Gulf Harbour Country Club
This 6,400 metre (20,997 feet), par 72 golf course is located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland. It meanders through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish.
Four sets of tees assure playability for every calibre of golfer, from beginners to professionals. Like all great courses, Gulf Harbour tantalises players with a variety of exciting holes. Several feature risk and reward opportunities, and none are tricked-up or artificial.
The front nine is slightly hillier and has an open feeling, while the back nine wanders towards the ocean and culminates with some of the most scenic holes anywhere. Comparisons have already been made to Pebble Beach Golf Links.
One of the most interesting holes on the course is the 300 metre (984 feet) par 4 seventh. This short dogleg is flanked by a lake on the right and tempts long hitters to go for the green. Those who get too greedy will pay the price on this intriguing little hole, sure to become one of the most talked about on the course.
The four finishing holes will increase the heartbeat of every golfer. The 160 metre 15th is a par 3 toward the ocean with the water as a backdrop. The 405metre 16th is a classic par 4 bordering cliffs. The second shot flirts with the rock cliffs and requires nerve as well as talent. The par 5 17th stretches 505 metres (1656 feet) along the ocean, and the gorgeous views can be distracting to the eye. The final hole is a 390 metre (1279 feet) par 4 which turns inland toward the clubhouse.