A dramatic par 72-championship course designed to test and satisfy all skill levels
Combine the Golf Digest International (USA) 2001 Best New International Golf Course and Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report Grand Award winner for the World’s Best Hideaway Resort and you have Kauri Cliffs, on the pristine Bay of Islands in the beautiful Northland of New Zealand.
The resort is built along the cliff tops, against a scenic backdrop of uninhabited islands overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The sea views are so spectacular as to distracting to golfers, who might stop to admire the nearby Cavalli Islands or the tempting coves and inlets below.
Kauri Cliffs was created by New York golf addicts Josie and Julian Robertson. The transformed this former grazing property into one of New Zealand’s ‘superlodges’, offering serious golf, together with a sanctuary for serene holidays and a base, from which to explore the beautiful surrounding area for diving, fishing or wild boar hunting.
The main lodge is modelled on local 19th century mission houses with local wood floor, textured fabrics as a backdrop for an eclectic accumulation of feature pieces collected by the Robertson’s on their own travels.
The upper floor of the lodge is for relaxing and dining. The gourmet cuisine reflects the international standards of the property, as well as showcasing excellent New Zealand produce and wine.
Golf is masterminded from the clubhouse on the lower floor. Here golfers find all the facilities for the par 72, 18-hole course designed by David Harman. Clubs for rental, are from Callaway.
The accommodation, separated from the main lodge by a gloriously situated heated horizon pool, is in eight duplex cottages set amongst native forest. The suites are exquisitely decorated in low key tones and feature water hyacinth chairs and ottoman, a kin-sized bed, open fireplaces to suit all seasons. A dressing room area and beautifully appointed bathroom complete the picture.