It's true to say that Muriwai Golf Club is something of a hidden gem for international travellers who thought they'd done their homework on Auckland and therefore plan on playing the Dr Alister MacKenzie designed Titirangi. The Robert Trent Jones Jnr's Gulf Harbour or prestigious Royal Auckland.
Fortunately for a group of wealthy Americans who were sailing around New Zealand in a cruise ship they had been told about Muriwai. And while talking to them at the 19th hole I learned that they'd stopped off at places like Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs which they immensely enjoyed. And yet it was Muriwai that gave them their best "golf experience".
As to why that should be? The best answer I could get was that it exceeded their expectations of club golf in New Zealand. A links-style course, a good test of golf and the casual Kiwi ambience of the clubhouse camaraderie.
Excerpt from Golf in Godzone and Beyond
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Muriwai most definitely THE must play golf course in winter when the majority of other Auckland courses are wet and muddy.