I'm a bit torn apart when it comes to this golf course, it was the course that made me go to NZ for a golfing trip in the first place, however, it turned out to be the biggest "disappointment" (if you can call it that) of the trip.
Let me explain, based on the widely circuited and most famous picture of the course (the drone/helicopter shoot of the fairways above the cliff), I was expecting the course to present you with magnificent views of cliffs and a dramatic see side, similar to what you get when playing Old Head or Thracian Cliffs, the reality however is very different. Aside from hole number 12 and 15 you hardly get this experience, and even there, it is not as overwhelming as you would expect, in that sense, the course was disappointing.
That being said, if had not build this expectation in my head, objectively speaking, the course and facilities are very impressive. First of all, you get to take a 15 minute drive on private property, which I taught was just insane (impressive, but still), when you arrive at the clubhouse, there is a beautiful sense of misconception, the clubhouse, from outside, does not look like much and blends nicely into the surroundings, on the inside however, the feeling is completely different, tastefully decorated and boosting with space, truly nice contrast to what you see from outside.
The staff is very friendly and accommodating, not surprising, I was one out of maybe 10 golfers on that day, the practice facilities are nice and well maintained as is the course.
As mentioned above, I was expecting something different from this one, if I disregard my expectations, the course really is fun to play and in excellent condition. The front nine are positioned inland and have a lot of up/down tricky green positions and well placed traps. the back nine run more along the sea-line with a bit flatter layout and maybe easier to play, except if you get there on a windy day, than your up for some long tee shots.
All in all, very impressive, excellent maintenance and hospitality and well worth playing, just don't relay to much on the cliffside photos, you don't get the views from the course.
ZigaStajner | 16-04-2019 | review: Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Loved every moment at Cape Kidnappers! The views are amazing and the conditions are perfect ‚õ≥ÔłŹ played really well and we had all the time as we were the only one on the golfcourse. True miljonair golf.
Golfgirl_Jolien | 16-12-2018 | review: Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Probably one of the coolest and most dramatic golf experience you can get in my opinion, it’s that big, bold course that clearly stands out as the ultimate bucket list course for most of us. It was in great condition and offered fun risk- and reward options. Some say that the experience from playing here it isn’t the same as seeing the beautiful photos taken from air, I can be kind of tired on that statement - even if it can be 50% correct- but there are hardly any golf course that actually beats the views you will get at Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. It’s a masterpiece signed by one of our best golf architects of our time, Tom Doak, and the course that you need to play once in your life. The highlight in my opinion is the 15th also known as ”The Pirates Plank”, a brutal par 5 out on the cliffs that challenge your golfing capacity to a new level. If you ever get the chance, go here.
sjomanart | 08-11-2017 | review: Cape Kidnappers Golf Course