Profile / History

Located on Auckland’s North Shore just ten minutes from the city, Pupuke Golf Club has been home to one of the region’s best loved golf courses for more than a century.

Formed in 1914, in recent years it has become known around the world for having nurtured two of New Zealand’s finest golfers, Lydia Ko and Michael Hendry.

Golfers of all levels will be delighted by the spectacular views and thrilling challenge presented by Pupuke’s wonderful 18-hole course.

Expert coaching is available from the club’s two NZPGA-qualified Professionals, with the latest technology on offer to help improve your game and take it to the next level.

The Pro Shop is well stocked with the latest golfing fashion and equipment, with custom fitting available to optimise your golf club purchases.

The club welcomes golf groups, with friendly staff committed to creating a day to remember both on and off the course.

The clubhouse atmosphere is special and Pupuke prides itself on providing good food, great service and a friendly welcome.

Pupuke Golf Club is YOUR community club and the facilities are available to hire for members and non-members.

It is a fabulous location to host functions of all kinds, from birthday celebrations and retirement parties to wedding receptions and wakes.

The corporate community is equally welcome – Pupuke makes a great venue for a conference, business meeting or awards dinner.

Visitors are most welcome and we invite you to come and discover everything we have to offer. Come and see the club that creates champions!

Pupuke has produced many fine players over the years, most notably Lydia Ko, who came up through the junior ranks to become the world’s top woman golfer.

Since she walked into the Pupuke Pro Shop as a five-year-old with her mother Tina and asked then club Pro Guy Wilson for a lesson, Lydia’s meteoric rise has been the stuff of legend.

During their 11-year association as player and coach, Lydia became the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world for 130 weeks before turning professional in October 2013.

She became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event (New South Wales Women’s Open at age 14), the youngest person ever to win on the LPGA Tour (Canadian Women’s Open at age 15) and in August 2013, she became the only amateur to win two LPGA Tour events.

The accolades have just kept on coming: World No.1 as a professional, multiple Major winner, Olympic Games silver medalist (Rio, 2016) – there seems to be no ceiling to the success she will achieve in the game.

Lydia was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to golf in the 2019 New Year Honours, an incredible honour that no doubt she will treasure as much as being awarded life membership of Pupuke Golf Club in 2016!

Another well-known Pupuke alumni is Michael Hendry. Michael turned professional in 2005 and enjoyed his debut win as a pro at the 2012 New Zealand PGA Championship, an event he successfully defended the following year after a playoff.

His biggest win to date came in the 2017 ISPS Handa New Zealand Open, when he triumphed in a three-way playoff at Millbrook to become the first Kiwi to win the event in 14 years.

Michael’s victory completed a remarkable double for Pupuke, as it meant that two former juniors at the club were concurrently New Zealand Open champions, Lydia Ko having won the 2016 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open, her third triumph in that event having also won it in 2013 (as a 15-year-old amateur) and 2015.

Pupuke is proud to have played some part in the careers of both Lydia and Michael and their names and photos adorn the clubhouse.

Both are fondly remembered and members recall with a smile the time when as a youngster Lydia did cartwheels down the course between shots.

Other notable Pupuke alumni include Richard Lee – who was the first player to shoot 59 in a competitive round in New Zealand – Josh Carmichael, and Ross Newdick.

Guy Wilson, now the Director of Instruction for the Institute of Golf, made a name for himself as one of the country’s top coaches while working at Pupuke Golf Club.