Phil does acknowledge his omissions and it says something about his taste in golf courses that he mentions the relatively unknown Oreti Sands of which, “John Huggan, European golfing correspondent, said that Oreti Sands is one of the two best Kiwi courses he has played.”
Keeping in mind that ‘Huggy’ can be quite harsh at times this is a most impressive recommendation.
Since my web site is designed to encourage people from overseas to come to New Zealand it was pleasing to recognise that Phil’s selection of reviews is one of the better brief glimpses of what’s on offer.
I like to encourage people to play the lesser-known Kiwi courses and I particularly liked Phil’s review covering the wee course at Arrowtown, “Often under-rated because of its lack of length, Arrowtown is a unique course and certainly among the most fun in the country. The high-profile neighbouring courses may get all the publicity but they can't match the charm of this gem.”
As to its exclusive nearest neighbour; The Hills I cannot agree, “ This is certainly among the most beautiful courses in the world, with the contrasting colours of the grasses and the astonishing sculptures spread along the way,” especially when The Hills is compared to Jack’s Point.
As to the Jack Nicklaus signature course at Kinloch ‘nuf said Phil, “Unfortunately it doesn't live up to the promise of its appearance. While it has some good holes, with the fourth and fifth the pick of them, too many are over-bunkered.
Despite the over-bunkering, there are stretches of holes that aren't particularly memorable or, in some cases, memorable for the wrong reasons.”
And Kinloch is also kinda tough so it must be Wairakei over Kinloch when in the Taupo area.
Here’s the link to Phil Hamilton