Golfing in NZ

Reasons and Tips for Your Best Golfing in NZ

A Golfers Paradise - Play a Top Golf Course in New Zealand

New Zealand is a golfer's paradise, and to play on a golf course in New Zealand is quiet and relaxing, often with stunning scenery and wild life. Play golf and experience views of the Pacific Ocean and beautiful beaches, snow capped mountains, rural pastures and dramatic lakes.

Arrive at a golf course in New Zealand and you are guaranteed a warm welcome and assistance to get you teeing off as quickly as is possible. At many clubs in the rural districts if will be a matter of "helping yourselves" - but please be honest and pay your green fees.

Visitors will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to cruise from one golf course to another and experience the club hospitality and casual atmosphere. As New Zealand is an inexpensive country for golf do not expect luxury facilities everywhere you play, but most of the clubs attached to a golf course in New Zealand will have clean changing and shower facilities, plus bar and catering service. If you want to be involved with the club games, like Twilight, check if it would be possible to play with one of the members.

With the development of the resort style golf course New Zealand is quickly becoming a popular golfing destination. The high standard of these courses has helped to improve the level of service and presentation of many other clubs and courses.

Visitors to New Zealand should be aware that they will not be eligible for New Zealand "affiliated" green fees. When you contact any golf course in New Zealand do check the green fees, as some may only have one green fee price, others may offer group discounts.

If you planned to play one golf course in New Zealand everyday it would take you over a year !!

Happy Golfing!

10 Reasons to Play Golf Courses in New Zealand

  1. There are more golf courses in New Zealand than any other country in the world.
  2. New Zealand is a safe and clean, green country.
  3. Most golf courses in New Zealand are membership based, but open to the general public, and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome by its members.
  4. Easy access to all golf courses.
  5. At most of the golf courses in New Zealand, especially out of the main cities, you will have little or no waiting time to tee off.
  6. Easy travelling between golf courses, with some of the best scenery in the world.
  7. Green fees would be lowest in the world.
  8. There are a variety of golf courses in New Zealand - from top resorts to the 9 hole country courses.
  9. There are golf courses in New Zealand that are regarded as the best kept secrets in the world.
  10. You can plan your own golf tours by using

Tips for Visiting Golfers:

New Zealand's rural-based economy requires strict bio-security so it's important for golfers to enter the country with clean spikes and clean clubs. Many of New Zealand Golf Clubs are located in rural areas and it is important for golfers to be aware of the importance of not allowing unwanted disease enter the country. To save time arrive with clean equipment.

  • Bring clean shoes. Biosecurity standards are very strict, and if officials find it necessary to clean shoes, the solvents used can be harsh on weatherproof surfaces - if necessary, re-spike your shoes to remove all grass and seeds.
  • Soft spikes are preferred on most courses rather than metal. Some New Zealand Golf Clubs will offer service to re-spike shoes.
  • Visitors often like to play with a local member and this can be arranged at most New Zealand Golf Clubs but it will be necessary to give a few days notice.
  • Electric carts and trundlers are available for hire at most New Zealand Golf Clubs, and carry bags can be used for all courses.
  • All the larger New Zealand Golf Clubs have golf shops where you can purchase most brands of equipment. Balls and gloves are available at most of the small courses. Prices may vary, and it's advisable bringing at least an initial supply of golf balls.
  • Sometimes you will find New Zealand Golf Clubs unattended, and it is expected that you pay your green fees to an "Honesty Box". You will find instructions and drop box facilities, so make sure you have available cash.
  • Bring wet weather gear. New Zealand offers a wide climate range. The North Island is semi-tropical and the South Island enjoys a temperate climate. Golf in New Zealand is played all year round. It may be useful to pack light rainwear.
  • Many city and country New Zealand Golf Clubs are membership based and welcome visitors. It is advisable to try and check with the Club for tee times.
  • Measurements are in metres, not yards. Most New Zealand Golf Clubs have distance markers on the fairways to assist you in calculating distances to the green.
  • All courses undergo regular maintenance to keep courses in top condition. To optimize your experience, it pays to ask ahead about coring of greens etc.

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