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Golf

Te Arai Links will encompass two pure links golf courses. The South Course design is by world renowned golf architects Coore & Crenshaw and is now complete. The North Course is designed by Tom Doak, whose skill and craftsmanship has beeintegral to the success of Tara Iti Golf ClubNorth of Te Arai Links. The North Course will begin construction in the first quarter of 2022.

Te Arai Links is golf as it was destined to be. Te Arai which is just over an hour drive North of Auckland, is a place that is rich in cultural history and showcases extraordinary coastal beauty  think exposed sandcoupled with firm and fast fescue turf. 

Golfers will walk and marvel at the beauty of natural landscape and will feel the pull to return again and again to share this gem with family and friends.  See and hear the sound of the waves crashing and smell the salt in the air as you traverse the course and enjoy all the special details and hospitality on offer

South Course

Designed by Coore Crenshaw

As golf course designers, Ben Crenshaw and I have sought sand-based sites where random contours shaped by the wind provide the foundation for interesting golf, sites where the land more than the designers determine the design and character of the course.

At Te Arai Links we have been given a great gift, a uniquely special site for golf, comprised of sand dunes and landforms sculpted by the wind, adjacent to the sea.

Te Arai’s landforms vary from heaving sand ridges and meandering valleys to rumpled contours reminiscent of the classic seaside links on which the game began. These contours are the foundation and inspiration for the golf holes of Te Arai Links. The holes are as varied in appearance and character as the land itself. There are highly individualistic, some might even say, quirky holes like the shortish par fours at three, six and sixteen, each reflecting the drama and unique character of the landforms that created their concepts. There are more traditional yet equally dramatic holes like the inland second, the tenth and eleventh; and there are the visually spectacular seaside holes at seven, eight, nine and fifteen through eighteen.

There are lengthy holes and finesse holes. There are holes with varying shapes and sizes, with character and golf strategic are based upon the natural contours we discovered on site.

For those who consider such things, the South Course at Te Arai Links has sixteen ocean view golf holes and eight holes bordering directly on the sea, without question, it will be a photogenic and visually stunning golf course.

When paired with its sister course, the North Course being designed by Tom Doak, we believe Te Arai Links will become a must visit destination for golfers travelling the world in search of captivating golf.

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Te Arai Links Golf - South Course

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North Course

Designed by Tom Doak

The North Course will start and finish on the ocean, but for me the unique character of the course will be found inland.  The green of the par-5 5th hole and the next tee sit high on a ridge adjacent to an ancient Māori Pa, or hill fortress, built from the largest dune on the property, while the 4th, 6th, 14th and 15th greens sit in a shared bowl amongst the dunes.

Possibly the most dramatic holes on the course will be the 8th and 10th.  The former is a long par-5 with an elevated green and a “whirlpool” hazard to the right, some seven meters below the green.  The 10th is a long par-4 with its green at the edge of a huge natural bunker, so that second shots have to be played over the sand or safely around to the left.  It’s a hole very reminiscent of Pine Valley in New Jersey, and indeed so is much of the inland terrain at Te Arai.

It is odd having to apologize for a golf course that “only” features the ocean for seven of the 18 holes, but that is how spoiled golfers have become by the best of New Zealand’s modern golf courses.  The North Course promises to be near the head of the class.

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Te Arai Links Golf - North Course