Back 9, Cape Kidnappers

Mahia Golf Course

New Zealand, North Island, Hawke's Bay
Designer: club members
Course Opened: 1984

The Mahia Golf Course was formed in 1974 by a few keen locals and the land was lent by Captain Nigel Johnston at Pahnui Station, Mahanga Beach. The terrain was very undulating and as the course was being developed, we had two club lengths placing in which to find a nice spot to position your ball. The emphasis was on “fun” in those days.

In 1984 the club was given lease of the Kaiwaitau Block opposite the beach at Mahia. After a great deal of fundraising we are now the proud owners of a well manicured golf course with a wonderful two storied Clubhouse which is a huge asset to the district. The course was planned by a professional, but the hard yard was done by the club members themselves, who chipped away at blackberry, loaned machinery and gave their time to get the course up and running. Throughout New Zealand it is commonly referred to “as the best nine hole course around”, and is a "true links course".

The course (5812 metres over 18 holes) is nestled among natural sand dunes, with elevated tees, dog legs. The greens have a new watering system and the fairways are all mown.

Extract from golf club website.

From website "A step back in time, this volunteer-run links course is golf at its purest. Low lying through the dunes there are moments where, but for the weather, you could be in Scotland. Uniquely, from the clubhouse, you can watch the sun rise and set over the ocean."


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