Geographically diverse, yet small enough to travel around in a short space of time, New Zealand is one of the hottest golf destinations in the world today.
The country has produced some of the most unique and dramatic golf courses - many of which are ranked among the best in the world. Surrounded by breathtakingly stunning natural scenery, much of it involving beaches, lakes and rivers, to play golf in New Zealand is to experience each element the earth has to give - from the expansive lakes in the south, snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, to areas of geothermal activity in the Central Plateau and native bush in the north.
New Zealanders’ passion for the game is clearly illustrated in the finely crafted, strategically located courses which respectfully meld into the rugged natural terrain. Given the quality of courses on offer it is no surprise golf is the highest participation sport in New Zealand, with around seven million rounds played each year.
From humble beginnings in 1871 when the country’s first golf course opened its gates, New Zealand now stands on its own as a world-class golfing destination, laying claim to having the second highest number of golf courses per capita in the world. It is also home to top ranked international players, among them rising professional stars Lydia Ko, Danny Lee, former US Open champion Michael Campbell and all-time legend Sir Bob Charles.
Each of the following 11 courses will challenge and inspire players of all levels, leaving each and every one begging for more....Read full article here.
This article is from the Bayley's annual Waterfront Magazine.