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. Central Otago has a remarkably distinctive landscape with round top mountain ranges carpeted in golden tussock.

The game of golf originated in Scotland so it is no surprise that the game has a huge following in this sparsely populated region. Even the smallest settlements here cherish their local club. The 42 golf clubs in this region are set out below together with a brief description of some of the notable ones.

Millbrook Resort near Arrowtown is a championship course designed by Sir Bob Charles in a magnificent setting with stunning views of Coronet Peak and the Remarkables. The 6,420 metre, par 72 course is rated by Tourism New Zealand as one of the best eight in the country and is often described as one of the finest alpine courses in the world. The hotel complex and villas are top class and the overnight package deals are perfect for someone who wants a serious golfing holiday.

Otago club at Balmacewen was founded by Scottish pioneers in 1871. The 5,948 metre, par 71 championship course is quite hilly and physically demanding for golfers used to electric carts. It presents a great golfing challenge due to the frequent mounds, slope changes and bunkers, but the greens are immaculate.

St Clair in Dunedin is set amongst pine groves on spectacular cliff tops above St Clair Beach. This fine course is favoured for international tournaments and always offers a warm welcome to visitors.

Queenstown Kelvin Heights course is a must on a New Zealand golfing holiday. It stands on a peninsula on the shores of Lake Wakatipu surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and must rank amongst the most scenically photogenic courses in the world. This spectacular golfing experience can be reached by road (19 km) or water taxi from Queenstown.

Wanaka club is also a breathtaking golf experience with the 5,794 metre, par 70 course surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park. This flat to undulating course is an excellent test for all players in a picturesque environment.

North Otago club is in Oamaru, midway between Dunedin and Timaru. This relatively short, undulating course has panoramic views of the ocean and a friendly, welcoming approach to visitors.

Otago Region Golf Courses

  • Cromwell, Neplusultra Street, Cromwell
  • Millbrook Resort, Malaghans Rd, Arrowtown
  • Otago, 125 Balmacewen Rd, Dunedin
  • St Clair, Isadore Rd, Dunedin
  • Taieri, Milners Road, North Taieri
  • Alexandra, Alexandra-Clyde Highway
  • Allan Grange, Clydevale, Otago
  • Ardleigh, Sutherland Rd, Meadowbank
  • Arrowtown, Main Rd, Arrowtown
  • Balclutha, 23 Golfers Drive, Balclutha
  • Belleknowes, Lawson Street, Dunedin
  • Chisholm Park, 16 Tahuna Rd, Tainui
  • Clinton, Merrie Creek Road, Clinton
  • Dunstan, O’Reilly Ave, Clyde
  • Gladfield, Gladfield Rd, East Taieri
  • Glenorchy, Cnr Mull & Oban Sts, Glenorchy
  • Heriot, Brighton Road, Dunedin
  • Island Park, Main Rd, Waldronvill, Dunedin
  • Kaitangata, Wangaloa Domain, Kaitangata
  • Kurow, State Highway 83, Kurow, Otago
  • Lawrence, Weatherston, Lawrence
  • Lower Waitaki, Hilderthorpe Rd, Oamaru
  • Maniototo, Maniatoto District, Otago
  • Middlemarch, Garthmyl Rd, Middlemarch
  • Naseby, Naseby Road, Maniatoto
  • North Otago, Beach Road, Oamaru
  • Omakau, Alton Street, Omakau
  • Omarama, State Highway 8, Omarama
  • Otakou, Harrington Point Rd, Otago Peninsula
  • Owaka, 18 Saunders Street, Owaka
  • Patearoa, Patearoa Rd, Patearoa
  • Port Chalmers, Reservoir Rd, Sawyers Bay
  • Queenstown, Peninsula Rd, Kelvin Heights
  • Roxburgh, Scotland St, Roxburgh
  • Tapanui, Tapanui, Otago
  • Tarras, State Highway 8A, Tarras
  • Tokarahi, Dip Hill road, Tokarahi
  • Toko, Back Road, Milton
  • Twelve Oaks, Dukes Road, Mosgiel
  • Waikouaiti, Edinborough St, Waikouaiti
  • Waitahuna, Lockharts Rd, Waitahuna
  • Wanaka, Ballantyne Rd, Wanaka

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.