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Putting the links together on Kapiti Coast

Putting the links together on Kapiti Coast

With Covid-19 destroying all the best-laid plans, overseas links golf is on a hiatus for the next year or so. There will be no trips to Britain or Tasmania or Oregon to feast on a diet of links courses.
But there is a good option for those with a hankering to watch the ball scamper along the ground in the original and best form of the game – our own Kapiti Coast.

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18 in the 09

18 in the 09

Michael Donaldson explores options for double-up days of Auckland golf. Auckland’s sprawling mass of land, narrowed and pinched  by harbours, rivers and inlets and entangled with motorways – as a result it’s not the easiest place in the world to get around. So,...

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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...

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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 terms in...

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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 Pacific...

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Front Nine : Unspoiled Walks

Front Nine : Unspoiled Walks

Michael Donaldson grabs his irons and explores a selection of New Zealand's best unspoiled walks New Zealand is blessed with some magical and unique golf courses – but there are some experiences that fill the senses and defy the adage that golf is a good walk spoiled....

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Feel like a millionaire at Tara Iti

Feel like a millionaire at Tara Iti

It is invite only, has a six-figure membership fee and a strict 'no assholes' policy. Michael Donaldson takes a look around Tara Iti, which is destined to become New Zealand's premiere golfing paradise. Forget about how the other half live, this is how the "one per...

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Letting in the nothingness

Letting in the nothingness

Michael Donaldson takes a trip to Australia’s golfing mecca. Two golf courses. Four days. Eight rounds. Innumerable lost balls. Some blisters. Umpteen wallabies. Just one snake. We’re going to Tasmania, we said, it’s a bit like New Zealand, there are no snakes....

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