For many countries the winter months means time to pack away your golf clubs and take a break from the beautiful game but not here in New Zealand and especially in the North Island. The mild winter months mean that golf is possible all year round and Auckland’s best golf courses are kept in immaculate condition. We know that golf is a huge attraction for both overseas visitors and Kiwis and one of the big benefits of playing winter golf is the cost – from 1 May, most of these exclusive courses reduce their green fees meaning you get to play some of New Zealand’s best golf courses at a fraction of the price – pretty good hey?
Autumn’s golfing weather
This year, May has been a particularly great month to get out on the golf course with the sun shining down on Auckland. The only noticeable difference between autumn and the summer has been the darker nights but for those golfing enthusiasts, it’s been perfect weather for getting out and taking advantage of the off-season rates.
Here are our top 5 golf course in Auckland – let us know what you think and if we’ve missed any off the list:
Titirangi Golf Club
This is a definite jewel in Auckland’s golfing crown and is the only Alistair McKenzie designed course in New Zealand which is sure to get the golfing purists drooling (McKenzie was also the designer of the world famous Augusta Course, home to the US Masters). Despite being one of New Zealand’s best courses, it is also one of the most welcoming with visitors from across the world welcomed as if they were playing their home course.
Find out more about the course and details on green fees on the Titirangi Golf Club website.
Akarana Golf Club
Located in close proximity to the city centre in the leafy suburb of Mt Roskill, Akarana is a little gem tucked away on a relatively small piece of land in the bustling inner west of the city. What it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in difficulty with tight fairways and small greens which are all well protected by well-placed bunkers. Home to some of New Zealand’s biggest golf tournaments, Akarana is a great challenge for any golfer and at only $70 for visiting golfers, represents a bargain at this time of year.
For more information about the courses and green fees, visit the Akarana Golf Club website.
Gulf Harbour Country Club
Situated under an hour’s drive north of downtown Auckland, this little gem is one not to be missed on any trip to Auckland. It’s well worth hiring a car from the airport if you’re only flying into Auckland to do some golfing as this place is one of the most spectacular courses in Auckland. The front nine meanders through fairly open native grasslands before the final three holes on the nine are played around a stunning lake with the short par 4 7th offering up a risk and reward opportunities for golfer to drive the green or contribute another ball to the lake. The back nine is where the course comes to life. Reaching the 12th tee, you are afforded spectacular views back towards the city skyline before hitting the final three holes which hog the cliff tops with 360° panoramic views including Shakespeare Regional Park. Off-season green fees of just $95 for non-affiliates make this a must-play course on any trip to Auckland.
For more information and details about green fees, visit the Gulf Harbour Country Club website.
Muriwai Golf Club
If you are looking to mix it up a bit and fancy a bit of links golf on your trip to Auckland then Muriwai is the place to head. The course remains dry throughout the winter months making it an attractive option for visitors and those who may be suffering from wet course in Auckland. The course offers up breath taking views of Auckland’s rugged west coast and the view on the course doesn’t disappoint either. With super-fast greens and the pot bunkers which make links course so distinguishable, this is a challenge for any golfer, especially when the wind gets up! With winter green fee rates for non-affiliate visitors of just $55 during the week and $70 on the weekend, this is a great option for some winter golf.
For more information about the course and green fees, visit the Muriwai Golf Club website.
Remuera Golf Club
Another course with a reputation for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Remuera is a woodland course situated within close proximity to Auckland CBD. The par 72 championship course has played host to a number of high profile golf tournaments in New Zealand including pro-ams. The course is in a constant state of growth, striving for perfection with the addition of new tees and greens to keep the course in tip top condition. A great challenge for all golfer, Remuera is a great place to tee it up with green fees coming in at $100 for non-affiliates which is not too shabby at all.
For more information about the course and green fees, please visit the Remuera Golf Club website.
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If you are thinking of heading further afield and want to play some winter golf in the North Island, we have one place that never fails to keep us coming back – it’s not cheap but it is worth it if you’re a true golfing nut!
This is one of New Zealand’s premier golf courses, regularly topping the list of top 100 courses in New Zealand and recently coming in 49th in the World’s Best Golf Courses ranked by Golf Digest. A pretty impressive resume and the course and club does not disappoint. From the moment you drive through the gates, you are given the 5* treatment as your buggy awaits you. If you’re lucky enough to visit, take your time. You could happily spend a few hours on the driving range with stunning views out over the Bay of Islands but the real delight is out on the course with practically every hole enjoying views out over the ocean. The course was host to the 2008 and 2009 Kiwi Challenge, a PGA Tour event featuring some of the world’s top PGA tour players who also played at sister course Cape Kidnappers in the Hawke’s Bay.
International green fees are $313 during the off season from 1 May – 30 September. This is actually a huge saving from the usual rate of $495. NZ residents can play for $187 during the off season.
To find out more about the course and the green fees, please visit the Kauri Cliffs website.
Golf is one of New Zealand’s biggest participation sports as well as being a huge draw for international visitors. If you’re heading to Auckland this winter, make sure you pack your clubs – there are some great bargains to be had!