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Just got back and the trip was beyond our expectations. New Zealand may be the best place to live on earth with its people, its environment and its lifestyle.

In the past, we've been fortunate to play some of the better courses, so with men's handicaps around 6-8 and our wives around 17-26, just a few thoughts.

 

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers was great, the course as well as the lodging and other activities. I can't say enough for the quality of the service at The Farm.

A bit expensive but it was one of those things we felt we would do once, (although now we'd love to do it again). The course could be hard and dependent on the weather... wind and rain made it very difficult one day, but it was playable/scoreable on two days when we had sunshine and light winds. And it was walkable. Several holes are among the best/most fun I've played.

 

Kauri Cliffs was nice but not as fair a course as CK in my opinion. Both had incredibly penile heavy grasses just beyond the rough that made finding a ball impossible. I thought Kauri Cliffs' design was a bit poor in that it was not walkable and many shots we felt were headed to the fairway or green ended up a few steps short/long and lost. Not one of my favorite courses. Interestingly, both had US pros working there for the experience and resumes.

 

Around Queenstown, Millbrook was ok. Jacks Point was good but we all thought the HIlls was great. The Hills seemed the kind of course one could play every day and enjoy.

Costs -- CK and KC were expensive, $350 plus carts. We may have gotten a bit of a deal at the others but all were around $130....with the Hills being the hardest to get on but again here, several holes that will remain some of the best/most enjoyable I've played.

 

The weather was generally good although the north island has been having a wetter summer than normal with highs most days from 65-75.

But, I cannot say enough about the beauty and the people of Aotearoa. While I can do without one friend's attempt at the haka after a birdie on the 18th hole at KC, I terribly miss the country already.

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