A secret no longer, New Zealand delivers spectacular golf

The 7th hole at Kauri Cliffs delivers a stiff challenge and a stunning view.

Lydia Ko won her 15th tournament on the LPGA Tour earlier this year, pushing her career earnings near $10 million. Just 21 years old, she’s already traveled around the globe competing in amateur and professional golf championships. She remains captivated by the phenomenal cast of courses in her homeland.

“New Zealand is simply an amazing golf destination,” Ko said. “It has some of the best golf courses I have ever played. It should be a must-visit place for golfers from all over the world. You won’t be disappointed.”

Countdown to the Ryder Cup accelerates as team rosters take form

Expect to see the team of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth often during the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National. They won five of a possible seven points as partners in 2014 and 2016.

We’re three weeks away from the Ryder Cup, the biennial competition between the United States and Europe. The U.S. leads the all-time series 26-13 and holds the Cup after winning in convincing fashion at Hazeltine in 2016.

We’re counting down the days until the opening tee shot, no doubt.

Reflections of Great Golf in Australia

Cape Wickham Links - King Island - PerryGolf.com
Cape Wickham Links - King Island
 
For a variety of very positive reasons, golf in Australia is enjoying heightened profile. While the country is home to unquestionably some of the true classics of the game such as Royal Melbourne, New South Wales and Kingston Heath; recent activity only serves to further enhance Australia as one of the world’s great golf destinations…worthy of a seat in the premier league.

Tara Iti Golf Club, Mangawhai, New Zealand

Tara Iti Golf Club, New Zealand - No. 17 - Photo by Gary Lisbon
Tara Iti Golf Club, New Zealand - No. 17 - Photo by Gary Lisbon
 
High expectations can often be dangerous when visiting a new restaurant, hotel or golf course.
In this case I recently had the occasion to play at Tara Iti Golf Club on the North Island of New Zealand

Tom Doak & Cape Kidnappers Make New Zealand Golf Vacations

Tom Doak's Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand

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.