What aspects did Tom Doak focus on while designing the North Course at Te Arai Links?

By: September 29, 2023

Te Arai Links‘ Managing Director, Jim Rohrstaff, proudly announced in a February interview for Golf Business Monitor that Tom Doak had been commissioned to design the North Course.

Tom Doak’s new masterpiece will open for play on October 1. With this new golf course, Te Arai Links will have 36 holes in total.

The remaining amenities — Members-only Bunker Bar, Ocean Restaurant, North Clubhouse, and remaining luxury accommodations — are all on schedule to be completed by October 2024.

Te Arai Links North Course_Hole 2_Ricky Robinson
Credit: Ricky Robinson

Doak says

“It feels a bit weird to apologize for having 7 holes on the ocean, especially when the rest of our North Course plays through terrain where the best comp might be Pine Valley.”

A dedicated clubhouse serving the North Course will open in October 2024. The Ocean Restaurant — overlooking the 18th hole on the South Course — will be christened simultaneously.

Fully accoutred halfway houses on both courses are scheduled to come online before the 2023 season is complete.

I’m glad to hear that during the golf course construction, Tom Doak and his team were able to preserve a former Māori fort, known as a pa, located between the 5th tee and 6th green. They actually discovered the fort during the construction process.

Preserving cultural and natural heritage can contribute greatly to a more sustainable future.

Te Arai Links North Course Hole 9
Credit: Ricky Robinson

Te Arai Links does offer membership. According to managing partner Jim Rohrstaff, a potential change in the NZ federal government could open the door to property ownership at Te Arai Links — for foreign nationals.

Currently, internationals can only enter into long-term leases.

Te Arai Links North Course Hole 4
Credit: Ricky Robinson