So, you’ve done the Scotland ‘Origin of Golf’ experience and feel that you have been to golf Valhalla. Well we suggest a similar experience at ….literally …the other end of the world. This one is in the Southern Hemisphere ( summer golf in U.S. wintertime) …in New Zealand …North Island …Hawke’s Bay …Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. …Yes really “Cape Kidnappers” …great name.
Its located on the cliffs over the Pacific Ocean next to a New Zealand cattle and sheep farm. The Cape Kidnappers unique experience starts when you drive in the gate. There is still a 6 mile drive (yes that is correct) to the clubhouse. You will pass through a pine plantation …a working cattle farm …and of course sheep abound …it is New Zealand …you cross streams and travel a road cut from sheer faced cliffs. Yes you are going to a golf course unique in the world.
Casualmere® Eco-clothing found this course to tell you about because it is a partner with the Audubon Society’s …ACSP green golf effort. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf courses is an education and certification program that helps golf courses protect the environment while preserving the natural heritage of golf. This Audubon program helps enhance valuable natural wildlife areas and habitats at golf courses …and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations ...a great idea and program.
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Cape Kidnappers Golf Course combines a series of inland holes and the stunning, unforgettable cliff-top holes. One cliff-top hole is the 15th hole, known as the Pirates Plank. From the tee to the green the fairway becomes progressively narrower until you reach the green where it is barely 60 feet across. On one side lies a sheer cliff into the Pacific Ocean.
Similar to the Scotland links courses wind is always a factor at Cape Kidnappers. You will be amazed by the Gannet bird colonies constantly sailing the wind over the cliffs.
This par 72 course was designed in 2002 by Tom Doak, and great attention is given to the golf course conditioning as well as the five star service in the clubhouse …designed to resemble a sheep shearing shed …ensure you another golf experience of a lifetime.
Designer Tom Doak – “Our goal in designing golf courses is to create interesting holes you wouldn’t find anywhere else. That wasn’t hard to do at Cape Kidnappers, because the site is not like anywhere else in golf. If it were any bigger or any more dramatic, it would probably be cordoned off as a national park. It’s an overwhelming experience to stand up on the cliffs, 450 feet above sea level, and look out across the waves far below in Hawke’s Bay.”
Cape Kidnappers is not true links terrain, with the wrinkles of sand dunes; instead the land tilts toward the sea as a series of ridges jutting out toward the edge of the cliffs. This is is seaside golf at its finest… firm and fast.
Article Photos from: Golf Select.com.au
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