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Photo courtesy Muriwai G.C.

MURIWAI GOLF CLUB
Coast Road, Muriwai, North Island, New Zealand


TEL: +64 (09) 411 8454   •   Email: muriwai@golf.co.nz

           A challenging seaside layout with elements of traditional Scottish links courses, some grand views of the Tasman Sea and New Zealand forests, and with some surprises: black sand beaches and bunkers.


MURIWAI GOLF CLUB

THE 8TH TEE AT MURIWAI — HITTING TOWARD THE TASMAN SEA
Photo courtesy Muriwai G.C.

 

Black sand dunes at Muriwai Links
MURIWAI LINKS: BUILT
ON BLACK SAND DUNES
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

THE HISTORY: Muriwai opened in 1956, when a group of Auckland area golf enthusiasts purchased the site to be developed in the fashion of a true Scottish links. Course designer H. G. Babbage took advantage of the great natural links setting on Auckland’s west coast. The course is adjacent to a bird refuge, assuring its own protection against the development of neighboring land. The course has significant extra land, some of which has been used in course redevelopment and expansion, significantly altering the original eighteen holes in recent years. Because Muriwai is built on sand dunes, unstable land that shifts and changes the nature of the course over time,  redevelopment of the course is occasionally necessary by the natural erosion of the links land by the Tasman Sea and the wind. The volcanic black sand is a notable characteristic of Muriwai found at few other golf courses. Due to the completely natural setting, the course is without

 

traffic or crowd noise — golfers hear only the sound of the wind, the surf, and sea birds.


MURIWAI GOLF CLUB

THE 9TH HOLE AT MURIWAI — WIND, SEA, & NORFOLK PINES
Photo courtesy Muriwai G.C.

Length & Par:
• Blue Tees: Par 73, 5866 meters (6415 yards)
• White Tees: Par 73, 5550 meters (6070 yards)
• Ladies Tees: Par 74, 5347 meters (5848 yards)

Greens Fees per ROUND:
• WEEKENDS: NZ$60
• WEEKDAYS: NZ$
45

Facilities:
• Club House
• Full bar & restaurant
• Driving Range
•
Golf Shop

Rentals:

• Clubs: Yes — NZ$30 (standard clubs) & NZ$50 (deluxe clubs)

• Shoes: available

• Pull carts (trundlers): NZ$7

• Golf carts: NZ$44

• Caddies: No

Muriwai Links

SCOTTISH GOLF DOWN UNDER AT MURIWAI:  
DRAMATIC, CHALLENGING, AND INEXPENSIVE

Visitors always welcome:
• Course Open and Playable Year Round

• ADVANCE BOOKING OF TEE-TIMES REQUIRED.
•
Minimum Handicap Required: None.

Bookings (from the USA):
• TEL:   011 64 (0) 9 411 8454
• e-mail:
muriwaishop@golf.co.nz
OR—
book Muriwai and your other New Zealand golf tee-times FREE! as you plan your trip to New Zealand with HOME AT FIRST!

LOCATION: Coast Road, Muriwai, New Zealand, about 3/4 hour west of Auckland city on the west coast (Tasman Sea).

Nearest HOME AT FIRST lodgings:
In Auckland, about 45 minutes east of the course. For more information about HOME AT FIRST's New Zealand travel program, see: NEW ZEALAND & AUCKLAND.


THE COURSE AND SOME NOTABLE HOLES:


 


OPEN PAR-3s PLAY LONG IN THE OCEAN WIND
Photo courtesy Muriwai Golf Club

          Because it is built on sand dunes, Muriwai is playable under all weather conditions, and is not subject to frosts — and is, therefore, never closed. Its location provides some fantastic seaside views. The undulating links with long, wild rough, black sand bluffs, hardy scrub pines, and sudden glimpses of the sea is one of the most attractive courses in New Zealand. The course’s beauty is enough distraction to affect your game. On a windy day, the beauty remains, but the game becomes significantly more difficult. Many of Muriwai’s greens are

 

elevated, and most are protected

by bunkers, undulations, or bluffs. The

 

fairways are never flat, it seems, but are fairly wide, making the course playable and enjoyable by golfers who don’t always follow the straight and narrow. However, in the wind, Muriwai’s fairways seem skinny targets protected by swirling zephyrs.
          The rugged nature of the course begins with the first hole. A medium par-4 at 401 yards, the hole’s challenge lies not in its length but in fairway moguls and its elevated, two-tier green.
          The 4th tee’s perch — 70 feet above the fairway — is, to say the least, panoramic. Daunting is a second adjective

Muriwai Hole 1
MURIWAI FIRST TEE: 
DRIVING FOR THE TASMAN

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

that comes to mind.

 

          Number 8 is a beautiful par-3, backed with the sea. The green, 167 yards away, looks looks easily reached, but it is protected by 3 menacing bunkers, and a stiff breeze off the Tasman can easily drop your drive into the sand.
          A blind shot to the fairway — not uncommon on links courses, but usually made less difficult by the presence of caddies (not available at Muriwai) — starts off the par-5, 492-yard, hole 11. There is a right way and a wrong way to thread your shot through the mounds that block your line of sight.
          The view from the tee-perch of the par-4, 423-yard, 18th is the way this golf course should end — with a panoramic overview of Muriwai. Though its fairway is large, long, and straight, the elevated, 3-tier green is not clearly visible from the tee or from the fairway. A long second shot that finds and holds the right level of the home green in the wind will provide you with one last vivid memory of Muriwai.


MURIWAI & THE AUCKLAND REGION


Auckland Harbor Skyline
AUCKLAND — CITY ON TWO OCEANS
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          Muriwai is on Auckland’s west coast. Auckland is one of the few cities of the world to be located on the coasts of two oceans. Most who know a little about Auckland may know that its Pacific (east) coast includes the broad, sheltered sailing playground of the Hauraki Gulf before the open seas of the broad Pacific. It is here in these relatively calm, warm waters that New Zealand now defends its hold on the America’s Cup. And, it is also here that Auckland’s primary residential, commercial, and resort land is located. Indeed, Auckland’s the internationally known golf

 

resorts of Gulf Harbour and Formosa are

located on the Pacific coast.
          Muriwai Golf Club’s Tasman Sea (west coast) location makes it subject to the incoming weather, prevailing west winds, and roaring surf. This wild, beautiful scenery is within Ύ hour of downtown Auckland.
          Auckland, home to one-third of New Zealand’s population, is the cultural hub of the nation, a multi-ethnic city and a key economic center of the Pacific Rim. Typically balmy, often sub-tropical weather provides Auckland with an island climate. As a result Auckland is ideal for outdoor activities — especially water sports of all kinds. Afterwards, however, unlike New Zealand’s scarcely populated hinterlands, there are many places for fine dining, trendy shopping, theatre, opera, art and entertainment.

Want to learn about other courses throughout NEW ZEALAND
including some of the greatest tests of golf in the world? See our
NEW ZEALAND COURSE GUIDE for more information.

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