Inside Golf Travel : IG Travel January 2015
14 INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL | January 2015 ElitE courses rarely make radical changes to their routings, but the brain trust at Kauri Cliffs GC has done exactly that -- transforming the 5th from a long, uphill, forced-carry par-3 to a short, “drop-shot” par-3 that manages to enhance and diversify a track already ranked among world top 100. Rees Jones was tasked with this delicate piece of course renovation. the architect was handpicked for the job by owner Julian Robertson, the American hedge fund legend who developed Kauri Cliffs GC with architect David Harman in the late 1990s. the course opened in 2000 and today is ranked#74 in the world according to GOlF Magazine, and #39 on Golf Digest’s Global top 100. “Julian’s concern was the orientation of 5th and 7th holes, which had been quite similar in orientation and length,” said Jones. “ the thinking was, we wanted a shorter par-3, under 200 yards, that enhanced the entire, 18-hole golf experience, and that’s what we accomplished with the new no. 5.” the architect took a par-3 that played some 200 yards from the back tee -- slightly uphill, across a lush canyon -- and moved the tee 90 degrees to the left, to a hillside looking down on the same green complex. the 5th now plays downhill to a putting surface half the size, perched at the edge of that same canyon. Jones and the construction team broke ground on this project in April last year, just when Kauri Cliffs eased into its slower, winter season. ( the architect also added a back tee on the par-4 2nd hole, eliminated and combined bunkers on the par-4 4th, and added a forward tee on the daunting par-4 9th, mitigating the effects of an heroic canyon crossing.) “if you look at the scorecard, all the par- 3s were quite similar in yardage, even if they didn’t play at all the same,” said Kauri Cliffs head professional Jon Chapman. “ the changes to no. 5 create more diversity, in addition to what is an entirely new hole. Rees Jones changed the front- nine dynamic completely. it’s going to be a phenomenal addition.” The new 5th hole at Kauri Cliffs Rees Jones authors new 5th at Kauri Cliffs Visit our web site www.otagogolfclub.co.nz email us email@example.com or call on +64 21 3467 2096. For more information. Located conveniently close to the city of Dunedin, yet far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet, The Otago is the perfect place to have a unique golfing experience not to missed when visiting New Zealand. The Otago Golf Club, founded in 1871, is recognised by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews as the oldest golf club in the Southern Hemisphere. Its 18 hole, par 71 Balmacewen course hosted the first Amateur Championship of New Zealand in 1893 and nine further national amateur championships since. The New Zealand Open Championship has been played there seven times. Among its signature holes are The Glen, (pictured) rated by the great Gene Sarazen (after he’d put three tee shots out of bounds Preferred rates apply Flights are direct From BrisBane or Via auckland or christchurch “The Glen” The 11th hole at the Balmacewen Course, Dunedin, Otago. and reverted to a long iron) as among his 18 best golf holes in the world. When the golf is over all are welcome to enjoy our famous homemade food, locally brewed beer and or a glass of some excellent Otago wine. We would love you to come and visit us in Dunedin, see the sights, play a memorable round of golf as part of your trip.
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