Saturday, March 27, 2010

North Island New Zealand 27 Feb - 2 March 2010

Here we go again - Up In The Air.
This trip was a short excursion to the North Island of New Zealand to play four rounds of golf. The trip was organised by Club 19.
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We arrived in Auckland on Saturday night and had a quiet meal for two at a tapas bar
called Tasca in Vulcan Lane. Recommended. Great buzz in Auckland on a Saturday night and there were some stunning women walking around. Changed my mind about going there for the world cup in October 2011.

We played Muriwai Links the next day. The Tsunami from Chile was a fizzer and the next evening we met up with an old friend of Vivienne's who took us to Moreton's bar and restaurant in St. Heliers. Great meal only spoiled by the cheers of the New Zealanders as they managed to beat Australia in a T20 match using a super over and the score was tied.

The next day we played Gulf Harbour and then caught the coach up to Paihia on the Bay of Islands. Our driver there was a Maiori who told his name meant Toenail in English. Great character.

We played Kauri Cliffs which is ranked #49 in the great courses in the world, built by a US Billionaire and truly formidable. Scared me I can tell you. That night we ate a Pure Tastes which was excellent.

The next day we flew to Napier via Auckland and the did what everyone does after two flights and 3 games the previous 3 days and go for a wine tasting tour.

Naper is cool town, destroyed in 1931 by an earthquake and re-built in an Art Deco style. We ate at an Indian calle Sangram which was if quiet. Everyone in town was at the one-day cricket match being played in Napier which New Zealand again won, which we heard about from our driver for the whole day.

The next day we then played Cape Kidnappers outside of Napier, ranked #25 in the world and probably the most spectacular golf location in the world. Some of the pictures are worth looking at. We were very fortunate that the weather was spectacular for the whole week which certainly made all the difference.

The highlight of the day was Brian Ireland, a founder of Club 19, scoring a hole in one. He started playing golf at 15, is now 75 and this was his first hole in one. He is going up on the roll of honour but even funnier was that Alan Border and Greg Blewitt were playing golf the same day. Alan Border sought him out and said that it was the best thing to happen to an Australian all day!!!

Chris Golis
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