Constructure leaves footprint on New Zealand’s most exclusive golf course

Tara Iti is a unique new private golf course featuring some stunning architecture and Constructure is proud that its engineers have been handpicked to solve some of the intriguing design questions.

The country’s most exclusive golf course near Mangawhai was last year ranked the sixth in the world by Golf Digest, the highest ever entry for a new facility.

The course is the brainchild of American investor Richard Kayne who fell in love with the area in 1996 and asked famed course designer Tom Doak to develop a course for his family and friends.

The keen golfer soon recognised that Tara Iti was too special to keep for himself and opened the doors to other members, and these are carefully selected by Jim Rohrstaff who manages memberships and real estate on the course. And the real estate is impressive, in design and size.

Constructure Director James Knight says that the private homes at Tara Iti are large-scale developments and require a corresponding scale of engineering for the bespoke and open plan spaces being created.

Leading Auckland architect John Irving has designed several of the homes in the Mangawhai dunes, as well as the guest cottages, concierge building and the health studio, and his studio relies on his dependable association with Constructure to provide the structural engineering expertise.

Two of the homes are the Owner’s Cottage and the Tequila House.

Irving designed the Owner’s Cottage around a driftwood concept. Seemingly all roof, this home features a weathered cedar slatted ceiling over a translucent roof.

Constructure’s Knight says the dimensions of that roof, and some of the others on Tara Iti, require a level of engineering that is more appropriate for a commercial building.

“This coastline can experience some very high winds and even cyclones, so it required plenty of design work to ensure these buildings are well anchored to the ground,” says James.

“The architect’s designs may bring to mind sails or kites, but we don’t want to them to take off!”

The Constructure director says that Tara Iti projects have been some of the “coolest” his team has been working on in recent years and is looking forward to other stunning designs that are in the pipeline for this amazing golf course.

Fortunately, James will not be distracted by the lure of the greens and the fairways as he is not a golfer…yet.

“That may be reason why they like working with me, not being a keen golfer, so I can keep my eye on the job and I won’t be asking for a free round,” laughs James.