New Zealand is a mecca of world-class golf courses with the highest number of golf courses per capita in the world. There are almost 400 courses around the country, ranging from six holes to nine or 18 holes, as well as several 18-plus hole courses.
Golfing is almost as ubiquitous as the sea on this island nation. You are never further than one hour from a golf course – and in Christchurch, that shrinks to just minutes – and all are easily accessible with a car rental from Hertz Christchurch. Golf courses in New Zealand offer good value for money and an array of beautiful environments, including some quite unusual courses. From small rural clubs to premium courses, this is a dream golfing destination. The dress code is generally standard across courses – collared shirts and golf shoes with socks.
Here are some golf courses to check out with your Christchurch Airport car hire.
Terrace Downs offers a background for golfers unlike anywhere else in the world. Tucked away at the foot of the Southern Alps an hour away from Christchurch, it makes the most of its natural environment – you’ll be hard pressed to keep your eyes on the ball. The par 72 course is 6,440 metres long encompassing 11 lakes and 70 bunkers, offering challenges for all calibres with four tees per hole. The signature hole is the 16th, with views across the Rakaia River to Mt Hutt. Onsite there’s also fine dining, a spa and other activities from shooting to fishing.
Just a stone’s throw from Christchurch is Clearwater, home to the New Zealand Women’s Golf Open. Enjoy the level fairways and mountain views and six tee positions per hole. There’s a plethora of water challenges that will put your skills to the test.
The newest of the par 72 championship courses in Canterbury, Pegasus is half an hour from Christchurch Airport. Lakes, wetlands and parklands, plus four tee options per hole, add up to a winning formula. Retreat to the putting green or driving range once you complete the course, or take a dip in Lake Pegasus.