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The Golf Course at Cape Kidnappers

Golf Course

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course will begin their annual greens coring on the afternoon of September 7th. We expect the greens to heal in approximately four weeks and are happy to provide updates during this process. We will be offering a reduced rate during the healing process. Please see the rates schedule below:

September 8th - 30th - $150 Green Fee
October 1st – 12th – Low Season Rates (See rates below)
October 13th – High Season Rates (See rates below)

Please email with any questions.

Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. 

Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. See below for the interactive course guide or click here for our Hawke's Bay golf course green fees

Our well equipped Pro Shop is located within our rustic Clubhouse, and features an attractive selection of golf and casual wear. You'll also find premium ladies’ and men’s clubs, as well as golf shoes, available for rent.

The women’s and men’s locker rooms are fully appointed with day lockers, showers, towels, and sun screen. Should you wish to have lunch between the nines, an order can be placed with the Pro Shop before teeing off. Additionally, a full lunch menu is available after the round in the Clubhouse dining room. 

In 2008 and 2009 Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs hosted the Kiwi Challenge, our PGA TOUR Challenge event featuring four of the top PGA TOUR players under the age of 30. Hunter Mahan won the 2008 event, beating Anthony Kim in a playoff. In 2009, Anthony Kim was victorious in a playoff over Sean O’Hair.  

Learn more about the singular golf experience here by clicking on the audio podcasts below to play in your browser, or right click (Option/Click on Apple) and save the MP3 to your desktop.

PODCAST: On the occasion of Cape Kidnappers’s 10th birthday, architect Tom Doak talks about his favorite holes, what the course meant to his design career, and why Cape is "so cool”.

PODCAST: Pilot Rianne Cole chats on the joys of flying the EC-130 and conducting scenic heli-tours high above New Zealand's Northland. 

PODCAST: Why the Kidnappers ecosystem is so special, for golf and gannets.

The Course
Click image below to download the Cape Kidnappers Yardage Guide.

In the words of course designer Tom Doak... 

"Our goal in designing golf courses is to create interesting holes you wouldn't find anywhere else. That wasn't hard to do at Cape Kidnappers, because the site is not like anywhere else in golf. If it were any bigger or any more dramatic, it would probably be cordoned off as a national park. It's an overwhelming experience to stand up on the cliffs, 140 meters above sea level, and look out across the waves far below in Hawke's Bay.

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.

For myself and my associates, it was a great adventure to track up the hill every day and build a golf course in such a remarkable setting. We hope you enjoy your time here as much as we have. New Zealand is a long way from home, but Cape Kidnappers is never far from our hearts."

Cape Kidnappers Videos 

Architect Tom Doak narrates aerial tours of his two favorites holes at Cape Kidnappers.

This video provides a stunning overview of the international award winning golf course at Cape Kidnappers, designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak.

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