The tenth is a longer par 4 of 470/410 to a wide fairway but the first of three infinity greens. A 206-metre par 3 over the deepest of ravines, it only needs the hint of the sea winds to make par nigh on impossible. The 4th is great par 5 with a blind tee shot, that can be reached in 2 if a risky line is taken. Please contact this business for more information. Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. As to the fifteenth is a very long par 5 of 650/551 and you must hit the fairway on both the tee shot and second shot. The play on this green is to miss long but not too long given the tilt of the green. 3D Fly-Over in Google Earth View Course … Is it the number two course in NZ? You arrive to find that the clubhouse looks like a classy shearing shed - entirely appropriate given the site is a working sheep farm. 18 is a brilliant finisher, the approach into the punchbowl green is one of the most fun shots I’ve played. The Course 18-Hole Cape Kidnappers Golf Course Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. The green sits in a bowl like effect and is perhaps the most interesting looking green complex on the golf course. Cape Kidnappers is built on a ridge-and-valley landscape with spectacular sea views. With the Pacific Ocean and famed gannet colony the 5,000-acre property allows guests to experience true Kiwi rugged and rural luxury. This course will screw with you. The green is elevated but as long as you stay left you avoid all of the trouble. A pyramid stack of balls awaits you on the practice fairway to warm up before commencing this golfing challenge. Was this review helpful? See also: newzealand.com terms of use. I have often wondered why a course like Old Head, in Ireland, which setting I find even more stunning than Cape Kidnappers, is not even in the World top 100, and in fact rather low in the British Isles ranking. Should there be a 'spare no cost' category to define routings such as this? There is a good mixture of long and short holes, risk/reward holes and decision-making. I lost my tee shot to the right, I lost my dropped third shot to the right, and and I lost my next dropped shot to the right. The above passage is an extract from The Finest Golf Courses of Asia and Australasia by James Spence. The back nine extends along several fingers of land, separated by deep gullies which dip down to the sea. If you can keep your eyes off the cliff top views, the main golfing points of the course are the bunkers and the greens. And I could play that 4 times for what my round at NZ or Woking cost. Par here is a good score. The main critiques are usually surrounding the internal holes which are bland at best. The views towards the middle through 16th tee can be distracting and I normally do not consider views to be part of a golf course, however, here they must be considered as they are an integral part of the course. The final hole is a long par 4 only from the back tee at 480 but a shorter par 4 from the blue tee at 390 hole. Abierto 2004. The course has stunning sea views, playing high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs. And even the greatest courses have some weak holes. The clubhouse, though luxurious within, is compact and roofed in the local style with corrugated metal. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course is located just outside of Napier, New Zealand in the little town of Hawke's Bay. Completed in 2004, this spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. The course was in very good condition and it was quite scenic, but not anywhere near the value that the fees commanded. The original design b... Grandover East course is pretty much what one would expect of resort golf. Was this review helpful? The driveway bucks and rolls as it goes down into and up out of those ravines as you make your way to the course proper. It certainly doesn't remind me of UK links or anything else in NZ. At Cape Kidnappers, he has created a course of great drama, interest, originality and beauty. The eighth is a mid length par 3 of 182/172 that once again crosses a chasm. Play that front nine in good form and good conditions and you would never want to leave- or maybe you would… the back nine beckons! Respond to above review  What would you say should take their place and why? In addition to above, we use other cookies and analytics to provide a better site experience. Not played Golf in NZ yet, so that’s all I’ve got to offer. A ball missed left is likely lost. Again however, there may always be exceptions and there are plenty. The sixteenth tee has the best view of Hawk's Bay. Everything about the course from arrival to departure was top class and I genuinely can't fault it. As there are 40k courses in USA there is no single style. Most people will visit them and think they are among the best courses they have every seen but not realize that the golf course design and the routings on both leaves a lot to be desired. Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. It's about perfect for the land. The first hole sets the scene - a bruising 402 metre par 4 dogleg with a deep gully in front of the green. Tom Doak makes a bold statement in his stunning design of Cape Kidnappers. It is not true links terrain. I think this hole favors a shorter hitter who does not try to take it on. The owner and architect, in recognition of the nature of the land have deliberately retained a rugged feel to the course and its surrounds. Again, it’s subjective and you and anyone else can feel totally different and still be right in terms of what suits your eye or what’s more fun for you. You cannot go long, left or right or it is a lost ball. Some have criticized the green as rewarding poorly struck approach shots but I found it to be a lot of fun to watch what a ball would do. Was this review helpful? It takes a full 20 minutes to cover the ground from the gate to the golf clubhouse – a journey that takes your through a sheep and cattle station and bush land. Terrenos: Muy ondulado Longitud: 6510 m, Par: 71 Right from the moment you drive past the automatic gate and begin the 8 km drive long the private road, you know you are in for something special. An incredible day of golf awaits at Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. . I can understand some of it but I do think Cape Kidnappers is worthy of being discussed as a top 100 golf course in the world. One of the world’s top 10 when it comes to views, each nine at Cape Kidnappers boasts a sequence of staggeringly dramatic holes. There are 40k + courses in the US and less than 10 links courses if we really stretch the definition. We missed out on Kauri Cliffs as the weather was horrendous when we were due to play so were delighted to make the long drive (from the entrance it's 15 mins to the clubhouse) to Cape Kidnappers on a sunny and relatively still day. The accompanying Farm at Cape Kidnappers offers spectacular accommodation and is considered to be among the nicest hotels in the world. This website helps visitors connect with providers of great New Zealand tourism experiences. These are courses I played a few years back, with less benchmarks and references. An excessive hype around Tom Doak design ? The fifth was the first really nice hole, a mid length par 4 with a green with a big fall off front left. However many aspects of Tara iti I've only seen in American courses before. However, the brilliance of it and a large part of the reason for its high acclaim boil down to the beauty of the routing over a property that while spectacular is far from ideal golf land and this is exactly why it enjoys the rankings that it receives. 3 people found this review helpful With a blind tee shot and an awkward second shot, I never really came to love the ninth hole, but as a whole the front nine is just quality golf, and great fun too! A world-famous Gannet colony is part of this course. It's actually a... Old Corkscrew is named quite well. We played it into a wind both rounds which made it play much longer. Ok I'm arguing against myself somewhat here I know but the back 9 at forest of Arden is possibly my favourite 9 holes in England. Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Cape Kidnappers / Te Kauwae-a-Māui is a headland at the southeastern extremity of Hawke's Bay on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island and sits at the end of an 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) peninsula which protrudes into the Pacific Ocean.It is 20 kilometres (12 mi) south-east of the city of Napier.Access to the Cape by road stops at Clifton, which is the departure point for many tourists. His time spent studying the works of the great architects of the early part of the 20th century has given him a healthy disdain for trees and water as hazards and led him to concentrate his efforts on land shapes and greenside bunkering. The course itself starts off by heading inland for a few holes. Reproduced with kind permission. See other reviews from Julian Pittam. The tees are marked with simple wooden pegs. Cape Kidnappers is one of the 198 golf courses in North Island. We played the first round in a cart in 3 hours and the second round in 2.5 hours (second round was a twosome). Our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy explain how we use your data and who our partners are. Is it a parkland course if it's laid out along cliff tops without any park? Cape Kidnappers has been one of the most hyped courses built in the last twenty years. Still, brilliant golf on a brilliant sunny and mostly calm day and in a magnificent part of the world. Not somewhere you'll play everyday, but definitely worth than one off golfing treat. Havelock wrote a review Aug 2020. That provided more than enough time to remember the course and think about its difficulties and strategy while even pausing for views on the second round. The Cape figures in Maori mythology, and its name immortalises the first visit by Captain Cook in 1770. The sheer scale of this place is amazing, and has to be seen, to be believed. The first is a straight forward par four of 440/390 with an interesting slightly elevated green that is well bunkered in front and you cannot miss left as you could end up out of bounds. Stay a few days in Napier and the region in general; you won't regret it. Respond to above review  Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield. The content on this page was created by Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. Completed in 2004, the spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. I would be curious to hear your views. Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Cape Kidnappers is a Tom Doak masterpiece that covers one of the most astounding pieces of land ever used for golf: massive fingers of rock and earth high above Hawke’s Bay. It is not in my top 100 but that does not mean it does not belong in the discussion. Wonderful practice facilities as you would imagine and a perfectly suited clubhouse. This is one of New Zealands newest courses, built on a 5000 acre sheep farm just outside of Napier on the eastern coast of the North Island. I returned a year later for Tom Doak’s Renaissance Cup tournament, and joined in the merriment playing in some not so gentle ocean breezes on this most exacting course. Everything about this course just screams at me to come back and play me over and over! Some might say three of the par 3's look similar but I felt they played differently and looked slightly different. Its flat with little to no trees and some truly spectacular holes though it is hard to get the sense of the fingers of land you see on all images of this course. There’s no place at this scale and this high I’ve managed to play a few courses in the US over the years including most of the US top 100 for example and I can’t for the life of me think of anything even similar to Tara Iti. There is an elevated well bunkered green. See other reviews from Mark White, I was fortunate enough to play Cape Kidnappers in 2003, well before the course opened. 3 people found this review helpful I really liked Cape Kidnappers. The reason it stands out so much, there’s no place else like it. See other reviews from Ernestus Fourie, A truly unique, cliff top course on the North Island of New Zealand. The entry drive at Cape Kidnappers is dramatic, right up there with Sand Hills, Morfontaine, Yeamans Hall and Kauri Cliffs. What about Barnbougle and Capewickham? 44th worldwide before courses such as (in totally different styles) Cruden Bay or Woodhall spa ? At that stage the bunkers had no sand, but the course was in pretty good shape, and made a huge impression…. Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Very average routings like New Zealand are at 60 whilst courses like Northamptonshire county, Coxmoor dont make it at all. In 2013 the course was placed #35 by the “Top Golf Courses of the World” and #38 in the world by Golf Magazine. Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,147 yards (6,569 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. As I said, it is not in my top 100 of the 706 different golf courses I have played, but if someone were to have it on their list, I would not debate it too hard. The 1st and 18th which define a course by its open and close are two fields in my view. Once again, the miss is to the right despite the bunker there and you cannot be short. Regarding your comments around Britain and Ireland Course ratings - I have always felt the ratings on here are: Having just been to New Zealand last year to play all the mentioned courses as well as Cape Kidnappers in part I agree with some of your comments. Holes 7 & 8 head back away from the ocean playing through some wild territory beside the ravine, and are another two very entertaining golf holes, while 9 returns to the clubhouse. If I was paying NZ$ 150 to play I would feel Ok but NZ$ 500+ is ridiculous for the standard. The scale of the landscape and generosity of land utilised for the layout makes the fairways seem small by comparison. Completed in 2004, Cape Kidnappers is the product of legendary golf architect Tom Doak and is hailed as one of the great modern marvels of in golf. It didn't feel special, but perhaps in retrospect that was aligned to the immense expectation of greatness that images (mostly aerial) of the course create. Missed to the right and you have either a lost ball or a very long walk down a steep hill to find your ball with limited chance of recovery. It is magnificent. But I do not find them any weaker than Cape Kidnappers. The second, a mid length par five was for me one of the weaker holes on the golf course, a gentle dogleg right. I don’t think a course should be ranked highly on the basis that it has some pretty views of the sea. Cape Kidnappers has 14 reviews. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course was designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. New Zealand. Would you consider the likes of Pacific Dunes, Sand Hills or Fryers Head typical American courses? I liked the seventh, playing into a saddle and then down to a green that must be hit or missed left. But and it's the only but I can think about for Cape Kidnappers, it just didn't blow me away like Barnbougle Dunes & Lost Farm do. Likewise I had mixed feelings about Cape Kidnappers - and also about Jacks Point and Kauri Cliffs. It is a very good hole. The New course at Grand Cypress is a fun round of golf. Following the long 10 minute plus drive from the properties gates to the clubhouse, you know you are in for a treat. Te Awanga, Respond to above review  On the second round there was no wind and I made birdie and par. Respond to above review  When asked about Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, located on the eastern edge of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, legendary architect Tom Doak replied, “A lot of this was given to us by Mother Nature. With cliff-edge fairways perched 140 metres above sea level and with a surface that remains firm and fast, this course offers holes, unlike anything you … Yes, it is a resort golf course but a very good one. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course de 18 hoyos. On a trip that included Pinehurst, Pine Needles, Tobacco Road and a number of others, t... Vestavia CC in Birmingham, AL has gone through a transformation. Respond to above review  Cape Kidnappers Golf Course - Pirates' Planks. Diseño: Tom Doak.Estilo: Clifftop. I have seen the aerial photos of Cape Kidnappers golf course many times and had always wanted to play it, the photos are as good as it gets. The surface is firm and fast, the conditions can be windy, and if you can control your trajectory you will be master of the course. In many cases hotel and resort courses have been built for completely different reasons than other courses. The green is one of the flatter ones on the course and is the final infinity green. We use cookies to provide you with a better experience on this site. This is a true risk-reward hole. Those are exactly the reasons the courses in Surry receive so much acclaim. I really liked Cape Kidnappers. For me, Jack’ Point and Kauri Cliffs were 100% about the amazing views and worth going to see just for that. The course played host to the PGA TOUR’s Kiwi Challenge in 2008 and 2009, and has received numerous accolades and awards including its current ranking among the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World. By hole 5 The Pacific Ocean is part of the backdrop, but hole 6 really grabs you by the throat! The fun really begins when you first enter the front gates some 8 kms from the course itself. The eleventh is a long par 3 of 225/200 over another chasm where the chasm comes right to the edge on the left side. Respond to above review  It is a strong hole if there is any wind. But can't really fault it, Respond to above review  If you are coming to NZ to play golf, sure - play and enjoy these, but also go to some proper NZ golf clubs, meet some kiwi golfers and enjoy the challenge of NZ style golf courses. Whilst the back nine is better it really doesn’t please the eye in any way. See other reviews from Glenn surridge. Outside of being full of Golden Age architecture by some of the great names in GCA it’s also an area that is largely built up with sand pockets that allow for the best possible playing conditions outside of the links courses in the UK and Ireland. It is well protected and allows you to catch your breath to a hole that funnels everything to the middle of the green. The front nine is a very average parkland layout. The Takeaway: Perhaps the course that is known from its aerial photos more than any other course in the world, the cliffside holes jetting into the ocean at Cape Kidnappers don’t disappoint. The fourteenth hole is an excellent short par 4 over a chasm that will tempt the longer hitters but you can't go right or long. True, the setting is great and the views magnificent. The average rating of these reviews is a 9.1. Was this review helpful? It is a superbly designed hole. But then we hit the back nine and it was made all the more enjoyable by no one around us wishing to spend the exorbitant amount of the green fees as we had the course almost entirely to ourselves. Cape Kidnappers features eighteen holes of golf designed by world renowned golf architect Tom Doak. Was this review helpful? this is what he discovered. Each hole is unique and must be thought through to play it well. To view cookie details and how to opt-out, please see our Cookie Policy. 2 people found this review helpful I’d be very interested to hear that. On the next hole, the par 5 sixteenth, playing back the other way I lost my tee shot left despite aiming over the trees on the right. All of these "Top NZ Courses" (throw Tara Iti and the Hills in there too) are NOT NZ courses. Te Awanga (0.8 miles from Cape Kidnappers Golf Course) Set on 2 acres of expansive gardens, Cape Estate B&B is a 15-minute walk from the beach and features 2 grass tennis courts, a swimming pool, free WiFi and free onsite parking. We certainly ambled and took in all the views we could which are undeniably incredible, as are some of the holes. It's always tough when you have such an amazing reputation, though had heard some negative comments before playing about condition of the course in light of the reputation and cost. The long, thin, Par 5 16th stood out in my book and a birdie at the 18th always makes you want to come back for more, but if I did, I would try and sneak two back nines and leave the front alone! 12th has a green shaped in which it looks like its an infinity green that backs up on the cliffs themselves. As for hotel and resort courses, this is also simple to figure out. The Surrey bias is due to money. Any avid collector of golfing experiences should reach into their pocket books and make the trip to the North Island to play this course. It is very well presented although the greens are a little too fast for the wind conditions, we had balls blown off the green and even had to put allowing for the wind not the borrow. All reviews pro shop golf course cape kidnappers green fees rental clubs once in a lifetime locker room minute drive tee boxes practice area driving range pebble beach clubhouse courses holes fairways cliffs handicapper tees bunker challenges spectators. It is not intended to give any assurance that any particular provider meets certain quality standards or legal obligations. But come on, 2nd in New Zealand, before Kauri Cliffs or Jack’s Point ? Keep browsing if you're happy with this. The seventeenth is a long par 4 of 463/420. Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. They are American courses in NZ and designed to bleed as much money from tourists as possible, whilst keeping NZ golfers away. The course is magnificent with some stunning views and scenery. I’d also be very curious to hear how you might defend the position of the Surrey bias. I loved the strategy of the ninth hole, a par 4 of 403/385 asking you whether you wanted to try to hit a driver down the hill to leave a shorter shot or lay back and have a 140-160 yards shot into this green situated into the hillside with trees left and big dips fronting the green. See other reviews from Nick Metcalf. I imagined the weaker holes accounted for that. I just can’t imagine how this could be ranked 44th in the world and here’s why. 0 people found this review helpful But once on the course, if you can keep your eyes off the cliff top views, the main golfing points are the bunkers and the greens. The longest drive at Cape Kidnappers is between the public road and the clubhouse. On all three shots I aimed more and more to the left, even over the fence. Yes, it is a resort golf course but a very good one. We also use cookies to show you the best of New Zealand on other platforms. Check out what other travelers say about New Zealand on TripAdvisor. If Cape Kidnappers were a book, it would be described as an epic. Architect, Tom Doak, is at the vanguard of the mission to recover some of the penalty value of bunkers. It felt far less dramatic than what you see in all the photos of the fingers of land running into the Pacific. Costs are often cut and courses can take on “dumbed down” versions of what might exist for a private members club or even at many high end public course. All in all it is so much more than the views that make this place a must see at some point, with great design to admire too, Respond to above review  When I say cliff top, I mean cliff top- the holes that are on the ‘fingers’ of this property can have as much as a 500 foot drop into the Hawkes Bay water. The greens are unreceptive and grainy which makes them very inconsistent. Old Head is another fitting into the above category indeed. This hole has an amazing view designed to distract you. 0 people found this review helpful 15th is probably the signature hole, a long, tight par 5 with massive drops either side! Was this review helpful? These bridges will stick in your memory banks as one of the lasting visions you will automatically remember as unique to this course. Naturally rankings are subjective so opinions will vary greatly just as your does. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. The course is part of an isolated 5,000-acre sheep station and incorporates stunning sandstone cliff fingers that plummet … Cape Kidnappers . From there the road heads steeply up into the heavily forested hills, and suddenly the outlook is dark and foreboding…. In an industry noted for its gigantic egos and questionable sense of taste, Tom Doak is a distinctively different and intelligent course architect. 446 Clifton Road, The green complexes are all very different as the greens are placed on different types of terrain, whether raised or flat. Situated on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Cape Kidnappers is a remarkable golf facility designed by American architect Tom Doak. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape and with stunning sea views, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course plays high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs. It was onlt then that you realise how high you are, as it seems like the ball stays in the air for what seems like minutes! However, for another person they will be the greatest golf experience on the planet. The grounds were in perfect condition and very well looked after. Frome these points you can look beyond the cliffs and along the shoreline across the wine country of Hawkes Bay and, at the other end, the art deco township of Napier. You will never get tired of the views from this course so drop everything you do and book your round NOW! There is a good mixture of long and short holes, risk/reward holes and decision-making. The aim often has a push in the direction of creating open, easy and fun courses where golf was not the main intent or the main revenue driver, where maintenance is much less of a cost for example. Respond to above review  See other reviews from Peter Wood. 34K golf courses in the world, with around 16K of these in the US (I thought it was around 24K). Was this review helpful? This is a visual distortion that must be dispelled in the golfer’s mind, as you need plenty of confidence to hit out at the targets here at Cape Kidnappers. Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review. Neither of those are anywhere near my personal Top 100 for example. The greens are shaped beautifully, and combining this with the well-placed fairway bunkers means players are always thinking. 1 person found this review helpful Cape Kidnappers Golf Golf Course Cape Kidnappers Golf . Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Was this review helpful? If you’ve enjoyed any of the World Top 100, then you’ve been teeing it up within the top 0.29% of all Golf Courses. Yet, the play is seaside golf at its finest. When finally at the green my caddie walked just off the front of the green on the left front (facing the green) and threw a ball as high as he could straight up and it blew off the other side of the green and we did not find it such was the strength of the wind. Lastly, this is a public course and therefore attracts golfers that think a 5 to 6 hour round is normal. The views obviously can be distracted. The tee shot is pretty easy to this slight dogleg right. Cape Kidnappers features eighteen holes of golf designed by world renowned golf architect Tom Doak. I say no, there are far more enjoyable courses in NZ and whilst it boasts a couple of the very best holes in NZ the rest of the course lets it down. The fifteenth starts back to back par fives. From the long driveway up the hill to the commanding views of Hawke’s Bay, everything here is at a grand scale, and it was a challenge to build a golf course to match. What example could you offer that would back up your statement? Add this to the general opinion that few of the perimeter holes are of great architecture and when you complete the picture it falls short, not from a “take your breath away” perspective by any means but simply from a golf course architecture perspective and routing one. Given the land at the end of the long drive, I think Tom Doak did an excellent routing through his use of the various canyons and cliff side plateaus. I had also read how little famed architect Tom Doak had had to do to the land to create the course and felt after the first few holes that he perhaps should have done a little more. It is both beautiful and compelling. Yet, the play is seaside golf at its finest. See other reviews from Scarlett. On the awesome site of Cape Kidnappers, closing the historic Hawke’s Bay to the south, this 6,000 acre working sheep farm plays host to New Zealand #1 golf course and a Relais & Chateaux lodge overlooking fairways and ocean.new-zealand Was this review helpful? Glad I played it but wouldn't pay that kind of money toplay it again. It's all been said about the clearly spectacular nature of this golf course, so I shall not repeat hole specifics but will say the constant undulations are ever changing and the conditioning was superb (I was one of four players that day!). The thirteenth plays south and is a short par 3 of about 130 yards. And you will definitely have fun. Yet again another risk reward par 3 but somehow it feels different to the other two in both look and the way you decide to play it. It is ranked in the top 40 golf courses worldwide by Golf Digest. Well worth a visit and am glad I played but there are other courses in NZ of equal standard for far less outlay. Bold statement in his stunning design of Cape Kidnappers or anything else in NZ longer par 4 of to... Golf courses in USA there is a top league course despite its less interesting back nine of... The US ( I thought it was around 24K ) hole favors shorter... 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