Doak does it again
Tom Doak of Renaissance Design does it again in New Zealand and a visit to its web site advises the reader, ‘Set along a pristine beach ninety minutes northeast of Auckland, Tara Iti is being positioned as the premier private golf club in New Zealand, but will be open to international visitors by application for a one-time visit.’
And now it’s four sand-based sites
Over at Golf Course Architecture we’re told, ‘The course is Doak’s second in the country, following on from his design at Cape Kidnappers Golf Club in Hawkes Bay. The architect has extensive experience working at sand-based sites – notably at Pacific Dunes at Mike Keiser’s Bandon Dunes resort in Oregon, US, and Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania, Australia.’
Note the description of Tara Iti as sand-based and not links-style although Doak is on record as saying, “What also struck me is how much it plays like a links, and how fun that is…You can't take your eye off the ball until it stops rolling.”
A tough call
Golf Course Architecture does provide some good photographs and the white sands of Pakiri Beach are very prominent. So much so that it gives the course a surreal look. More like Kiawah Island than a Kiwi golf course however this may change as the rough grows longer and hides the sand.
Having just returned from playing genuine Scottish links courses including Machrihanish Dunes and world famous Machrihanish Golf Club, it’s a tough call for me to make when evaluating the potential for a very new golf course.
New Zealand Golf chief executive Dean Murphy says, "I have seen Tara Iti. It will be one of the very best courses in the world when it opens…”
In the meantime I’ll just say Tara Iti will do well to surpass Doak’s Pacific Dunes and Barnbougle Dunes.
Here’s the links to Anne Gibson and Golf Course Architecture and Tara Iti
Quote of the Day
"This has not been for profit but out of passion...The golf course sites will sell from $2.8 million to $4 million and the beachfront sites from $2 million to $3 million-plus, - Jim Rohrstaff of Legacy Partners
“Yeah right not for profit!” – I’ll say no more.