Course Regional Rankings. Whiley, from Dunedin, believes this is the first regional rankings of New Zealand golf courses and the most extensive ever undertaken. With 776 respondents
representing 114 golf clubs, the regional rankings were based on regions similar to the Super 15 Rugby regions. Each golfer was asked to rank their top six golf courses, their favourite “9-hole” golf course and their “hidden gem.” Press release from Kiwi based Golf Rankings.
It was kind of tight at the top but no surprises on who was there.
“Whiley asked each ranker to rank their “Top 12” golf courses from 15 North Island and “Top 12” South Island golf courses. From these rankings, New Zealand’s “Top 25” rankings were produced. The “Top 5” courses in New Zealand were: Kinloch (30.2) The Hills (30), Jacks Point (29.87), Cape Kidnappers (29.81) and Kauri Cliffs (29.2) with Wairakei, Royal Wellington, Paraparaumu, Titirangi and Millbrook golf courses rounding out the top ten golf courses.
New Zealand’s five highest ranked golf courses are extremely well-regarded and the tight rankings show how good the golf courses are, with Kinloch moving into the top spot. All top five golf courses were within a point of each other and #2, #3 and #4 were all within 0.19 of point difference. This reflects the quality of courses which are all relatively new to the New Zealand golf market.
And then there’s the “Hidden Gems”
Andrew writes, “On a percentage basis, Jack’s Point was the highest ranked golf course; Rangatira the most popular hidden gem and Tai Tapu the country’s favourite 9-hole golf course.”
Finding a hidden gem is one of the great joys of playing golf and I must admit it was only a few years ago I discovered Rangatira of which their web site has this to say, “What gives Rangatira that uniqueness; the course is built on three levels, stunning views of the Rangitikei River, and a ride in the Electric Cable Car, the only one of its kind in New Zealand.”
How right he is
As someone who has difficulty in accepting the government’s golf marketing strategy of going for the big bucks market I found it refreshing to read I’m not alone (although not necessarily endorsed by Andrew), “Many overseas tourists travelling New Zealand wonder where they are going to play golf and many want (my emphasis) to play the “local” courses such as Walton, Rangatira and Roxburgh. Here they will really find some great “Kiwi” golf experiences and local hospitality”.
And maybe one day we’ll see NZ Tourism’s promise of golf trails in New Zealand similar to what Scotland has to offer e.g. the James Braid Trail.
Link to Golf Rankings and Rangatira Golf Club
No "Quote of the Day" today
Just a plug for something of a hidden gem.
Angus G. at Trip Advisor writes of Ohope International.
"Coming from Scotland I am spoilt for choice both as to quality and scenery - St. Andrews, Turnberry, Carnoustie, Troon, Muirfield, North Berwick et al but the location, scenery, layout and weather here beats these courses hands down. Views of Whale Island, the White Island (AN ACTIVE VOLCANO) the harbour and the Pacific Ocean and the eastern ranges are second to none. This is a links course where every hole is different and lives long in the memory. Value for money is extraordinary."