puddicombe, Sid

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Sid Puddicombe Associates
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Tauranga
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Tauranga

Designer

Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palmerston North
Unknown

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Palmerston North

Designer

Unknown
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Palmerston North
Redhead, C.H.

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Visitors welcome

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Palmerston North

Designer

Original design by C.H. Redhead, an Irish engineer (1928). Further improvements by H.G.Babbage (1955).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Dale, Harry

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Visitors welcome

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Whangarei

Designer

Harry Dale
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Wellington
Unknown

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Wellington

Designer

Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Tauranga
Redhead & Dale

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Visitors welcome

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Tauranga

Designer

C.H. Redhead & H.P. Dale
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Hastings / Napier
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Hastings / Napier

Designer

Unknown
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
New Plymouth
Redhead, C.H.

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Visitors welcome

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New Plymouth

Designer

Existing layout designed by C.H. Redhead in 1933.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Hamilton
Unknown

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Hamilton

Designer

Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Tauranga
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Tauranga

Designer

Unknown
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Wellington
Russell, Alex

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Wellington

Designer

Current design by Alex Russell (1949).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Hastings / Napier
Unknown

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Hastings / Napier

Designer

Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Tauranga
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Tauranga

Designer

Unknown
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
On application
Wellington
Unknown

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On application

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Wellington

Designer

The current layout dates from 1972.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

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Whangarei

Designer

Unknown
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Whangarei
Doak, Tom

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Whangarei

Designer

Tom Doak

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Taupo
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Taupo

Designer

Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Taupo
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Taupo

Designer

The Centennial course dates from 1973; the Tauhara course from 1931.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Tauranga
Rutter, Fred

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Visitors welcome

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Tauranga

Designer

Original design by Fred Rutter (1914), with later significant changes made over the years. Recent improvements by Alex Glasgow (1994) and Jeff Asche (2002).
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Taupo
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Taupo

Designer

Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Babbage, H.G.

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Visitors welcome

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Whangarei

Designer

H.G. Babbage designed the layout when the Club moved to its current location in 1966.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Taupo
Harris, John

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Taupo

Designer

Collaborative design by Cmdr John Harris, Mike Wolveridge and Peter Thomson.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Whangarei

Designer

Unknown
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Hamilton
Redhead, Babbage & Dale

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hamilton

Designer

Harold Babbage, C.H. Redhead & H.P. Dale.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Wanganui
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Wanganui

Designer

Unknown

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Wanganui
Southernden, Ernie

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Wanganui

Designer

Professional golfer Ernie Southernden from Napier laid out the course at this location (1965).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Tauranga
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Tauranga

Designer

Unknown
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Whangarei

Designer

Unknown

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