Top 10 New Zealand courses

Top 10 New Zealand courses

Golf architecture buff Phil Hamilton rates his top-10 New Zealand courses. New Zealand has among the most golf courses per capita in the world but until recently the quality of those courses, apart from a couple of notable exceptions, was pretty ropey. However, over...
Tara Iti debuts at No 29

Tara Iti debuts at No 29

Tara Iti golf course north of Auckland has leapt in to superstardom after the course made its debut at No 29 on the influential Golf magazine’s prestigious list of the world’s top 100 courses. Tara Iti, designed by noted American architect Tom Doak, is a...
Links golf: what are the rules?

Links golf: what are the rules?

How many “true” links courses do we have in New Zealand? Michael Donaldson investigates. We’ve all heard it – someone talking about “hitting the links” when they simply mean they’re going out to play golf. The term “links” is one of the most misunderstood...
Surprise ratings from  Doak

Surprise ratings from Doak

Little-known Waverley and Arrowtown are the big winners in legendary architect Tom Doak’s latest guide to New Zealand golf courses writes Phil Hamilton. The straight-talking American architect, who designed modern masterpieces Tara Iti, Cape Kidnappers and...
Heavenly hit at Titirangi

Heavenly hit at Titirangi

When I returned to New Zealand after 10 years in Australia we decided to live in Ponsonby because it was so central but when my wife “discovered” Titirangi I knew that’s where we’d end up. We’d been in Ponsonby for six months when we...