Cape Kidnappers

Napier, New Zealand

Par/length: 71/7,119 yards


TEL: 0064 6875 1900

DESIGNER: Tom Doak (2004)

DESCRIPTION: Built on a 5,000-acre former sheep ranch sat atop the vertical cliffs that descend into the Pacific Ocean, Cape Kidnappers has some of the most astounding views of any course on earth. It’s designed around seven long strips of land with steep drop-offs on either side. The 15th is the star hole, a 650-yard par 5 which, from the fairway, appears to fall off the edge of the planet. Doak says: “The site is not like anywhere else in golf. If it were any bigger or any more dramatic, it would probably be cordoned off as a national park.”