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.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Wolveridge, Mike

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

Mike Wolveridge

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

Original design by Joe Clements (1928). Various people have added later improvements.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Various

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

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

2-star: Reasonably okay course - if better courses not available.
(Closed in 2018)
Christchurch
Unknown

Visitors?

(Closed in 2018)

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

Unknown

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

Visitors?

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
Christchurch
Blank, Ray

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

Albert Raymond "Ray" Blank.

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

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-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
Dunedin
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Dunedin

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

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

Visitors?

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.

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dunedin

Designer

Unknown

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Invercargill

Designer

Unknown

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
(Closed in 2018)
Invercargill
Turner, Greg

Visitors?

(Closed in 2018)

Nearest city

Invercargill

Designer

Recent improvements and four new holes laid out Greg Turner and Scott Macpherson.

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kaikoura

Designer

Unknown

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

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Visitors welcome

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Nelson

Designer

Since 1905 the layout has continually evolved on its present site.

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Remarkables course: original design by John Darby & Bob Charles (1992); redesign of Arrow-nine closing holes by Greg Turner & Scott Macpherson (2009).
Coronet course: first nine designed by Scott Macpherson & Greg Turner (2010); extended to 18 holes by Scott Macpherson & Grant Turner (2021).

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Not a Jack Nicklaus design (as many suppose), but another excellent design from New Zealander, John Darby.

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

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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.

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

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Visitors welcome

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Queenstown

Designer

First nine holes at this location laid out by members in the 1930s. Second nine added in 1967.

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

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
On application
Queenstown
Darby, John

Visitors?

On application

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

John Darby

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Unknown

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Cromwell's original 9-hole course redesigned by Albert Raymond "Ray" Blank (1953). Second-nine (now holes 1 thru' 9) designed by B.V. Wright (1974).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Queenstown
Turner & Macpherson

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Remarkables course: original design by John Darby & Bob Charles (1992); redesign of Arrow-nine closing holes by Greg Turner & Scott Macpherson (2009).
Coronet course: first nine designed by Scott Macpherson & Greg Turner (2010); extended to 18 holes by Scott Macpherson & Grant Turner (2021).

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