Designed by Nicklaus protégé David Harmon, Kauri Cliffs GC opened in 1999. By 2003, it was ranked among the top 100 courses on Earth (Golf Digest today ranks it #26). The resort itself is set on 6,000 acres of farmland at the northern tip of New Zealand’s sub-tropical North Island, with long, 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands. From the Lodge and its 22 free-standing cottage suites, guests are invited to play golf, hike through an ancient kauri forest, or relax on one of three private beaches. From this unique perch, guests can also avail themselves of superb island-hopping sailing in the nearby Bay of Islands region.
This unique property, one of three in New Zealand operated by Robertson Lodges, had long featured a single 4-bedroom Owners Cottage, where members of the Robertson family would stay when visiting the Northland. When made available to guests, this Residence invariably sold out in a matter of hours. In 2020, ownership resolved to build three comparable Residences, where a foursome or family might stay for a weekend, or a week’s vacation, or maybe a month.