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Cape Kidnappers – Bucket List Golf

When it comes to locations for a bucket list golf course few can match the breathtaking spot in which Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand is situated.


Cape Kidnappers


  • Ranked 44th in the world
  • Ranked 2nd in New Zealand
  • Course Designed by Tom Doak
  • There is a 800 ft drop from the 15th hole to the waves below in Hawke’s Bay (Known as the “Pirates Plank”)

Cape Kidnappers
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History of Cape Kidnappers


The course was funded with capital infused by the American billionaire Julian Robertson and designed by one of the most well known golf architects Tom Doak. The former sheep station turned golf course follows a sense of minimalism with as little being done to the land as possible. 

The course was completed in 2004 and since then has received many awards and accolades. This dramatic golf course is perched 140 meters above sea level and with firm and fast surfaces the course plays unlike any course in the world! This course poses a unique challenge for golfers of all skill levels and just to top it off you have a spectacular view of the bay from every single hole at Cape Kidnappers!


Cape Kidnappers Golf Course - bucket list
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The Cape Kidnappers Experience


Playing Cape Kidnappers is a unique experience! To understand the seclusion and privacy at this course here is a little fun fact. The drive from the gates to the clubhouse takes a full 20 minutes. This end location is definitely worth it, you are perched on the cliffs hundreds of feet above the waves crashing in Hawke’s Bay! This is definitely a bucket list experience so make sure to soak it all in. 


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