Golf Digest's World's Greatest
Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs have again been named among the best in the world with Cape Kidnappers at #17 and Kauri Cliffs at #37.
Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs have again been named among the best in the world in the annual Golf Digest (US) Magazine’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses - with Cape Kidnappers at #17 and Kauri Cliffs at #37.
The Golf Digest rankings are one of the most revered within golf course rankings and include only one criteria, “overall greatness”. The award is scored by both American and international panelists organised by Golf Digest and their affiliate magazines around the world.
Designed by the legendary golf course architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course in Hawke’s Bay has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape with stunning sea views, the course plays high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs.
Kauri Cliffs in Northland NZ was designed by the late David Harman. Fifteen holes of the par 72 championship course view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs that plunge to the sea.
The past sixteen years have seen both Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers regularly named among the best 100 courses in the world, a compelling lure for golfers from around the world to visit New Zealand.
The latest rankings are testament to New Zealand’s draw as one of the great golfing destinations in the world. No longer a hidden gem, New Zealand is renowned as a “must visit” golf destination, with New Zealand recently awarded the Top Asia Pacific & Australasia Golf Destination Award by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), an award given to the country that delivers a great experience for golf travellers.
Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers have also hosted international-calibre golf events, bringing top golf talent to New Zealand. The Kiwi Challenge Golf Events in 2008 and 2009, part of the PGA Tour’s Challenge Season, hosted international greats including Adam Scott, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker and Camilo Villegas at the Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers courses. Both tournaments aired across the United States and internationally on NBC, showcasing the beauty and sophistication of New Zealand and these two golf courses to the world.
Commenting on the recent accolades, Director of Golf Jon McCord said, “having both Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers courses named in the Top 40 of the revered Golf Digest (US) annual Top 100 rankings only reinforces what a fantastic destination New Zealand really is for golf”.
Five New Zealand courses are named in the top 100, with Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs the highest ranking publicly-accessible NZ courses to make the list.