Sunday Reading & Golf Travel (Japan)

Sunday Reading & Golf Travel (Japan)

Sunday is here. What a marvelous day to be out on the golf course. Which club do you belong to and where is your favourite course?

Yesterday, we asked if you knew what country the photo below is from and if you guessed Japan, then you were right!

Asagiri Jamboree GC, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Asagiri Jamboree GC, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Japan as a country is an already well known land of unique experiences and cultural fascination. The fusion of millenia old heritage with modern day technological marvel, combined with the three pronged natural interplay of land, sea and air means that Japan is always going to be an exciting destination to visit.

Layer those thoughts with the fact that Japan is a major golf playing nation and as a golf traveler, a premium golf tour to Japan is going to be one of immense enjoyment and satisfaction that allow excellent memories to become permanently etched into your mind.

Golf courses, from the many private and exclusive clubs to reasonably priced country clubs can be found up and down the Japanese archipelago but always offering a distinct Japanese flavour. The courses offer challenge and testing of one's skill while also allowing you to be connected to the Japanese experience.

Today we will showcase two of the top ranked golf courses in Japan.

Hirono Golf Club is located in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture and is an exclusive members club. Ranked unanimously as the best course in Japan, that accolade is backed up by the fact that many of Japan's major championships and tournaments have been played here. Designed by Charles Alison, a renowned architect of many of Japan's courses, this course is a magical blend of golfing intrigue, steeped history and challenging golf skill.

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One of Japan's most iconic features is Mt Fuji in Shizuoka prefecture, located approximately 2 hours south of Tokyo. Around this mountain, a number of golf courses with stunning views of the mountain can be found.

On the Izu peninsula which juts out from the mainland, we can find Kawana Fuji course which sits along the rocky coastline and is considered one of the most spectacular courses in the country. A round here is priced in the upper echelons of expensive green fees but there is good reason. Kawana provides a unique experience as you tee off on many of its challenging holes that blend in with the local scenery and nature. The views towards Mt Fuji, and then towards the sea are mesmerising and you may be forgiven for not focusing too much on achieving your lowest ever score!

Kawana Fuji Golf Club

Kawana Fuji Golf Club

Today we have given a mere sample of the many golfing delights in Japan and will be sharing more about this fantastic destination. 

With the next rugby World cup to be hosted in Japan in 2019, followed by the Olympics in 2020 and the World Masters Games in 2022, there is no better time over the next few years to consider and book a premium golf tour to the land of the rising sun.

 

PGNZ International Golf Travel Destinations Series

PGNZ International Golf Travel Destinations Series

The weekend is here! Weekends are for golf, wine and thinking about future golf travel plans.

Where would you like to play? Which country would you like to experience?

Every weekend we showcase a new destination in our series of spectacular international golf travel destinations. See our dedicated page here or click on the links in the list below.

Do you know which golf course and in which country the photo is from below?

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Tomorrow we will showcase more about this very exciting golf travel destination that has for many decades been a pillar of world golf but is now awakening to the marvels of sustainable golf tourism!

In the meantime, read more about our other international travel destinations below. Interested in visiting these destinations? Use our book now! page to contact us and find out how you can start your exclusive premium golf tour!

Explore golf courses on the vast continent of Australia 

Find out about golf experiences in "Malaysia , Truly Asia!"

Discover the pacific golf paradise of Fiji

Experience the "fire and ice" of golf courses in Iceland

Embrace the culture, wine and golf in Argentina

Relax in style and hit 18 holes in Mauritius

Marvel at the whales going by as you tee off in Mexico

Bask in the sun on the courses of Hawaii

Indulge yourself in the opulent golf clubs of Dubai

Appreciate European style and fashionable golf in France

Revel in the golf festival delights of Panama

Play under the snows of Mt Kilimanjaro in East Africa

Enjoy the delights of the Caribbean in the Dominican Republic 

and feel amazed in the golfing republic of South Africa.

PGNZ Friday Par 5 Quiz

PGNZ Friday Par 5 Quiz

TGIF! Thank Golf It's Friday! Only one day until the weekend! 

Where will you be playing this weekend?

The Kinloch Club

The Kinloch Club

Here is this week's PGNZ Friday Par 5 Quiz! All answers can be found on our website or in our blog.

Tee shot: In which country would you find the following golf courses - Fancourt Links and the Durban Country Club

Middle of the fairway: Where is the "Extreme 19th" golfing experience located?

(Alternative Albatross Shot:) Which famous South African golf legend has a course named after him and is the venue for the Nedbank Golf Challenge?

Approach Shot:   Which famous New Zealand marquee course is rated as one of the top in the world across a wide selection of rankings?

(Alternative Eagle Shot: In which part of the North Island of New Zealand would you find Cape Kidnappers? 

Birdie Putt:  Where will the 2019 Presidents Cup be held?

Par Save: What are the dates of PGNZ's new "summer series" tournament?

Premium Golf Events

Premium Golf Events

Last night was the fifth round of the Premium Golf NZ Twilight Series at Maungakiekie and it was great to see another full field of keen golfers enjoying a typically beautiful New Zealand spring evening.

We are now well into our Premium Summer of Golf campaign and invite you to come join us at one of many upcoming events.

We have two golf coaching clinics coming up which are lead by our Director of Golf, PGA professional Haldane Lee. Find out more here.

We are now the main organisors of the popular Summer Series which runs between Dec 27-30th. Find out more at our dedicated "Premium Golf NZ Summer Series" webpage here.

Late March next year we will be running our final major event of the campaign - The Premium Cup, an amateur strokeplay tournament to be played at Wainui Golf Club. The winner of that tournament will receive a trip to the Vietnam World Masters tournament next September in 2018. (Details and terms and conditions coming soon!)

Are you interested in golf travel both in New Zealand or around the world. Contact us today and we will be happy to meet with you, have a coffee and find out where you would like to go. Use our contact page to book a no-obligation appointment.

Enjoy the summer and your golf!

 

 

New Zealand Luxury Destination

New Zealand Luxury Destination

New Zealand is fast becoming one of the world's most desired luxury travel destinations, especially for those who are seeking new and unique experiences.

For discerning golf travelers, New Zealand is a luxury golf travel paradise that caters for all levels of desires and needs. 

The country has a fine selection of luxury lodges, many located next to or close to one of New Zealand's marquee golf courses. Huka Lodge in Taupo, consistently ranked in the top three lodges of the world, is a complete luxury haven where the hospitality, lodgings, cuisine and extensive wine cellar all combine to deliver an unparalled sense of joy and pure comfort. 

In all of the main regions of New Zealand with their distinct geography, character and history, one can find a luxury lodge and a golf course. Complimenting the golf and luxury lodgings is a myriad of unique travel experiences such as trout fishing, helicopter scenic flights, winery tours, Maori cultural shows and unique culinary delights to wrap one's taste buds around.

To experience New Zealand as a golfer, check out our ultimate premium New Zealand golf tour which allows you to experience the finest of New Zealand golf courses, the finest of New Zealand luxury lodges and the finest of New Zealand hospitality. Click here to read more.

If you wish to have absolute privacy and exclusivity in your tour, contact us today!

Tuesday Travel Scramble

Tuesday Travel Scramble

If you had the opportunity to play all 100 top ranked golf courses in the world, would you? Some golf travelers have that particular desire and some golf travelers have the desire to play only a selection of accesible courses.

What are the top 100 ranked golf courses in the world?

Here are three different lists

The World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses from Golf Digest

Top 100 Golf Courses from Top100golfcourses.com

Top 100 Golf Courses in the world from golf.com

The one New Zealand course that features the highest in these three lists is Cape Kidnappers, sister course to Kauri Cliffs. Watch the video below.

Have you played Cape Kidnappers? If you haven't, talk to us today about arranging a trip there and the Hawkes Bay with its plentiful sun and many vineyards.

Once you have finished playing 18 holes at Cape Kidnappers, it will be time to think about playing 18 other stunning golf courses around the world. 

Let us know what your ultimate 18 course golf tour would be? We will put together an exclusive and personalised bespoke travel itinerary for you!

Premium Summer of Golf!

Premium Summer of Golf!

A new week is upon us. Did you have a great weekend of golf? Where did you play and what did you shoot?

Where did you play?

Where did you play?

As we head closer to the end of the year, and the weather gets a lot warner, our "#premiumsummerofgolf" campaign is well underway and there are some exciting events coming up.

We have a coaching clinic coming up on Thursday November 26th. Find out more here.

Dec 27th - 30 we will overseeing the ever popular "Auckland Summer Series", a 4 day tournament series of events at 4 Auckland golf courses. Final details are being confirmed. Follow all the action at the dedicated website www.summerseries.co.nz

Every Wednesday night is the Premium Golf NZ Maungakiekie Twilight Series which starts at 545pm. We hope to see you there one night!

Enjoy your week and enjoy your golf!

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Sunday Reading & Golf Travel (South Africa)

Sunday rolls around again! Have you been out on the course this weekend improving your handicap? 

Will you be in Auckland between Christmas and New Years? Stay tuned for some exciting news that we will be sharing soon in regards to an upcoming event series on Dec 27-30th!

Yesterday we asked if you knew which country the photos in the gallery were from? If you said South Africa then you were correct! 

It is best to consider South Africa as a golf destination that not only provides great golfing experiences but also as a destination packed full with a wide range and selection of unique and exciting travel experiences. Wine, luxurious accommodation, wild animal safaris, luxury train journeys, great white shark diving, plus major sporting and cultural events that are just some of the options to consider.

South Africa has also produced some of the best golfers on the planet including the all time great golf champion Gary Player plus modern day golf champions, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, so golf is very much a visible and apparent part of the South African story.

The top three golf courses in the country are as follows:

Fancourt Links

The 16th Hole at Fancourt Links

The 16th Hole at Fancourt Links

Durban Country Club

Durban Country Club

Gary Player Country Club - home of the Nedbank Challenge hosted by Gary Player

Gary Player Country Club - home of the Nedbank Challenge hosted by Gary Player

For the adventurous and thrill seeking golfers out there, the Par 3 "Extreme 19th" at the Legend Signature Golf Course is a helicopter only golfing experience that is so unique, it is a must add to any extreme golfing list! Watch this video here to understand what it is all about. Even better, book a tour to South Africa with us and experience it for yourself!

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With a favourable exchange rate, South Africa is different from other major golf destinations and gives you more value for your money. With inbound international flights from most major hubs, South Africa is easily accessible and a great opportunity for new golf travel experiences. 

PGNZ International Golf Travel Destination Series

Welcome to another exciting weekend? Where will you be playing this weekend?

This month is the #shelovesgolf campaign month for the Love Golf initiative from New Zealand Golf. Read more here to find out where events are on this month. Maungakiekie Golf Club, the course where are we are sponsoring their summer twilight series, is holding an event run by their NZPGA professional and our Director of Golf, the NZGOLFDOCTOR, Haldane Lee on Sunday 19th November. Find out more and register your interest here.

For all those introducing themselves to the wonderful world of golf, we also encourage them to think about golf travel both here in New Zealand and around the world. Combining all your desired travel and leisure interests with golf is a fantastic way to see the world.

Every week we showcase a new destination in our ongoing series of international golf travel destinations. Do you know which country the above pictures are from?

Tomorrow as part of our regular Sunday Reading & Golf Travel posting, we will share more about this superb golf travel destination that is offers style, class, championship golf, and unique travel experiences. 

In the meantime.......

Explore golf courses on the vast continent of Australia 

Find out about golf experiences in "Malaysia , Truly Asia!"

Discover the pacific golf paradise of Fiji

Experience the "fire and ice" of golf courses in Iceland

Embrace the culture, wine and golf in Argentina

Relax in style and hit 18 holes in Mauritius

Marvel at the whales going by as you tee off in Mexico

Bask in the sun on the courses of Hawaii

Indulge yourself in the opulent golf clubs of Dubai

Appreciate European style and fashionable golf in France

Revel in the golf festival delights of Panama

Play under the snows of Mt Kilimanjaro in East Africa

and enjoy the delights of the Caribbean in the Dominican Republic.

PGNZ Friday Par5 Quiz

PGNZ Friday Par5 Quiz

T.G.I.F - Thank Golf It's Friday! Is this you in the picture below enjoying a round on one of our beautiful New Zealand Queenstown golf courses?

Millbrook Resort, Queenstown

Millbrook Resort, Queenstown

Here is this week's PGNZ Friday Par 5 Quiz! All answers can be found on our website or in our blog.

Tee shot: In which country would you find the Corales Golf Course at the Puntacana Resort and Club?

Middle of the fairway: What major international pro-am event will be held next year 24-27th July?

(Alternative Albatross Shot:  Which famous course in Scotland will the aforementioned international pro-am be played on?)

Hint: See the picture below!

Approach Shot: PGNZ has two golf clinics coming up over the summer - what are the two dates? (Hint: See here)

(Alternative Eagle Shot:  What is the name of PGNZ's Director of Golf?

Birdie Putt:  Which marquee course in our "Central Plateau Golf & Wine Tour" is ranked as the 16th best golf course in the world?

Par Save: How many destinations have we showcased on our blog in our series of International golf travel destinations?

Sign up to our newsletter and send us an email with your answers. If you are one of the first three people to get them all correct, we will send you a set of PGNZ branded Srixon golf balls.

Tomorrow we will be showcasing a new destination in our series of International golf travel destinations! 

Have a great Friday and get ready for an exciting weekend of golf.

Where in the world is the Corales Golf Course?

Where in the world is the Corales Golf Course?

Premium Golf NZ Twilight Series at Maungakiekie

Premium Golf NZ Twilight Series at Maungakiekie

Last night was Round 4 of the Premium Golf NZ Twilight Series at Maungakiekie. This is a great twilight series with most rounds attracting a full field. Contact the club to find out more about registering. This series has a long history and we are excited to be sponsors. Below are some photos from previous rounds and the prizegiving!

Golf Scenes in New Zealand

Golf Scenes in New Zealand

What motivates you the most out on the golf course? Is it a relentless pursuit of scoring below 60 or a long term strategy of marginal improvements? Or perhaps it is just the desire to spend non-working time outside with like minded people and enjoying a sport that combines mental and physical skill?

Whatever your motivation is, all golfers can appreciate the wonderful connection with nature found on the courses and the interplay of land, grass, air and scenic views that invokes all our senses. New Zealand as an island nation and with over 400 different courses is not only a golfers paradise, but also a golf travelers paradise and a golf photographer's paradise!

Below are some golf scenes from our Instagram account. Follow us online and share your favourite golf scenes from New Zealand and around the world.

Tuesday Travel Scramble

Tuesday Travel Scramble

Do you have a top ten list of your favourite golf courses? Like a favourite wine, is there one course that you want to "consume" again and again?

Connect with us during the Premium Summer of Golf and let us know your favourite golf destinations. 

Enjoy your Tuesday and keep thinking about great golf travel destinations!

The Kinloch Club Taupo New Zealand

The Kinloch Club Taupo New Zealand

Premium Summer of Golf

Premium Summer of Golf

The weekend has come and gone and a new week is ahead of us. Are you considering some golf travel? There are a number of tournaments coming up that are well worth attending including the following:

If you are not interested in tournaments then there is an almost limitless selection of golf travel destinations that provide unique and fascinating golf experiences. See our posting yesterday about the Dominican Republic for example.

Puntacana Resort & Club Dominican Republic

Puntacana Resort & Club Dominican Republic

Here in New Zealand, spring is slowly transforming into summer and our "premium summer of golf" campaign is well underway. Find out more here.

To stay up to date with all the happenings, follow us via our social media channels or sign up to our newsletter below.

Sunday Reading & Golf Travel (Dominican Republic)

Sunday Reading & Golf Travel (Dominican Republic)

Here at Premium Golf NZ, we are committed to growing the game and helping golfers to nurture their love of the game and travel around the world to play on beautiful and unique golf courses. We facilitate this through our extensive collection of golf tours both here in New Zealand and around the world.

Yesterday, we asked if you knew where the picture below is from. If you guessed the Corales Golf Course at the Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic, you were correct.

Corales Golf Club, Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic

Corales Golf Club, Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic

Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is a country that shares the Hispaniola Island with Haiti. As the most visited destination in the region, there is good reason for its popularity including its many championship grade golf courses that are playable year round and offer excellent playing conditions and experiences.

Easily accessible from all major international hubs in the American hemisphere, the Dominican Republic provides real value for money and experience in terms of golf tour offerings. Watch the video below to understand how the Dominican Republic "has it all!"

The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo and offers an excellent vibe of culture, history, art, cuisine, wine and luxurious accommodation. There are options to stay in 5 star regulars such as the Sheraton or the Crown Plaza, but there is also the opportunity to stay in a historically important palace from the 15th century, the Hostal Nicolas de Ovando Santo Domingo that has been converted into a 5 star luxury hotel.

In Santo Domingo there are several excellent golf courses. We will highlight two today that re located in the nearby beach town resort of Juan Dolio

The Guavaberry Golf and Country Club is home to a Gary Player designed 18 hole course that is challenging but incredibly beautiful and has a number of unique natural features such as a waterfall, coral rock formations, holes that blend into a tropical forest and numerous water features that come into play.

The Costa Blanca golf course, also in Juan Dolio is a Greg Norman Signature course and being located next to the coast, the beautiful blue waters of the Carribean provide an stunning spectacular backdrop.

After warming up with a couple of scintillating rounds and getting a feel for life in the Dominican Republic, it is time to head east for the Puntacana Resort & Club where you will require at least 4 days to fully experience this wonderful part of the world.

Your luxurious lodgings at The Westin Puntacana Resort and Club

Your luxurious lodgings at The Westin Puntacana Resort and Club

After checking into the Westin , it is time to get out and play one of the two highly rated golf courses.

The Corales Golf Course is a Tom Fazio designed 18 hole course with six very dramatic seaside holes that provide an exhilarating challenge for all golfers.

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La Cana Golf Club is a 27 hole course featuring three separate nines. Designed by Peter Dye, the course offers 14 holes with ocean views and is often talked about as the number one golf course in the Carribean.

Watch the video below to get a feel for this extraordinary place.

 

The Dominican Republic is a fantastic golf travel destination that indeed, does have it all. We offer tours to this great destination all year round and welcome you to experience it yourself.

PGNZ International Golf Travel Destination Series

PGNZ International Golf Travel Destination Series

The first weekend of November is here! Less than two months until Christmas. Have you begun your Christmas shopping? Consider getting that golf-mad member of your family a once-in-a-lifetime trip to play on some of the best golf courses in the world. We arrange tours all around the world to all golfing destinations and can create the most unique of golf tours to suit all desires and interests.

Where in the world is this golf course?

Where in the world is this golf course?

Every week we showcase a new destination in our ongoing series of international golf travel destinations. Do you know where the golf course above is located and in which country?

Tomorrow as part of our regular Sunday Reading & Golf Travel posting, we will share more about this intriguing and fascinating golf travel destination that is fast becoming more and more popular.

In the meantime, read through our previous posts below:

Explore golf courses on the vast continent of Australia 

Find out about golf experiences in "Malaysia , Truly Asia!"

Discover the pacific golf paradise of Fiji

Experience the "fire and ice" of golf courses in Iceland

Embrace the culture, wine and golf in Argentina

Relax in style and hit 18 holes in Mauritius

Marvel at the whales going by as you tee off in Mexico

Bask in the sun on the courses of Hawaii

Indulge yourself in the opulent golf clubs of Dubai

Appreciate European style and fashionable golf in France

Revel in the golf festival delights of Panama

and play under the snows of Mt Kilimanjaro in East Africa

PGNZ Friday Par5 Quiz!

PGNZ Friday Par5 Quiz!

TGIF! Thank Golf It's Friday! 

Have you checked the weather forecast and are you planning on playing golf somewhere you've never played before? In New Zealand, there is such a great choice of golf courses that no matter where you are you can easily find a hidden gem or a course that-you've-always-wanted-to-play-but-haven't!

Here is this week's PGNZ Friday Par 5 Quiz! All answers can be found on our website or in our blog.

Tee shot: What is the name of PGNZ's new summer campaign?

Middle of the fairway: What is the name of the inner city Auckland golf course that PGNZ is the current sponsors for their 2017/2018 Twilight Series?

(Alternative Albatross Shot:) How many marquee golf courses does Auckland have?

Approach Shot:   Who won the recent Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship held at Royal Wellington Golf Club?

(Alternative Eagle Shot: What are the dates and where will next years Ryder Cup be held? (Hint: See here)

Birdie Putt:  Where will the 2019 Presidents Cup be held?)

Par Save: In which country would you find the golf course in the picture below?

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Think you got them all right? Send us your answers via our contact page and if you are one of the first three with all the correct answers, we will send you a set of PGNZ labelled Srixon golf balls. 

Have a fantastic Friday and enjoy your weekend of golf!

 

New Zealand Golf & Wine Tours

New Zealand Golf & Wine Tours

Are you a fan of both golf and wine? New Zealand is one of those unique countries in the world that combines the best of golfing experiences with an excellent selection of wineries and wine tasting opportunities. Whether you are a fan of white or red wine, there is a region in New Zealand that will cater for your wine tastes. There will also be a number of great courses nearby to play and experience.

Have a read of one of our most popular golf and wine tours here

Want to read more about New Zealand wines. Read this fantastic guide to New Zealand wine regions provided by New Zealand Wine.

"A selection of New Zealand Wines"

"A selection of New Zealand Wines"

New Zealand Golf Tours

New Zealand Golf Tours

New Zealand is a popular travel destination because not only does it offer an excellent selection of golfing experiences, it also has some of the world's best luxury resorts and a whole range of unique travel experiences to suit all kinds of discerning travelers.

Here at Premium Golf NZ, we offer standard tours to all golf courses and regions within New Zealand. Find out more about these packages here.

Experience world class golfing experiences in New Zealand such as at Kauri Cliffs.

Experience world class golfing experiences in New Zealand such as at Kauri Cliffs.

We also offer an ultimate New Zealand golfing experience playing golf at all New Zealand marquee golf courses . This tour spares no expense and offers incredible value and experiences. Find out more here.

Tuesday Travel Scramble

Tuesday Travel Scramble

Undoubtedly you will be a fan of golf travel. What sort of golf traveller are you? Do you desire only to play the traditional and most popular courses around the world? Or are you a little bit more adventurous and keen to experience golf in new and exciting destinations? Or perhaps you want to balance up your rounds of golf in another country with a series of unique and fascinating travel experiences. Whatever type of golf traveller you are, we are able to cater for your needs.

In today's "Tuesday travel scramble" we are going to share some upcoming events and some information on how you can attend.

In the next two years or so, there will be a number of exciting tournaments coming up including 

- The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open which be held in Queenstown March 1-4th 2018

- The 82nd edition of the US Masters April 5th-8th 2018

- The 42nd Ryder Cup which will be held in France September 25-30th 2018

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- The Presidents Cup which will be held in Melbourne Australia, December 9-15th, 2019

Talk to us today to find our more information on how you can attend these superb golfing events. We offer bespoke packages and tours to all the above events and subject to availability, we can create your very own unique golf tour.