Best golf courses: New Zealand

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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

Visitors?

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
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hamilton

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hastings / Napier

Designer

Tom Doak

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Whangarei

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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

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
Queenstown
Blank & Wright

Visitors?

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Bob Charles

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Merged in 2007)
Auckland
Unknown

Visitors?

(Merged in 2007)

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Unknown

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

Visitors?

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
Auckland
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hastings / Napier

Designer

Unknown

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hastings / Napier

Designer

Commander John Harris
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Queenstown
Darby, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

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

Visitors?

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kaikoura

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Whangarei

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Whangarei

Designer

David Harman

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Taupo

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Tauranga

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palmerston North

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Whangarei

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Wellington

Designer

Unknown
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2015)
Auckland
Various

Visitors?

(Closed in 2015)

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Recent alterations designed by Greg Turner (1998) and Chris Pitman (2006).

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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
Tauranga
Redhead & Dale

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Tauranga

Designer

C.H. Redhead & H.P. Dale
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Auckland
Bourke, Glasgow & Sim

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

John Bourke, Alex Glasgow & Malcolm Sim

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hastings / Napier

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Nelson

Designer

Since 1905 the layout has continually evolved on its present site.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
New Plymouth
Redhead, C.H.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hamilton

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dunedin

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Unknown

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Tauranga

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dunedin

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Wellington

Designer

Current design by Alex Russell (1949).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Kerr, Kristine

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hastings / Napier

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Unknown

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Unknown

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Auckland
Babbage, Harold

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Original course dates from 1934. Current layout resulted from a significant redesign by Harold Babbage (1968).

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Tauranga

Designer

Unknown
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
On application
Auckland
Hood & Souter

Visitors?

On application

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Original design at this location was by the club's professional Fred Hood, with bunkering advised by D.G. Souter. Significant subsequent alterations were made by English course architect C.H. Redhead (1924), Peter Thomson (1975, 1989, 2002) and Mike Wolveridge (1984). RAGCC's new 27-hole course was designed by Nicklaus Design.

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

Visitors?

On application

Nearest city

Wellington

Designer

The current layout dates from 1972.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Christchurch
Clements, Joe

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

Original design by Joe Clements (1928). Various people have added later improvements.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Whangarei
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Whangarei

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dunedin

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Taupo

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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
Queenstown
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

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

Visitors?

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

Mike Wolveridge
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Auckland
MacKenzie, Dr Alister

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Dr Alister MacKenzie redesigned the course (1926), which remains largely the same to this day.

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Taupo

Designer

Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Auckland
Puddicombe, Grant

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Canadian course architect Grant Puddicombe of Puddicombe Golf.

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Whangarei

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Christchurch

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Hamilton

Designer

Harold Babbage, C.H. Redhead & H.P. Dale.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Queenstown
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Queenstown

Designer

Unknown

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Wanganui

Designer

Unknown

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

Visitors?

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Tauranga

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Whangarei

Designer

Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Auckland
Eccles, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Jack Eccles and the original Whitford Park Development Committee laid out the course.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Auckland
Thomson, Brett

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Auckland

Designer

Brett Thomson (of RBT Design) in collaboration with course consultant Phil Tataurangi.

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