Cape Kidnappers

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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  • Built in 2004
  • Designed by Tom Doak
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    Blue Tees
  • Par 71
  • SSS 76
  • 7137 Yards
  • White Tees
  • Par 71
  • SSS 74
  • 6686 Yards
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  • Par 71
  • SSS 72
  • 6242 Yards
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    Set on top of towering cliffs above Hawkes Bay lays a wild and thrilling golf adventure, regarded as New Zealand's most magnificent golf course. Opened in 2004, built upon a 5000 acre sheep farm just outside of Napier on the eastern coast of the North Island is Cape Kidnappers Golf Course.

    Created by Tom Doak, the 18-hole championship course sits on the ocean peninsula better known as the home to the world's most accessible gannet colony. Every hole has a view of the ocean, and Doak was able to route his course to incorporate several stunning fairways along the very edge of the cliff tops, placing greens in positions where any ball that misses will plunge down 500 feet of sheer drop.

    Cape Kidnappers feels like an old-style Scottish course and was designed to blend in with the rolling coastal farmland. The land tilts toward the sea as a series of ridges which jut out toward the edge of the cliffs.

    The play is seaside golf at its finest. You'll hit heroic shots over the top of tea trees and play anxiously along the edges of deep ravines. At the sixth and fifteenth holes it is possible to hit your approach off the very end of the earth, though it will take nearly 10 seconds of hang time for your ball to reach the ocean.

    The fairways are fast and firm, the rough is impossible, and the conditions can be very windy, so the player who can hit the ball straight and control trajectory will be master of the course.

    The course itself took its name from the famed Cape Kidnappers Peninsula named by Captain James Cook during his voyage to Australia and New Zealand in 1769.

    Recently, it was selected as the "Best New Course of 2004" built anywhere in the World by Travel and Leisure Golf magazine. And, Cape Kidnappers is now the Top Rated Golf Course in New Zealand according to Golf Digest (May, 2005) and Golf Magazine (August, 2005). Esquire Magazine (August, 2005) called a round at Cape Kidnappers one of the "Top 10 Life-Enhancing Items" in the World to experience.

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  • Cape Kidnappers, 448 Clifton Road, Te Awagna, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • +64 6 875 1900
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  • Weekday Green Fees
  • NZ$400 per Round Peak Season
  • NZ$300 per Round Off Peak
  • Weekend Green Fees
  • NZ$400 per Round Peak Season
  • NZ$300 per Round Off Peak
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  • Not Avaliable
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  • Advanced Booking Required
  • Visitors Welcome
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  • Handicap Certificate Required
  • Handicap Maximum: Men 24/Women 36
  • Dress code: Normal golfing attire
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  • Floodlit Driving Range
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