Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, The Farm encompasses terrain which is reminiscent of Montana with cliffs that plunge 800 feet into the sea and 180 degree views of the pacific. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers was ranked #2 in New Zealand and the South Pacific by Travel+Leisure (South Asia) Magazine "T+L 500 World's Best Hotels" January 2010.
2004 Golf Course of the year Travel + Leisure Golf
Ranked #34 in the world by Golf Magazine.
Tom Doak, President of Renaissance Golf Design Inc, designed the course using his minimalist design philosophy - characterized by the utilization of natural topographical features and restraint in earthmoving.
The goal in designing the course was 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. 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 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.
At the twelfth and fifteenth you'll play right out to land's end, and 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.
We hope you enjoy your time here as much as we do. New Zealand may be a long way from home, but we hope that Cape Kidnappers is never far from your heart.
The clubhouse incorporates sandwiches and drinks, men's and ladies locker rooms, and the golf shop - which has the latest in designer labels including Footjoy, Polo Ralph Lauren, Cross and Fairway & Greene. A knowledgeable and helpful sales team are on-site to assist with all your golfing needs.
- 18 hole award-winning golf course
- Club house with sandwiches and drinks available
- Golf shop with on-site sales staff
- Golf cart, caddy, and hire available