Cape Kidnappers is perched high above the cliffs at the southern tip of Hawkes Bay, looking out across the Pacific Ocean. Like its sister course – Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers is spread out over 6,000 acres of rolling farmland and native bush. It has drawn widespread international acclaim since it opened in 2004. Designed by Tom Doak, it currently ranks No.16 in the world’s Top 100 golf courses (Golf Digest) and is an absolute showstopper to play. The layout itself is a stern challenge. The fairways are wide, but bold tee shots that flirt with ravines and deep bunkers are rewarded. Many of the most spectacular holes run out and back along a series of plateaus perpendicular with the coastline, most framed by deep canyons. The par-5 15th is the hero, rated by Aussie star Adam Scott as his favourite hole anywhere in the world. In truth, it’s just one of 18 holes that will leave you in awe of a course unlike any other.