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Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

Matauri Bay, North Island, New Zealand

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Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Kauri Cliffs have reached #37 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Kauri Cliffs golf course has to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world and should be on every traveller’s bucket list. When visiting the Bay of Islands, be sure to stay at The Lodge in Kauri Cliffs which overlooks the golf course. The Kauri Cliffs golf course is not far from the Bay of Islands Golf Course, and Waitangi Golf Club, which is adjacent to the original ground where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840.

Golf Course Information

Kauri Cliffs recently underwent a renovation from world renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. The 5th hole received a complete redesign and was transformed from a long, uphill, forced carry par-3 to a short “drop shot” par-3. Other notable changes were the addition of tees on the 2nd and 9th holes and a bunker renovation on the 4th  hole. The course played host to the 2003 ‘Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf’ match between Fred Couples and Michael Campbell, and the PGA Tour’s Kiwi Challenge in 2008.


“Right from the beginning we knew had a special piece of property. The natural beauty is just astounding throughout, so our real goal was to create a very special golf course that people from all over the world will commend and enjoy. Also at the same time we wanted to maintain Kauri Cliffs as a working farm, which it is; it’s 4,000 acres, and the course is actually a small part of that.” – David Harman

Venue Information

Golf Complex

The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, ladies’ and mens’ locker rooms. Premium ladies’ and men’s rental clubs are available at the Golf Shop. The Clubhouse serves food all day with panoramic views stretching from the Cavalli Islands in the North to Cape Brett in the South, it is the perfect place to rest, recover and plan your next round on Kauri Cliffs’ golf course.


Golf Shop

Along with a variety of the finest in brand name golf apparel and accessories, the golf shop is a great source of local made New Zealand cashmere and wool products, as well as local artwork and sculpture. The range of clothing and equipment features brands such as: Fairway-Greene, Polo, Adidas, Nike, Peter Millar, Cross, Tolaga Bay, Imperial Headwear, and Titleist. The shop is staffed by Class “A” members of the New Zealand and United States PGA who know their game and are happy to assist in any way they can.

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