Quality Hotel Ambassador
86 Ulster Street
Phone: (64) 07 839-5111
Fax: (64) 07 839-5104
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.