Course Architect – Tom Doak

Mr Doak has a history of brilliant outcomes in Australia and New Zealand, and has extensive knowledge of the course site from both his recent visits, and from when he studied the land in preparation for submitting plans in the late 1990s for the original design and construction of the Ocean and Moonah courses.

Mr Doak made an excellent presentation to the Board of the Company, and after careful consideration Mr Doak was selected to oversee the Course redesign for reasons including:

  • His internationally recognised branding;
  • His history of first class courses throughout the world;
  • His proven performance when working with similar dunes land;
  • His proven quality of workmanship including in the important area of shaping of greens; and
  • The quality of his design submission and proposal.

The Board and the Committee of the Club are excited about the prospect of working with him. 

More information on Mr Doak’s compelling CV, background and some of his achievements can be accessed via the following links:



“Tom is incredibly understanding of the natural topography of a piece of land. He is visionary in his ability to convert terrain into a spectacular golf hole that complements, but does not compete with the surrounding environment. However Tom’s understanding of golf course development extends beyond the creative realm. He is also very conscious of cost controls and understands the importance of working within budget and time constraints when executing a project”

Richard Sattler (Owner,  Barnhougle Dunes)

Tom Doak’s creation at Tara Iti has proven to be far more popular with raters than his other high profile New Zealand design at Cape Kidnappers. Doak and his crew transformed a heavily forested coastal site alongside Bream Bay (1.5 hours north of Auckland) into a stunning and cerebral layout, with fairways weaving their way between sprawling sandy waste areas. Tara lti will no doubt find its way into our next World Top 100. The question is how high will it debut?”