Muriwai Downs

PHOTO: A developer has applied for resource consent to turn Muriwai Downs heritage farm into a luxury golf course and lodge for New Zealand’s golfing elite.

According to STUFF a developer has applied for resource consent to turn an Auckland farm into a luxury golf course and lodge for overseas tourists and golf elite.

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The application proposes to build the new 19-hole golf course three kilometres northeast of the Muriwai Beach township and the existing Muriwai Golf Club.

According to the application, it has been designed to ensure it will achieve “marquee status”. Only courses with superb natural backdrops and designed by world-class architects are granted this status, ac

Stuff understands the proposed course has been designed by retired professional golfer Greg Turner, who ranked 18th in the 1997 European Tour.

The property will require a total of 13 bridges to be built over streams, wetlands and gully areas to provide efficient access and protect ecological features.

The farm has two waterfalls, conservation wetlands and the 4ha Lake Okaihau.
SUPPLIED The farm has two waterfalls, conservation wetlands and the 4ha Lake Okaihau.

The application said the course would be focused on catering for a growing international and domestic demand for golf-related tourism in Auckland.

The development would include “several helipads” and it was anticipated there would be between six and 10 helicopter movements a day.

The application suggested noise levels would not exceed 85 decibels.

“This helicopter facility will enable clients and members to fly into the golf course from Auckland Airport or from other golf resorts,” it said.

The development includes a sports academy which the application said would provide state-of-the-art training and playing facilities for “the New Zealand golf fraternity”.

It said a new driving range would be for “training activities” but not “general entertainment”.

However, only a third of overnight guests were expected to actually play golf.

In addition to the 19-hole course, the development would include wellness centre and a luxury lodge with about 26 units.