This sun-soaked, peaceful region lies across Cook Strait from Wellington and includes the wonderful Marlborough Sounds aquatic playground.

Marlborough’s superb climate and great natural beauty combine with rich alluvial river gravels to produce some of the country’s best wines and gourmet produce. The overall result is a laid-back, salubrious lifestyle that is the envy of other areas. This lifestyle includes 9 fine golf courses, which are listed below together with brief comments on some of the notable ones.

Marlborough club can be found on Paynters Road at Fairhall, just 6 km southwest of Blenheim. The par 71 course is a partly undulating, park-like course that sets a high standard in grooming and is a joy to play.

Rarangi is located in Main Road, Rarangi, 15 km north of Blenheim on State Highway 1. This par 72 course is very attractive and is designed in the classic links-style with flat tree-lined fairways with pleasant shoreline views.

Kaikoura is located beside State Highway 1 – 160 km south of Picton, close to the well-known Whale Watch HQ. The 5,591 metre, par 72 course is well placed as an intermediate stop on a journey from Picton to Christchurch. Although quite short, the course loses nothing in terms of an exacting challenge in keeping tee shots straight down the narrow, tree-lined fairways. Walking is quite easy on this flat course and the views of the imposing Seaward Kaikoura Ranges are spectacular.

Marlborough Region Golf Courses

  • Rarangi, Main Road, Rarangi
  • Awatere, Main Road, Seddon
  • Blenheim, Parker Street, Blenheim
  • Kaikoura, State Highway 1, Kaikoura
  • Marlborough, Paynters Road, Fairhall
  • Nopera, Ridge End, Kenepuru
  • Picton, Koromiko, Picton
  • Rai Valley, State Highway 5, Rai Valley
  • Wairau Valley, Wairau Valley, Marlborough

Golf Courses: Locations, Grounds, Design and Facilities

  • Golf Courses Waikato

    Waikato

    The extensive Waikato and King Country areas in the Central North Island embrace important farming industries and tourism treasures like the sparsely populated Coromandel Peninsula and the stunning Waitomo Caves. The region is well endowed with adventure tourism sites and sports venues, including 46 golf courses.

  • Golf Courses Nelson

    Nelson

    The 'Top of the South' has a well above average share of the good things in life - record sunshine hours, golden sand beaches, superb fruit, fine wine, food and seafood and over 300 dedicated craftspeople. The region is paradise for outdoor adventure lovers with its national parks, alpine lakes, stunning coastline as well as 8 excellent golf courses.

  • Golf Courses Wellington

    Wellington

    A capital city could not be placed in a more dramatic setting than the rugged bush-clad hills and magnificent sheltered harbour of Wellington. The leafy suburbs that sprawl across Wellington's steep hillsides allow precious little space for golf courses, so only four are close to the city centre.

  • Golf Courses Manawatu Wanganui

    Manawatu/Wanganui

    The lower North Island embraces the prosperous farming districts of Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and Horowhenua. The landscape sweeps dramatically down from mountain ranges into fertile alluvial plains devoted to agricultural and pastoral industries. Most farming districts support a popular classic country golf club

  • Golf Courses Hawke's Bay

    Hawke’s Bay

    Within each geographic region we have made general comments about the course quality, playing conditions and facilities of a number of the popular and prominent courses as a guideline for what you can expect to find.

  • Golf Courses Buller Westland

    Buller/Westland

    The wild West Coast stands apart from the rest of the country as a region where the pioneering spirit and rugged individualism are distinctive characteristics of the people. The narrow 600 km strip of coastal lowland is hemmed in by towering ramparts of the Southern Alps and the tumultuous breaking swells of the Tasman Sea.

  • Golf Courses Canterbury

    Canterbury

    Canterbury is the perfect adventure playground with a myriad of exciting outdoor activities between the coast and the Alps. Where else could you see and do so much within two hour's drive of an international airport? Ski and snowboard, swim with dolphins, gaze in awe at sperm whales, soak in luxurious thermal pools

  • Golf Courses Southland

    Southland

    The rich dairy pastures of New Zealand's southernmost region, contrast dramatically with the golden tussock of Central Otago. The rugged, storm-lashed coastline is home to an array of rare marine wildlife and the deep interior of Fiordland has unforgettable scenes of glacier-carved wilderness.

  • Golf Courses Marlborough

    Marlborough

    This sun-soaked, peaceful region lies across Cook Strait from Wellington and includes the wonderful Marlborough Sounds aquatic playground. Marlborough's superb climate and great natural beauty combine with rich alluvial river gravels to produce some of the country's best wines and gourmet produce.

  • Golf Courses Bay of Plenty

    Bay of Plenty

    This sun drenched bay with its golden sands, sparkling seas, rich marine harvest and prolific kiwi fruit was named by the famous explorer Captain Cook for ‘the many good things to be found here’. Amongst the sport lover’s favourites in this bounteous region are many excellent golf courses.

  • Golf Courses Otago

    Otago

    Dunedin city is proud of its Scottish heritage and is a fascinating place to visit. Queenstown 'The Adventure Capital of the World' and Wanaka, an idyllic lakeside ski resort town, have mountainous backdrops that are simply breathtaking.

  • Golf Courses Auckland

    Auckland

    New Zealand’s largest city has a temperate climate and an expansive land area that lends itself to outdoor sporting activity. Two superb natural harbours and an island-studded Hauraki Gulf make it ideal for sailing and other water sports. Lush green open spaces have been developed into excellent golf courses.

  • Golf Courses North Harbour

    North Harbour

    Auckland’s fashionable North Shore abounds with spacious parks, reserves, beaches and golf clubs offering a diverse range of settings and contours. The region is noted for surprising contrasts in the form of its coastlines, with sheltered bays in the east and wild, surf-pounded black sand beaches in the west.

  • Golf Courses New Zealand

    Golf Courses

    New Zealand is a golfer’s paradise with over 400 public and private golf courses, including many championship and resort courses that are on par with the world’s best. The New Zealand Information Network has compiled this summary to assist visitors in planning their golfing holiday itinerary.

  • Golf Courses Northland

    Northland

    Blue skies, balmy, sub-tropical days and spectacular seascapes make the ‘Winterless North’ of the North Island the perfect holiday location. It is no surprise then, to find that private developers have secured prime cliff top land to create manicured courses that are aesthetically pleasing works of art.