Playing Cape Kidnappers is a golfing experience I will never forget and one I would recommend to anybody planning a golfing holiday to New Zealand.
The 8 kilometre drive in from the main road had me full of anticipation and there was nothing about the course, facilities or on-site accommodation that would disappoint. There were only a handful of other golfers playing on the afternoon that we teed off. On a busy day there may be 30. My playing partner elected playing from the back markers. Pride and the unrealistic expectation of my game on such a perfect day, didn’t allow me to suggest anything more sensible.
Each hole at Cape Kidnappers is visually stunning, technically challenging and will leave even the most travelled golfer amazed at how course designer Tom Doak has blended golf and nature together so superbly.
Perched on cliff tops 400 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the scenery and landscapes in this region of Hawkes Bay on the North Island’s East Coast are incredible and you will find that golf is all but forgotten between shots as you try to take in all the natural beauty on show 360 degrees around you.
Cape Kidnappers is a must play for lovers of golf. I would recommend anyone planning a round here to play at least twice, as I am sure by the time their New Zealand golf holiday ends, they will wish they could play it just one more time. I know I certainly do.