Cape Kidnappers voted World’s Best Golf Resort

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, home to one of the world’s top-ranked golf courses and boutique lodge accommodation, has been voted the world’s best golf resort at the golf travel industry “Oscars”, the IAGTO Awards.

Cape Kidnappers was named Golf Resort of the Year for 2014 at the awards, which were held as part of IGTM (International Golf Travel Market) at Lumine Golf Resort, Costa Daurada, Spain.

Golf Resort of the Year honours are split among three regional categories: North America, Europe and the Rest of the World. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers was honoured in the Rest of the World category.

Cape Kidnappers golf course New Zealand
World’s best golf resort?
Boutique lodge accommodation at Cape Kidnappers
Boutique lodge accommodation at Cape Kidnappers

Established in 2000 by global golf tourism organisation IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators), the IAGTO Awards are the official annual decorations bestowed by the golf tourism industry.

IAGTO’s 500-plus golf tour operators from 62 different countries cast their votes this year.

Each operator was asked to nominate the best performing golf resorts enjoyed this year by their golf travelling clients.

Operators were asked to consider the following criteria: Customer Satisfaction, Quality of Golf Course & Accommodation, Value for Money, Accessibility to Tee Times, Speed of Communication and Quality of Service.

“The IAGTO Awards have particular meaning within the golf community because golf tour operators do the voting,” said Ryan Brandeburg, director of golf at Cape Kidnappers GC.

Cape Kidnappers is a 2004 Tom Doak design and was ranked in September 2013 at number 38 on GOLF Magazine’s World Top 100.

“Golf tour operators are in the business of providing their clients the best possible golf travel experiences. If they don’t, those clients don’t come back for the next trip. This award, as voted by IAGTO members, according to these key criteria, means that Cape Kidnappers has made just the sort of impression we would like — on golfers themselves and our golf tour operator partners. We’re thrilled to be so recognised.”

Located on New Zealand’s North Island, astride its dramatic eastern coast, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers offers a luxury golf resort experience.

The golf course ranks number 6 on Golf Digest’s list of Top 100 Courses Located Outside the U.S.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers – opened on this triangular, eponymous headland in 2006 — was named to Travel+Leisure’s World’s Top 50 Hotels in 2010. Not to be outdone, Condé Nast Traveler named the property to its Gold List for 2012 and 2013.

Cape Kidnappers has a sister property on the North Island of New Zealand — The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, in Bay of Islands — that is no less decorated by the world travel and golfing press.

Kauri Cliffs GC is a fixture on everyone’s Top 100 list (GOLF Magazine currently ranks it number 74 in the world).

In August, the veranda-wrapped Lodge at Kauri Cliffs was named the number 1 hotel in the world according to Business Insider, which reached this decision by aggregating current world hotel rankings from the industry’s most respected sources: Travel+Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Fodor’s.

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