The week is flying by! Are you following the US Masters? We are and it's very fitting to see the tournament being dedicated to honoring "The King" Arnold Palmer.
As we near the weekend and no doubt a thrilling climax to the Masters tournament, we've been busy helping new clients and their desired golf travel itineraries around New Zealand.
In our previous post, we talked about the "why" for golf travel and today we will talk a little bit about the "where" and "how".
New Zealand as a golfing destination offers over 400 golf courses which makes it second to Scotland in having the most golf courses per capita. In a naturally beautiful country such as New Zealand, these many golf courses are the best place to marvel at the scenic views and get excited about spending time in a unique country.
The top courses in New Zealand that are regularly ranked in the world rankings are known as marquee courses. Read more about New Zealand's marquee golf courses here. Similar courses in this category are "experience courses" which though not as prominent as the marquee courses still offer fantastic golf, fantastic views and of course a fantastic experience. Read more about New Zealand's golf architecture here.
What other interests do you have? If you are a wine connosieur, then there are a number of golf courses in New Zealand's wine producing regions that would suit a customised golf and wine tour.
For example just north of Auckland is Matakana, a popular getaway destination and wine region offering a number of wineries, boutique luxury accommodation, artisan produce, beaches, nature walks, festivals and events. View the video below from Visit Auckland about the Matakana Coast and region.
Surrounding this region is a number of golf courses worth visiting.
Omaha Beach Golf Club is a "hidden gem" experience golf course located in Matakana on the coast. A links style course, it offers a classic New Zealand golfing experience with beautiful native Totara, Pohutikawa, Manuka and Kahikitea trees all adding to natural beauty of the course.
Warkworth Golf Club is a wonderful country golf club located right in the middle of the Matakana wine region. One of the oldest clubs in New Zealand, it is steeped in history and is well worth a visit to understand local New Zealand golfing culture.
Gulf Harbour Country Club on the way back into Auckland from a multi-day trip to Matakana, is a championship New Zealand marquee golf course with stunning views on the back nine that look out over the Pacific.
If you are interested in booking a PGNZ Golf and Wine Tour to Matakana or other wine producing regions in New Zealand, contact us today and we will put together a package for you. We can arrange all transport whether you want to drive, be driven or fly to Matakana in an helicopter!