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Golf: Coming To Kiwiland - Part 1

Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

As an ex-pat Scot who’s lived and played golf in New Zealand for 39 years and tried hard to become a Kiwi. My golf mates are still calling me a “Bloody Scotsman!”

And so what follows over the next few weeks is a not-a-Kiwi, objective look at golf in New Zealand.
I’m off “home” for a month so I thought I’d get my mate Matt to do the postings for me while I’m away.

Since I love my “second home”, I thought I’d share my thoughts and perhaps persuade golfers from all over the world to just do it. Come to Godzone for great golf, fabulous scenery and to experience, “A Simpler Place in Time”.
And to quote Arnold Palmer from a book of the same name, “Golf is fun – and nowhere else in the world are you likely to find such a variety of courses as in New Zealand, a beautiful country down there in the South Pacific Ocean.”

Top 20 Golf Courses in New Zealand – Yeah Right!

For readers from overseas I present an overview of some good golf courses in New Zealand. And for the Kiwis a bit of debatable data - “The Top 20 Golf Courses in New Zealand.”
I’m of the opinion Jack’s Point should be number one. For reasons I’ll explain in a later post.
Also, Paraparaumu and Muriwai should be more highly ranked.
Ooops! I’ve just lost my “Not-a-Kiwi” objectivity due to my passion for links-style golf courses.

The “Top 20” are scattered around New Zealand however I have chosen to present my choice of golf courses in a geographical sequence for those people not familiar with New Zealand’s geography. Starting with Kauri Cliffs in the Far North of the North Island to Dunedin’s Chisholm Park in the south of the South Island.

View top New Zealand golf courses

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