A Greenside Chat: The Story of Cape Kidnappers & Kauri Cliffs ~ Defining Luxury in New Zealand

This week our guest for a Greenside Chat is Jon McCord, Director of Golf at Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs, two of the world’s most stunning courses located on the North Island of New Zealand. Jon discusses his journey from growing up in a small town in Iowa to managing these two remarkable courses, owned by Julian Robertson – former superstar trader and hedge fund manager from North Carolina. Jon describes what’s so special about these two courses and the luxury lodges situated onsite, and shares insight to many of New Zealand’s other marquee courses, cultural experiences, and reasons why New Zealand checks off all the right boxes for golf, wine and travel enthusiasts.

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The pinnacle of deluxe golf lodging?


Golf Lodging So Sublime, It’s Nearly Ridiculous
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For a good long while, the finest golf-specific accommodation I had ever experienced was the Lodge at Doonbeg, a spot-on reproduction of an 18th century Irish manor house where they burn peat to complete effect. Note the tense. The respective lodges at Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers meet or exceed that standard, and somehow they manage to do so without being overly grandiose.

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About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+