Course Profile

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“Having just played Kinloch for the first time I can honestly say this is the number one golf course in New Zealand’’. So declared legendary New Zealand golfer Sir Bob Charles after playing Kinloch for the first time.

Designed by one of the games best strategic thinkers, Kinloch is New Zealand’s only Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. With panoramic views of New Zealand’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Taupo and the natural beauty of rugged rural farmland, this world-class championship Par 72 course is a hybrid between a links and a Parkland course although it is often compared to the classic link courses of Scotland and Ireland.

The design philosophy behind Kinloch was to enhance the natural environment – and allow the surroundings of the stunning Taupo region to shape each hole. But beware, it’s tough. The only flat lie you will have is on the tee box, so be prepared. Extensive bunkering guards the front of the greens and you’ll have to think carefully of every single hole shot. As Kinloch’s Director of Golf Tom Long states ‘’If you don’t come out of Kinloch mentally exhausted, your scores going to blow out.’’

Top World Ranking

The Kinloch Golf Course is renowned globally as one of the best golf courses in the world. It’s also a one-of-a-kind in New Zealand. We’re proud to have achieved the following top world rankings.


Top 100 in the World

Golf Course Architecture Magazine.


No. 2 in New Zealand

Golf Australia Magazine


Top 100 outside America

Golf Digest Magazine


Top 100 in the World

Top 100 Golf Courses


Top 3 in New Zealand

Asian Golf Monthly


Top New Course in the World outside North America

Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine

When Jack Nicklaus was asked which was the signature hole for Kinloch, Nicklaus replied there isn’t one, all 18 holes are signature holes. And many of the golfing elite agree, that’s why Kinloch was ranked as New Zealand’s number one golf course in 2014 by a select team of New Zealand golf professionals, in the top 10 new golf courses in the world by US Travel and Leisure golf magazine and 76th in the world by Golf Digest Magazine for golf courses outside of America.

Kinloch Club Golf Course Taupo bunkers and sand traps

The par 72 eighteen hole Championship golf course measures:

from the Black tees
from the Blue tees
from the White tees
from the Red tees

In February 2008 the Golden Bear returned to play the course for the first time since completion. Jack was extremely happy with how his vision had come to fruition and was greatly impressed with the maturity of the golf course after it’s ‘grow in’ stage.

Kinloch will challenge every level of golfer but you’ll certainly enjoy it. Don’t miss your opportunity to play one of the best courses in the world.

The Kinloch Club is open for play 7 days a week and has an impressive array of facilities and services including a 3 tier grass tee practice area/range, putting and chipping green facilities, golf shop, electric cart fleet, club hire and trundlers, on course PGA golf professionals and a Clubhouse restaurant and licenced bar.

Kinloch Club Golf Course Tom Long Director of Golf playing Tee shot

Director of Golf

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Kinloch Club Golf Course hole with pin and fairway with Lake Taupo in the distance

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Kinloch Club Golf Course fifth hole with tall trees linking the edge of the course

Practice Facilities

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