Clarion Suites Ambassador
92 Ulster Street
Phone: (64) 7 839 5111
Fax: (64) 7 839 5104
Just one hour south of Auckland City, on the Hauraki Plains, lies this quiet country golf club. Here your game will only be disturbed by the surprising sound of a cow on heat. There are plenty of well-placed trees and perhaps a dozen bunkers. A creek runs through three of the front nine holes. The par four 14th, 'Calamity', is the hardest hole on the course, and its angled fairway will test any mid-handicapper. The staff and locals are friendly, happy to play with visitors, and willing to pour you a pint at the 19th.
Barely 45 minutes south of Auckland City sits this sometimes challenging country golf course. With a few steep hills and many strategically positioned trees, this is truly a course for the straight hitter. But, then again, a good slice is useful from the tee on the par four 16th. A couple of nasty lakes are probably full of balls, as are the paddocks directly across State Highway 2. A small pro shop sells balls, tees, clubs, and other accessories. Bookings are recommended on the weekends because of club days and competitions.