In terms of golf club marketing, there are few better tools than being able to credit Alister MacKenzie as course designer. Fortuitously, Titirangi Golf Club is fortunate to have hosted MacKenzie on his whirlwind tour of the Antipodes in 1926-27 which changed the direction of golf Down Under.
The Good Doctor spent two weeks in Auckland where he cobbled together all 18 holes of Titirangi built by the club’s founding members in 1914 and significantly rerouted the course. MacKenzie left an indelible impression on Titirangi, which is why the club went to great lengths to restore its original character as part of a master plan in the 1990s.
“Seemingly pleased with the property at his disposal, MacKenzie described the course as ‘exceptionally well suited to golf, hilly without being hilly,'” explains the course architect and Planet Golf author Darius Olivier.
“Most of the holes here are well laid out across the undulations and through tall exotic trees and New Zealand rainforest and bushes. The property gets quite narrow in places and as most holes go north to south they can be a little tight at times. As is the case on many MacKenzie projects, however, its clever design actually feels roomier and plays much longer than the dash suggests.
Titirangi is a real hidden treat for MacKenzie lovers today. It is also one of New Zealand’s 10 Marquee golf courses, listed by Tourism New Zealand, and for another influential voice within golf course architecture circles, Tom Doak hailed Titirangi as a “must see” in New Zealand in his popular book. , Confidential Guide to Golf Courses.
Now fully restored true to MacKenzie’s original sketches and designs, and conveniently located just 15 minutes from downtown Auckland, Titirangi lives up to its Maori meaning: fringe of paradise.
Titirangi Golf Club
Or: Links Road, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
Call: +64 9 827 5749
The Web: titirangigolf.co.nz