Media Guide for the ‘Golf Journey to Australia’

The “Golf Journey to Australia” was a 32-day, 4,648-kilometer (2,888 miles) driving all over the North & South Island, 21-golf course Odyssey. New Zealand and Auckland are comparable in size and population to Oregon and Portland, respectively. I never felt constrained, there is much more to see. I hope to return for more golf and adventure travel and to meet more New Zealanders! Great country, great people!

It took 24-1/2 hours to travel 11,628 miles to get there via Dallas-Fort-Worth, Honolulu and Sydney and 22-1/2 hours and 10,827 miles to return home to Jacksonville, Florida, USA. No worries, it was well worth the travel time!

Here is a general summary of accommodations, golf courses played, tourist destinations visited (tour guides used) in the course of traveling, golfing and living in Kiwi-Land for one glorious month!

My last day in New Zealand at the Sky Tower in Auckland.

My last day in New Zealand at the Sky Tower in Auckland.

Feature articles with stay, play & visit details along with pictures and video interviews will be coming soon so please check back. In the meantime links to their websites are included below.

If I can assist you with your travel plans to New Zealand please do not hesitate to contact me at

I hope you will visit New Zealand. I am happy I did as it was a lifetime adventure and memory for sure!


Accommodations (Sydney):


Riverside Oaks Golf Resort (Cattai, NSW)

Waterside Luxury Apartments (Merimbula, NSW (half way to Melbourne on the coast)

Barnbougle Tasmania

Country Club Tasmania



Accommodations (North Island):

Cambridge Hotel in Wellington, Wellington
Empire Hotel in Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
Dunalistair House in Taupo, Waikato

Golf Courses Played in the Sydney area:

New South Wales Golf Club

The Lakes Golf Club

The Bondi Golf Club

Riverside Oaks- Bungool & Gungurru Courses

The Australian Golf Club

Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club (half way to Melbourne on the coast)

Tura Beach CC (half way to Melbourne on the coast)


Golf Courses Played in the Melbourne/Tasmania area:

The National Golf Club—The Old Course

The National Golf Club—The Moonah Course

The National Golf Club—The Ocean Course

Barnbougle Dunes (Tasmania)

Barnbougle Lost Farms (Tasmania)

Country Club Tasmania

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Kingston Heath Golf Club

The Victoria Golf Club

The Metropolitan Golf Club


Golf Courses Played (North Island):

Titurangi Golf Club in New Lynn, Auckland
Muriwai Golf Club in Waimauku, Auckland
Kauri Cliffs Golf Course in Matauri Bay, Northland
Waitangi Golf Club in Bay of Islands, Northland
Waipu Golf Club in Ruakaka, Northland
Tara Iti Golf Club in Mangawhai, Northland
Rangitikei Golf Club in Bulls, Manawatu-Wanganui
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club in Paraparaumu, Wellington
Manawatu Golf Club in Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
Cape Kidnappers Golf Club in Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay
The Kinloch Club in Taupo, Waikato
Wairakei Golf Course in Taupo, Waikato
Royal Auckland Golf Club in Otahuhu, Auckland

Tourist Destinations (Sydney):

AATKings Tours Bringing Australia & New Zealand to Life!

Captain Cook Cruises- Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise.



Tourist Destinations (North Island):

Grayline Sightseeing City Tour of Auckland
Hammonds Wellington City Sights & Coastline Tour
Sky Tower in Sky City, Auckland
Fullers Auckland Harbour Cruise