On the course’s 10th anniversary, American golf architect Tom Doak has done a podcast discussing Cape Kidnappers, a spectacular layout in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
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Day 31 Play Kasumigaseki (East) Train Tokyo/Kobe
At 7 am I took a 25-minute cab ride to Kasumigaseki (East Course rated 70, designed by Fujita and Alison 1929)(first played November 1988 and again July 1993/total two rounds) (26 miles northwest of Tokyo) where I was met by a lively playing companion Eiichiro (Eddie) Tsuji. He is a club committeeman and was snappily dressed in plus fours. Eddie is retired from the Mitsui trading company and had overseas stints in New York City, Montreal (he is still a member of Royal Montreal), and Sydney (still a member of The Australian). We were the first ones off the first tee at 7:50 am with a female caddie pushing a cart. The weather was overcast and warm, and no breeze was present. As the morning progressed the skies brightened, with the sun appearing on the eleventh tee, and the temperature reached the low 70’s.
Given all of the tough breaks that Christchurch, on the east coast of the South Island has endured in recent times, it is heartening to see a new golf development proceeding according to this recent article. New Zealand is truly a magnificent country with wonderful scenery, great golf, outstanding accommodations, superb wine and most importantly populated by charming, friendly people.
I have no doubt that the recent turmoil in New Zealand has affected their tourism industry. We can only hope that more good news like this in the pipeline. The recent GOLF Magazine Top 100 poll recognized Cape Kidnappers as #33 in the World as ultimately it is the cumulative effect of small pieces of information that generally help shape travelers destination of choice.