The recent International Golf Specialists tour of New Zealand’s lower and central North Island took in some sensational golf. New Zealand turned on incredible weather for the 6 days we were there and the diversity of stunning landscapes was matched by the many amazing golfing experiences we had along the way.
The last round of the trip was at the world renowned Wairakei International, a must play for anyone visiting the North Island, but we learned along the way that New Zealand can provide a treat to golf adventurers at every turn.
With a spare day set aside for travel through to Taupo and being a few hours ahead of time, we decided to make an unscheduled stop as we drove through a small country town called Piopio. What caught our attention in this town of only 670 people were the lush green fairways running alongside State highway 3 as we drove through this ‘blink and you’ll miss’ it settlement.
One U turn and ten minutes later, we had paid our $20 green fees in the honours box and were standing on the first tee. ‘If you’re going to miss the green, miss short’, was the advice from a friendly local before we teed off. Well advised too and we could have well done with more local knowledge throughout our round.
The 18 holes around this country course were extremely memorable and highly challenging. We had all paid a lot more and had much less of a golfing experience in the past. Its elevated greens, thick rough and blind tee shots tested every aspect of our games and the many hills, throughout the front nine in particular, our physical fitness.
Just as the scenery throughout this spectacular country is ever changing, so are the options for a golfing adventure, and with more courses per head than anywhere else in the world, a New Zealand golfing getaway is one that you will long remember.
To begin planning your New Zealand golf holiday, speak to the guys at International Golf Specialists.Return