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Golf at Te Arai Links
Golf at Te Arai Links - New Zealand

Te Arai Links is a must-visit destination for anyone in search of the World’s best golf.

Positioned alongside a pristine New Zealand coastline, Te Arai Links is a world class golf destination. Boasting two pure links golf courses designed by Tom Doak and the other by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw.

Te Arai Links is a scenic 90-minute drive from the Auckland CBD, or 25 minutes by helicopter. While only a short trip north of New Zealand’s largest city, you’ll find yourself in another world – surrounded by trees, sand dunes and coastal views over one of the country’s most stunning, white sand, surf beaches.

Te Arai Links comprises two pure-links golf courses, nestled into the undulating coastal landscape – each offering different perspectives of the stunning sea views and islands beyond.

The South Course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw opened October 2022 and recently debuted at #85 on the latest 23/24 Golf Magazine Top 100 Courses in the World List. The North Course designed by Tom Doak, opened October 2023, and already has raving reviews.

As you walk and marvel at the beauty of the courses, you’ll see and hear the sound of crashing surf, and smell the salt in the air as you enjoy all the special details and hospitality on offer.

North Course

The North Course starts and finishes on the ocean, but the unique character of the course will be found inland. The green of the par-4 5th hole, and the next tee, sit high on a ridge adjacent to an ancient Māori Pa, or hill fortress, built from the largest dune on the property, while the 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th greens sit in a shared bowl amongst the dunes.

Possibly the most dramatic holes on the course will be the 11th and 13th. The former is a long par-5 with an elevated green and a ‘whirlpool’ hazard to the right, some seven meters below the green. The 13th is a long par-4 with its green at the edge of a huge natural bunker, so that second shots have to be played over the sand or safely around to the left. It’s a hole very reminiscent of Pine Valley in New Jersey, and indeed so is much of the inland terrain at Te Arai.

It is odd having to apologize for a golf course that ‘only’ features the ocean for seven of the 18 holes, but that is how spoiled golfers have become by the best of New Zealand’s modern golf courses. The North Course promises to be near the head of the class.

Designed by Tom Doak, the same designer as sister course, Tara Iti (ranked #6 in the world), you can expect the North Course near the top of its class. Playing very differently than the South Course, with more inland golf and unique green shapes.

Course Yardage:
Championship: 6,931 (6,337 metres)
Back: 6,413 (5,861 metres)
Middle: 5,904 (5,397 metres)
Forward: 5,003 (4,574 metres)

South Course

At Te Arai Links we have been given a great gift, a uniquely special site for golf, comprised of sand dunes and landforms sculpted by the wind, adjacent to the sea.

Te Arai’s landforms vary from heaving sand ridges and meandering valleys to rumpled contours reminiscent of the classic seaside links on which the game began. These contours are the foundation and inspiration for the golf holes of Te Arai Links. The holes are as varied in appearance and character as the land itself. There are highly individualistic, some might even say, quirky holes like the shortish par fours at three, six and sixteen, each reflecting the drama and unique character of the landforms that created their concepts. There are more traditional yet equally dramatic holes like the inland second, the tenth and eleventh; and there are the visually spectacular seaside holes at seven, eight, nine and fifteen through eighteen.

There are lengthy holes and finesse holes. There are holes with varying shapes and sizes, with character and golf strategies based upon the natural contours we discovered on site.

The South Course at Te Arai Links has sixteen ocean view golf holes and eight holes bordering directly on the sea. Without question, it will be a photogenic and visually stunning golf course.

Course Yardage:
Championship: 6,843 (6,256 metres)
Back: 6,422 (5,870 metres)
Middle: 5,918 (5,410metres)
Forward: 5,075 (4,640 metres)

The accommodation options at Te Arai Links all share a luxuriously understated aesthetic and uncompromising build quality.

We tailor a range of high quality golf packages, encompassing the very best golf courses in New Zealand. Offering self drive itineraries, chauffeur driven, helicopter transfers or private jet options – the choice is yours. Simply contact us with your New Zealand golf vacation requirements.

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