If Cape Kidnappers were a book, it would be described as an epic. The Cape figures in Maori mythology, and its name immortalizes the first visit by Captain Cook in 1770. From the long driveway up the hill to the commanding views of Hawke`s Bay, everything here is at a grand scale, and it was a challenge to build a golf course to match.
The Cape is not true links terrain, instead, the land tilts toward the sea as a series of ridges jutting out toward the edge of cliffs. Yet, the play is seaside golf at its finest. The surface is firm and fast, and the conditions can be windy, so the player who can control his trajectory will be master of the course. You`ll hit heroic shots over the tops of the tea trees and play cautiously along the edges of deep ravines. Every hole has a view of the Bay, and at the 6th and 15th holes, it`s possible to pull your approach off the very end of the earth, though it will take nearly 10 seconds of hang time for your ball to reach the ocean, 500 feet bellow.
Enjoy your game and enjoy the setting. You will never play golf somewhere like this again.
– Tom Doak, course designer
Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels.
Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf.
In 2008 and 2009 Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs hosted the Kiwi Challenge, our PGA TOUR Challenge event featuring four of the top PGA TOUR players under the age of 30. Hunter Mahan won the 2008 event, beating Anthony Kim in a playoff. In 2009, Anthony Kim was victorious in a playoff over Sean O’Hair.
On the way from Clive , Hastings you will notice on the right side inconspicuous sign Cape Kidnappers. There you stop and report that you have tee time so they open the gate for you.
The stylish, rustic Clubhouse at Cape Kidnappers golf course features a well equipped Pro Shop, dining room, and men’s and women’s locker rooms for your convenience.
New Zealand Pro Shop offers an attractive selection of golf and casual-wear for men and women, and is staffed by a team of internationally trained PGA professionals. The range of clothing and equipment features New Zealand cashmeres from Tolaga Bay, hand-made art, and apparel from vendors such as: Polo, Adidas, Peter Millar, Imperial Headwear, Titleist and Nike. Premium ladies and men’s clubs, as well as golf shoes, are available for rent.[/bs_col]
Hole 1 “FIRST”, Par 4, 402m
A difficult opening hole is a prelude of things to come. The right half of the fairway offers a better angle into the green, but don`t try to cut the corner of the dogleg where a deep gully lies in wait. Short hitters must beware the gully on their second shots, but once over it, there is plenty of room to the right of the flag.
Hole 2 “SHEDS”, Par 5, 494m
You must avoid two sets of fairway bunkers here, or you won`t reach this green in regulation. Play the drive safely to the left, and lay up sort of the cross bunkers if you`re not sure you can carry them with your second shot. The green is open on the left, but it tilts sharply to the right so it`s difficult to get down in two from the left edge.
Hole 3 “WEE THREE”, Par 3, 194m
Hole 4 “THE RISE”, Par 5, 497m
A solid tee shot just inside the fairway bunker sets you up for a big decision with the second. The safe play is to lay up just short of the deep fairway bunker, but better players will be tempted to aim out to the left of the green and fade the ball home. The green has a high tier in the back, if the flag is back there, play your approach long and left to give yourself the easiest two-putt.
Hole 5 “SPLIT”, Par 4, 384m
Hole 6 “GULLEY”, Par 3, 206m
Hole 7 “14 FLAGS”, Par 4, 414m
Hole 8 “BACKSTOP”, Par 3, 166m
Hole 9 “DIP”, Par 4, 369m
Hole 10 “SEAWARD HO”, Par 4, 430m
Another critical tee shot, which should favor the right half of the fairway. The second shot sets up for a running approach that will feed to the hole from right to left, but you have to get the weight just right, as bunkers lurk short left and over the back. Be sure to take any clubs needed for the 10th green, plus clubs for the tee shot on the 11th, as carts are not allowed back to the 11th tee.
Hole 11 “LOOK OUT”, Par 3, 205m
Hole 12 “INFINITY”, Par 4, 421m
This is the most wide-open driving hole on the course, and a great place to let it rip, because you want the shortest second shot you can get. The green is set at the end of a narrow ride, profiled against Hawke`s Bay. Play for the front right quadrant to keep the left side out of play. Be sure to take any clubs needed for the 12th green, plus clubs for the short tee shot on the 13th, as carts are not allowed back to the 13th tee.
Hole 13 “AL`S ACE”, Par 3, 119m
Hole 14 “PIMPLE”, Par 4, 318m
The shortest par four on the course is quite possibly the hardest of them all. Pick a safe line off the tee and then aim 10 yards left on it, because any hint of a fade will not carry to the fairway. The green is dominated by a deep pot bunker at the left front and a steep drop at the back, so the safest play is to the far left. Be especially careful around this green, as the pot bunker has a gravitational pull far greater than its size.
Hole 15 “PIRATE`S PLANK”, Par 5, 594m
Hole 16 “WIDOW`S WALK”, Par 5, 457m
Hole 17 GANNETS PERCH”, Par 4, 423m
No laying back here, you`ll need to hit your two best shots to get home in regulations on this uphill par four. Those uncertain of carrying the grenade bunkers can play safely to the right, if you drive in the rough, it might be better to play straight ahead on the second and then pitch your third over the bunkers.
Hole 18 “IPU”, Par 4, 439m
A counter-intuitive finishing hole, with its green offset to the right of the fairway. The punchbowl green setting will lure many players into aiming left for safety and hoping for a lucky bounce down onto the green, but the player who drives far enough to attack straight toward the flag has a clear advantage. Be careful on this green, as putts from behind the hole can easily get away from you.