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 Dunedin, that shrinks to just minutes – and all are easily accessible with a car rental from the Hertz Dunedin Airport Car Rental location. 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 Dunedin Airport car hire.
Otago Golf Club is the oldest golf club in the Southern Hemisphere. Its championship course, Balmacewen, is recognised as one of the country’s finest. On offer is a unique blend of links and parkland golf with wonderful views of the city, the Otago Peninsula and the surrounding hills. There are 18 holes and it is par 71.
The 18-hole, par 71 St Clair Golf Club perches on the cliffs above Dunedin’s St Clair Beach and enjoys panoramic views of the rugged coastline. It is over 100 years old and has hosted the New Zealand Open among many other national and international sporting events. There are three sets of tees guaranteed to appeal to all skill levels.
The tree lined Taieri Lakes Golf Course is nearly a century old and enjoys a position sheltered from winds and it is generally warmer than in the city, which is just a few minutes away. The 18 hole course has a practice fairway, practice bunkers and putting greens, and three lakes that add an extra level of difficulty to four of the holes.
Chisholm Park Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 71 championship links course just five minutes from Dunedin. It has hosted several top tournaments in recent years. Overlooking the beach with views of the Pacific Ocean, players will be treated to pristine grounds and stunning scenery.