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Golf Vacations in New Zealand


Golf course in Rotorua, New Zealand. The water hazard is a geothermal mudpool:
Golf course in Rotorua, New Zealand. The water hazard is a geothermal mudpool
New Zealand has many historic links to the UK, and has inherited many of its golfing traditions from there, as well as created some of its own. As a result, golf is a popular sport in New Zealand, and the country is home to many different golf courses.

Musick Point, Manukau City, New Zealand:
Musick Point, Manukau City, New Zealand




Guest Article:
Golf Vacations In Taupo New Zealand
by Toni Walkley

Taupo is located in the center of the North Island of New Zealand. This central location is the reason many visitors choose Taupo for a New Zealand holiday but in particular a golfing vacation.

Taupo itself has 4 courses and the world class Cape Kidnappers course plus several other excellent courses are all within one hour's drive from Taupo.

Lake Taupo was formed in a massive eruption around 200 AD, that covered the plateau with free draining pumice, enabling golf to be played 365 days of the year.

Wairakei International and the Kinloch Club are two international courses within minutes of the town center.

Kinloch Club [http://www.alpinelake.co.nz/kinloch-golf-course/] on the shores of the lake, was designed as a links course by Jack Nicklaus. Designed around a natural environment and with lovely lake views it is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature course in New Zealand. Opened in 2007, it was ranked in the top ten new golf courses in the world by the US Travel and Leisure magazine.

Wairakei International is located in the geothermal area, surrounded by a pest fence to create a sanctuary for native birds and is just five minutes drive from the town centre. Comprising 450 acres of natural countryside, and with the championship tees 6444 metres long plus 108 large well-positioned bunkers, it is a true but fair challenge.

Tahara and Centennial are two local courses that provide economical and enjoyable golfing of a high standard and are conveniently located right in the town.

The world class Cape Kidnappers Course, situated inside a working farm and overlooking a gannet colony, is only an hour away from Taupo. The views of the coastline are spectacular while spa facilities and the clubhouse are exceptional. There are overnight accommodation options on the property, but most golfers elect to return to their Taupo accommodation after their round.

Visitors may fly into Auckland International Airport and then drive the four hours to Taupo or alternatively fly on down to Taupo Airport. There are excellent motels and lodges in Taupo and a wide variety of sightseeing options to complement a perfect golfing vacation.


About the Author

Toni Walkley is the owner of a new Taupo motel, Alpine Lake Motor Lodge. Visit her website for more information on Taupo accommodation [http://www.alpinelake.co.nz/accommodation/] options and what to do and see in Taupo.




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Books about Golf Vacations in New Zealand

Here are some books about golf vacations in New Zealand

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Fairway to Heaven: Beautiful New Zealand Golf Courses

Craig Potton Publishing
Hardcover (144 pages)

Fairway to Heaven: Beautiful New Zealand Golf Courses
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Using magnificent panoramic photography that is perfectly suited to the open sweep of a fairway. Niels Schipper has created a lavish tribute to New Zealand's golf courses. Niels Schipper is a freelance commercial photographer based in Auckland.

100 Essential New Zealand Golf Holes

By Tom Hyde

Awa Press
Paperback (256 pages)

100 Essential New Zealand Golf Holes
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A tantalizing selection of 100 New Zealand golf holes, this rigorously researched survey covers golf holes from Houhara to Bluff to produce a must-have checklist for a New Zealand golfing trip. This guide brings an insight into the quirkiest holes and fastest greens as well as the engineer that designed them to provide the back story of each featured hole and the personal response that they elicit. This is a striking golfer’s gift book that incorporates the beauty of the landscape along with New Zealand’s greatest holes.

New Zealand GolfCross

By Burton Silver

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2004-03-01
Paperback (96 pages)

New Zealand GolfCross
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Just when you thought it was safe to walk on the fairway, you hear a strange noise. Is it a bird? Is it a bomb? No-it's the new sound of golf. From the innovative, daredevil country that introduced bungee jumping comes a revolutionary new take on golf, NEW ZEALAND GOLFCROSS, a game where you shoot for goal instead of a hole, with a oval ball that really is smart. For many golfers, constantly assailed with information about the importance of the golf ball's perfect roundness, it comes as a surprise to learn that the oval golf ball is considerably more stable and significantly easier to control than its round counterpart. In NEW ZEALAND GOLFCROSS, author Burton Silver chronicles the evolution of this remarkable game, explains the unique flight properties of the oval ball, and offers shot-making tips and strategies to take out onto the course. With Silver as your caddy, you'll learn how to hit the ball straighter, longer, and with any degree of fade or draw. The deluxe presentation pack includes a competition-grade golfcross ball, along with a rubber tee adapter, so you can experience for yourself the advanced capabilities of the world's first oval golf ball. Beautifully photographed on specialized cross-country courses, this book and its amazing ball are a must for all golf lovers and anyone who likes to think outside the round.

Letters From New Zealand: Farming, Fishing and Golf

By David Murie

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (304 pages)

Letters From New Zealand: Farming, Fishing and Golf
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For over 30 years the author has written a letter to his son every week. The letters cover everything from news and events, to fishing and golfing stories, as well as reminiscences from his childhood and his days farming. “I had some amusement when one driver pulled up and started to talk to me as though he knew me. This man, in a white pick-up, informed me that he had called at the house and, not finding me in, had proceeded to the shed and had a look at the truck as requested. He advised me that a couple of bolts had needed replacing and everything was now OK. I thanked him politely for the prompt service and prepared to move on, but he then told me that he had borrowed a coil of rope hanging in the shed as he had a job to do that afternoon which needed such an item. He would return it as soon as possible, so I assured him that was fine by me and proceeded. Somewhere somebody is missing a coil of rope. One does what one can to keep the rural sector on its toes.”

Golf's Best New Destinations

By Brian McCallen

Brand: Harry N. Abrams
Hardcover (304 pages)

Golf s Best New Destinations
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As golf has exploded in popularity over the last 15 years, new public and resort courses have been built all over the U.S. and around the world. Golf’s Best New Destinations is a highly informative and lavishly illustrated guide to the newest and hottest clusters of courses—places as varied as Kohler, Wisconsin; Prince Edward Island; and New Zealand. Author Brian McCallen, one of the world’s foremost experts on golf travel, provides invaluable information about the courses and resort accommodations for both new and recently renovated destinations.

Filled with local sightseeing tips and spectacular photographs by some of the world’s top photographers, here is a book that will appeal to anyone who dreams of teeing off in far-flung destinations.

Hitting the Zone: Golf at the Top with Steve Williams

By Steve Williams

HarperCollins New Zealand
Paperback (160 pages)

Hitting the Zone: Golf at the Top with Steve Williams
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In collaboration with leading sports people, de Lacy applies the basic principles of self-improvement - goal-setting, creative visualisation, affirmation, relaxation techniques - to specific sports. His co-author, Steve Williams, has for the last three years been the full-time caddy for Tiger Woods, one of the world's leading golfers. Before that he had more than fifteen years on the international golf circuit, caddying for some of the leading golfers of the day, notably Greg Norman (for eight years) and Raymond Floyd. Since being discovered as a teenager in 1976 by five-times British Open winner Peter Thomson, Williams has parlayed a natural bent for his craft into by far one of the most successful caddying careers in the game's history In October 2003, in partnership with Woods, he recorded his one hundredth professional tournament win as a caddy. From the time he first caddied for Thomson at the age of 14, Williams has viewed the caddy's role as the professional golfer's key on-the-spot resource of technical and strategic information and psychological support. As with Norman and Floyd, and more recently Woods, the egalitarian Williams has established close personal relationships with his employers. In Hitting the Zone he expounds his philosophy and applies the basic self-improvement techniques to golf using his vast resource of practical experience and anecdotes.

The Golf Club (Provincial Life in New Zealand)

By Peter Dale

Pateke
Released: 2010-10-10
Kindle Edition (218 pages)

The Golf Club (Provincial Life in New Zealand)
 
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A light hearted look at provincial sporting life in New Zealand. George Wood has recently arrived in Kapanui to take over the Manager's role at the Kapanui Golf Club. He bites off more than he can chew but is much loved for his efforts, particularly among the Maori community.

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