Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears. ~Bobby Jones
Golf is like a love affair. If you don't take it seriously, it's no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart. ~Arthur Daley
It is hard to decide whether golf is a passion or an obsession, it is definitely addictive, with that illusive perfect shot luring one back the next day.
There are a number of world class courses throughout the country just waiting to challenge.
Western North Island
Eastern North Island
Carrington, Karekare Peninsula
The course is 6417 metres (7267 yards) in length, par 72, and encompasses a variety of terrains from rolling vales to challenging water holes.
This 6,400 metre, par 72 golf course is located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland.
Central North Island
Kinloch Club, Taupo
The par 72 eighteen hole Championship golf course measures 6734 metres from the Tournament tees.
Built as a green fee facility, rather than club facility, the course, is open to all who spend their holidays in the neighbourhood of Lake Taupo.
Eastern North Island
Lakes Resort Pauanui
Many of the country’s leading professionals, amateurs and golf writers have rated Lakes Resort in the top six in the country.
Undulating fairways, fast greens and intimidating bunkers at Pararaumu Beach combined with the naturally windy coastal weather make this a challenging links course.
The Clearwater golf course is built around a series of man-made lakes, bringing water into play on 14 holes.
Terrace Downs, Windwhistle
At a length of 6,440-metres, par 72this course includes 11 lakes and 70 bunkers with something to test even the most experienced golfer.
Otago / Deep South
Described as one of the finest alpine golf courses in the world. this a 6412 metre, par-72 is relatively wide open and trouble free for golfers of all handicaps
Jacks Point, Queenstown
The 6388 metre 18 hole par 72 championship course it offers golfers of any calibre a challenging and unforgettable experience.
Sir Michael Hill’s private course, the Par 72 inland links layout measures 6596m from the championship tees and is set over 500 acres of land across a glacial valley.