Teeing Off In New Zealand

The newly-opened Tara Iti Golf Club is exclusive and exquisite. 

Opened in October after much anticipation, Tara Iti Golf Club is a Tom Doak design a little more than an hour’s drive north of Auckland, New Zealand. Set on a peninsula of sand dunes where a river meets the Pacific Ocean, the property has the undulations and rich textures of native plant life that golf connoisseurs love. “It’s always special to build a real links course,” the architect says. “And we went for it—we planted wall-to-wall fescue, with a few people scratching their heads because no other course in New Zealand has done that.” Compelling holes abound—one early favorite is the seventh, which Doak said might be the shortest par-four he’s ever built. “It’s 260 yards to a tiny green with a hollow in front...kind of like the Valley of Sin [at St Andrews], only with a little more up and over to it.” Tara Iti is a private club but there are plans to allow limited visitor play with board-of-directors approval. legacypartners.co.nz.

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