Tara Iti

tara iti
Jacob Sjöman
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Tara Iti

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architect

    Tom Doak
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

Tara Iti jumped onto our World list in 2017 as one of our highest debuting courses ever. Then it moved higher still. The course is buoyed by its enviable location in the dunes along the Pacific Ocean, along with superior fine-fescue fairways and swirls of natural grass and sand. The design is loaded with standout holes. Two of its one-shotters — the 15th and 17th — are media darlings but another of the course’s best moments comes at the long uphill 12th, which plays away from the Pacific Ocean to an open, tilted green that is 7 feet higher on its right than left. Bouncy-bounce golf reigns supreme at the 12th, which is a dazzler even though the ocean is behind you. (Photo: Jacob Sjöman)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    12th hole, par-4, 480 yards: This long, uphill par-4 challenges golfers with a severely tilted green, all while the Pacific Ocean crashes behind the tee.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    One of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches runs along the border of Tara Iti, which blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings.
  • Insider tip

    If you get the chance, try to stay in one of Tara Iti’s well-appointed onsite Members cottages.