Best golf courses: NZ - South Island

NZ - South 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.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Queenstown
Romans & Wright

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Original nine (1936) laid out by Reg Romans and B.V. Wright. Second-nine (1971) designed by B.V. Wright.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Dunedin
Evans, John

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dunedin

Designer

Current layout the result of extensive remodelling by John Evans (designer) in collaboration with John Humphries (course superintendent) in the 1980s.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Various

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Visitors welcome

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Christchurch

Designer

Present site established in 1900; course designer unknown. Recent improvements by Peter Thomson.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Darby, John

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

John Darby in consultation with Bob Charles.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Queenstown
Blank & Wright

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Cromwell's original 9-hole course redesigned by A.R. Blank (1953). Second-nine (now holes 1 thru' 9) designed by B.V. Wright (1974).
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Nelson
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nelson

Designer

Current course location dates back to 1959, with the full 18-hole layout opening for play in 1966.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Queenstown
Darby, John

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Visitors welcome

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Queenstown

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

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Invercargill

Designer

Unknown
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Queenstown
Darby, John

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Contrary to some rumours, Jack's Point is not a Jack Nicklaus design, but another stunning design from New Zealander, John Darby.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Kaikoura
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Kaikoura

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

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Christchurch

Designer

Unknown
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Queenstown
Charles & Turner

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Visitors welcome

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Queenstown

Designer

Original design by Bob Charles. Redesign of closing holes of Arrow-nine and design of the Coronet-nine, Greg Turner (2009).

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nelson

Designer

Since 1905 the layout has continually evolved on its present site.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Dunedin
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Dunedin

Designer

Unknown
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Dunedin
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Dunedin

Designer

Unknown
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Kerr, Kristine

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Visitors welcome

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Christchurch

Designer

Kristine Kerr
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Queenstown
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Queenstown

Designer

Unknown

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Clements, Joe

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Visitors welcome

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Christchurch

Designer

Original design by Joe Clements (1928). Various people have added later improvements.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
(Closed in 2018)
Invercargill
Turner, Greg

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(Closed in 2018)

Nearest city

Invercargill

Designer

Recent improvements and four new holes laid out Greg Turner and Scott Macpherson.
2-star: Reasonably okay course - if better courses not available.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Christchurch

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

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Dunedin

Designer

Unknown

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

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Visitors welcome

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Queenstown

Designer

Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Cox, David

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

David Cox in consultation with Canadian designer, Sid Puddicombe.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Wolveridge, Mike

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

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Christchurch

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Unknown

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