Windross Farm is a spectacular golf course located only 30 minutes south of the Auckland CBD. It is easily reached from the airport via the motorway and either the Manukau, Manurewa, Takanini or Papakura off-ramps.
Designed by Brett Thomson, of RBT Design, with course consultant, Phil Tataurangi, in 2011 the course is known for its challenging degrees of interest. The layout is a traditional par 72, with returning 9’s of par 36. Each nine consists of two par 3’s, five par 4’s and two par 5’s. The par 3’s are designed to play in all directions of the compass while the par 5’s have been designed with the prevailing wind in mind. It is intended that the 2nd is a three shot hole for most players, the 15th and 18th being of medium length and the 14th a short par 5 that will entice most to attempt reaching the green in two shots. The downwind 15th plays as a drivable par 4 for those wishing to attempt it.
The course provides multiple start options from either the 1st, 10th, 12th,or 15th with the 9th, 11th, 14th and 18th holes finishing back at the clubhouse. Both nines are of similar length but play quite differently with varying design elements and the influence of wind direction. Apart from the undulating greens, 38 bunkers and minimal tree presence, the major feature of the course is the water in its many forms with four large lakes interlaced with numerous burns (streams) threading their way in and out of impressive, yet imposing, wetland areas.
It is a course that can be challenging or challenged by any level of player on every hole and every shot.