Two Auckland golf clubs are moving out of the suburbs and others are considering their options as developers seek land for housing.
Nearly 1000 homes and a private school are set to be built on golf course land in deals providing lifelines to clubs facing financial pressure.
Auckland needs land for future housing, and flat golf courses in the suburbs are being keenly sought by developers.
Manukau Golf Club will move from suburban Takanini to rural Alfriston in several years, while North Shore's Peninsula Club will relocate to rural Wainui.
New Zealand Golf says the deals enable the clubs to clear debts and build more modern facilities to help alter a trend of ageing or declining memberships.
Two other long-established clubs, Maungakiekie and The Grange, say they are considering options which they won't yet disclose.