Harewood: intelligent design

Harewood: intelligent design

Harewood is a great advertisement for intelligent golf course renovations, something sadly too rare in New Zealand writes Phil Hamilton. From the road the course doesn’t look too promising as the land is as flat as Christchurch Airport, which it borders, while...
Black-sand beauty at Muriwai

Black-sand beauty at Muriwai

The first tee at Muriwai Golf Club offers one of the best opening hole vistas in New Zealand – and it just gets better from there. The links layout butts up against the famous surf beach on Auckland’s West Coast – it’s so close to the beach that the Muriwai Surf Life...
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...