Golf at Cape Kidnappers
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. It's an overwhelming experience to stand up on the cliffs, 140 meters above sea level, and look out across the waves.
Completed in 2004, this spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf.
Cape Kidnappers is not true links terrain, with the wrinkles of sand dunes; instead the land tilts toward the sea as a series of ridges jutting out toward the edge of the cliffs. Yet, the play is seaside golf at its finest. The surface is firm and fast, the conditions can be windy, and the player who can control his trajectory will be master of the course. You'll hit shots over the tops of the tea trees, and play along the edges of deep ravines. If you stray on your approaches, you'll actually hope to get caught up in bunkers hanging off the green's edge, some of them deeper than you've ever seen before. Three times, you'll have to make the perilous leap from the end of one ridge to the end of the next. And at the sixth and fifteenth holes it's possible to pull your approach off the very end of the earth, though it will take nearly ten seconds of hang time for your ball to reach the ocean below.