Lydia Ko has shared her favourite fairways in Auckland, New Zealand, with hole 16 at Gulf Harbour Country Club coming out on top.
A member at Gulf Harbour, Ko describes the par 4 hole 16 as “a testing dogleg” and says it “has got to be my absolute favourite”.
Ko is currently in her home town of Auckland for the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, which teed off at Windross Farm Golf Course on Thursday September 28.
The tournament marks the first time New Zealand has hosted an LPGA or PGA Tour event, and it has brought seven major winners to the country to join the field.
Current PGA Champion Danielle Kang, world number 12 Brooke Henderson and former number one Yani Tseng are all playing in the tournament alongside Ko, in what she describes as her “own backyard”.
Hole 18 of the recently opened event host course, Windross Farm, is also recognised by Ko as being among her favourites.
“Hole 18 at Windross Farm is amazing. I love a par 5 finishing hole,” says Ko.
Pupuke Golf Course, on Auckland’s North Shore, is also close to Ko’s heart – and not surprising, since she first played the course when she was just five years old and became a life member of the club at the age of 18.
Ko says: “Hole 17 at Pupuke has got to be up there. It’s short but it’s always been challenging.”
The wider Auckland region is home to over 30 golf courses which makes the game accessible for anyone visiting the city.
New Zealand is second only to Scotland for the most golf courses per capita, meaning the country is home to an abundance of courses that are never crowded and easily accessible from main centres.
About the courses:
Pupuke Golf Course, North Shore
Pupuke Golf Course is set beside the beautiful Lake Pupuke on Auckland’s North Shore and is dubbed "the course that creates champions" because it is home to Lydia Ko and one of New Zealand’s best male golfers Michael Hendry. Located just 10 minutes’ drive from the central city, the club boasts spectacular views and a challenging course.
Windross Farm Golf Course, Auckland
Located only 30 minutes from the city, Windross Farm is an inland links-style course which offers a mix of flat and undulating ground, man-made lakes and dramatic and strategically placed bunkers. The course was designed to make the most of the site’s natural environment to provide a golf experience like no other. The clubhouse and facilities have been designed with a minimalistic and understated philosophy and they truly complement the unique golf course.
Gulf Harbour Country Club, Whangaparaoa
The Whangaparaoa Peninsula, 40 minutes north of downtown Auckland, is home to Gulf Harbour Country Club. The course offers outstanding sea views and is open to the elements, so when the wind blows Gulf Harbour is a true test of golf. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the course opened in 1998 and has since hosted the New Zealand Open and the World Cup of Golf.