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The Kinloch Club Golf Course

Taupo, New Zealand

At a Glance

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Golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Kinloch Club is often compared to the classic link courses in Scotland and Ireland. However, instead of traditional sea views, this world-class championship Par 72 course is positioned between panoramic views of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest fresh-water lake, and the natural beauty of rugged rural farmland. The only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course to be built in New Zealand, Kinloch showcases a design philosophy that aims to enhance the natural environment, allowing the surroundings of the stunning Taupo region to shape each hole. Additionally, the golf course has luxury onsite accommodation known as the Kinloch Manor & Villas, which overlook the golf course and surrounds. We recommend this luxury accommodation as a weekender for romantics or short-stay golf trips.


The Kinloch Club was voted in the top 10 new golf courses in the world by US Travel and Leisure golf magazine (the only course outside of North America to feature in that prestigious list). Although technically not a true links course, it cleverly merges aspects of both links and parkland course design.

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Golf Course Information

The Par 72 course is an eye-catching centrepiece in the dramatic New Zealand landscape overlooking Lake Taupo and provides a uniquely challenging course that has golf enthusiasts returning for more. Nicklaus uses natural features to enhance shot values so that golfers can work on every aspect of their game – an approach that has earned him an enviable reputation. Experienced golfers consider every hole at this 18-hole course to be a Signature hole, where a certain depth of mystery repeatedly defies players to find their best landing shots onto the green.


Rugged bunkers are strewn across the course, adding to the challenge and provide a confronting picture as players tee off. The fairways are contoured and conditioned for ground play and possess New Zealand’s finest drainage making it arguably the country’s best all season course.


“I can honestly say this is the number one golf course in New Zealand. For those unable to play the great links courses of Scotland, Kinloch compares with the best of them. A true links experience with Jack Nicklaus at his best.” – Sir Bob Charles

Venue Information

The Kinloch Club Golf Course has an impressive array of facilities and services including a 3-tier grass tee practice area/range, putting and chipping green facilities, golf shop, fleet of electric carts, hire clubs and trundlers, on course PGA golf professionals and a Clubhouse restaurant and licensed bar.


Both the golf course and the Clubhouse have been designed to stringent standards and specifications to meet the Jack Nicklaus design and international golfing requirements. The Clubhouse serves food, from early on-course breakfast to-go snacks to hearty post-round meals.

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