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The Kinloch Club - Golf Course

261 Kinloch Road, Kinloch 3377, New Zealand
+64 7-377 8484
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Great golf setting

We played on a soggy Winter's day, but loved the golf course all the same. A really interesting... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
Martyn S
Auckland Central, New Zealand
via mobile
Fabulous course

Great golf course with spectacular views. Would definitely visit and play again. Cafe was... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2017
Claire W
Auckland, New Zealand
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"Designing a golf course is my total expression. My golf game can only go on so long. But what I have learned can be put into a piece of ground and that will last beyond me." - Jack Nicklaus Golf at the Jack Nicklaus designed The 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. Ranked as New Zealand's number one golf course a select team of New Zealand Golf Professionals. 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. 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. 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. To enhance the golf experience, The Lodge at Kinloch opened in January 2016, offering a luxury resort experience designed by multi-award winning Andrew Patterson of Patterson Architects. Perhaps New Zealand's best internationally known and published architect. The Lodge interiors have been masterfully designed by Virginia Fisher who is renowned for her work involving luxury lodges and hotels both in New Zealand and around the world. Patterson and Fisher have applied their formidable skills on the exterior and interior design creating expansive accommodation spaces of 1 and 2-bedroom villas. All feature stunning nature inspired designer elements including vista windows of the lake and course, huge log fireplaces, sensational marble bathrooms and secluded furnished terraces. A world-class restaurant using produce reared from the private 2000 ha owners estate adheres to the 'Estate to Plate' organic philosophy where possible, of course matched with New Zealand and worlds best wines. Complementing the sporting of the internationally recognised golf course is a resort offering excellent in-lodge and villa entertainment facilities, an onsite spa specialising in sporting therapeutic and organic wellness treatments, an awesome infinity pool (opening Spring 2016), a gym and tennis courts. The Lodge is also an unequaled new choice for weddings, conferences, private golf tournaments and very much more. 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 licenced 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. Kinloch Club's course and facilities are open 7 days per week throughout the year.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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261 Kinloch Road, Kinloch 3377, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We played on a soggy Winter's day, but loved the golf course all the same. A really interesting challenge in a beautiful setting. The pro took the time to give us some fantastic tips on how to play some of the more tricky holes -...More

Thank Martyn S
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Great golf course with spectacular views. Would definitely visit and play again. Cafe was expecially nice afterwards with beautiful selection of food.

Thank Claire W
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This was our first round in New Zealand and it didn't disappoint. This is a Nicklaus course and he likes to play with your visuals and challenge your game. The course was in great shape and we highly recommend you add it to your trip....More

Thank TahoeNVTravelers
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

If you passing by the area of Kinloch do stop. Had a great karajoz brand coffee at cafe. Nice aspect of rural view. Don't have to be a guest of lodge. Barista a maori girl said fresh coffee delivered daily. Great coffee. Didn't see a...More

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 20 February 2017

What a treat! Our group of 14 had the privilege of spending two nights here and playing golf. This place is special and goes so far beyond the spectacular golf course. Paul greeted us in the shop like we were old friends and gave us...More

Thank andrewrice
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Nice links golf course. Many bunkers and nice scenery of Taupo Lake. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Thank 3luciaj
Reviewed 2 February 2017

The Kinloch Golf Club cafe is now open to the public whether or not you are playing golf there. My wife & I went in for a light lunch & coffee whilst on our recent fishing trip to Kinloch. The coffee was great & the...More

1  Thank cadogan2016
Reviewed 29 November 2016

A fantastic course and worthy of the rave reviews and rankings. If you can, it's worth playing twice because the first round is very much a learning experience

Thank WillBrooks70
TheKinlochClub, Director of Golf at The Kinloch Club - Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Thank you Will for your kind words, will pass this onto the Golf team. - Tom Long

Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We were welcomed at the pro shop like old friends. We got a run down on the course which definitely helped the game and supplied with everything I could possibly need to enjoy the round ahead. Tom went out of his way to look after...More

1  Thank Kevin N
TheKinlochClub, Owner at The Kinloch Club - Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Fantastic review, thank you for the time taken to write such a great account of your experience playing The Kinloch Club, and a special mention to our Golf Director Tom Long - John Sax

Reviewed 30 September 2016

Fantastic Jack Niklaus design course. I am a single hcp player but was eaten alive by this course. Great experience but do not expect to lower your hcp here.

Thank Paul B
TheKinlochClub, Manager at The Kinloch Club - Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2016

But what a great experience! Tom Long - Director of Golf, The Kinloch Club

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