Piece of Paradise
Over at the Otago Daily Times, Hayden Meikle is reporting on the recently compiled list by Dunedin professional Andrew Whiley.
Hayden writes, "Sir Michael Hill's piece of paradise near Arrowtown comes in at No 2 in the annual rankings of New Zealand courses."
Alas because of the elitist culture and extremely expensive green fees at The Hills a vast number of New Zealand's club golfers will never play on this piece of "Paradise".
Ambience has been described as, "The character and atmosphere of a place," and whilst we all enjoy the occasional expensive night out on the town at a classy restaurant. I'm not so sure the elitist ambience of The Hills et al is an appropriate criterion for classifying a golf course. After all we are trying to encourage more people to the game and ridding it of the perception that it's an elitist's activity.
Hayden advises, "The best of the other Otago courses were Jacks Point (third) and Millbrook (10th)."
Coming in at third is Jack's Point and for those of you not familiar with golf courses in New Zealand this is undoubtedly the best value for money in the Queenstown area.
The Hills; way too expensive. Millbrook; a great resort but alas only the fairly recently created "Coronet Nine" is worthy of the "memorability" ranking.
As to Kinloch which I've described elsewhere as, "The tiger course of the Taupo triangle." Unless you're the kind of guy who just loved played Carnasty on a nasty day the think twice before trying this Tiger course.
Wairakei is a wonderful course and a "pleasure" to play compared to Kinloch.
Taupo Centennial, Kinloch and Wairakei constitute, "The Taupo Triangle," and as reported by Hayden, "Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Cliffs, Wairakei, Royal Wellington, Paraparaumu and Titirangi rounded out the top 10."
Here's the link to Hayden
Quote of the Day
"The Hills topped the charts in the above three categories but finished second overall - by an extremely narrow margin - to Kinloch, the Jack Nicklaus signature course near Taupo." - Hayden Meikle