The Kinloch Club Ranks #1 Golf Course in New Zealand - OFFICIAL !

We are delighted at the announcement on 1st October that a panel of rankers of top professionals and industry specialists within New Zealand, have ranked Kinloch the No.1 course in the country for 2014. The process adopted in 2014 saw the introduction of the Golf Digest technique of ranking, where seven categories were judged - shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience.

You can view the full ranking results by clicking on the following link :

Kinloch ranks NZ's Top golf course!

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To Quote Sir Bob Charles, New Zealand's Open Golf Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer : "Having just played Kinloch for the first time 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."

As New Zealand's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, and with arguably some of the countries finest drainage, The Kinloch Club offers fantastic conditions to play year round. And we have some fantastic opportunities to experience this prestigious golf course at fantastic value. Contact us now on 07-377-8484, or contact us using the email form found throughout the website. We also have an active and growing Facebook community where we update regularly on goings on at the course, as well as updated special offers, so ensure you "Like" our Facebook page to keep in touch.

Now ranked at No.76 by Golf Digest Magazine in the Top 100 golf courses in the World outside the US, The Kinloch Club has become a must visit golf experience for travelling golfers and local New Zealand golfers alike.

At The Kinloch Club, we welcome all golfing guests to experience this outstanding Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, located in the central North Island of New Zealand. Only a 20 minute drive from the tourist town of Taupo, The Kinloch Club has become a must play on any golfers itinerary who wishes to experience the true challenge of a Championship layout golf course. International and Kiwi golfing guests alike, are discovering the truly magical experience that a round of golf offers at this remarkable golf facility.

The Kinloch Golf Club was completed and open for public play in February 2008. Jack Nicklaus visited to officially open the golf course and was extremely impressed with the final product.

Since opening the stature and maturity of the golf course has grown significantly as increasing numbers of guests experience the truly unique character of the golf course which challenges every single aspect of a golfers game.

27,000 years since a super eruption created the stunning landscape and pumice soil base, Jack Nicklaus has created a masterpiece which could fool you into thinking the course has been there for over a century. A stunning backdrop of Lake Taupo to the south and the Kinloch hills to the east creates a unique ambiance that is rarely experienced anywhere else in the world.

5 sets of tees offer all levels of golfer a remarkable day at Kinloch, topped off with exceptional service at the fully stocked pro-shop, as well as exquisite food at the Restaurant and Bar. Opportunities also exist to stay onsite at The Kinloch Club at two available properties on site within the golf course gates (Dunalistair House and No.2, The Fairways). View our Accommodation page for more details.

Make a Tee Time Request:

The course is open for play 7 days a week.

Final tee times for 18 holes during the summer months is 1.30pm, unless by prior arrangement. Please call the pro shop on 07-377-8484 for instant bookings or tee-times wishing to be played within 24 hours.

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A Top 100 World Ranking in Golf Course Architecture Magazine in 2013 is a proud achievement, as the ranking is one from 200 golf architect peers!

The Kinloch Club also made the Golf Digest Top 100 Courses in the World outside the US in 2012 -

View the Ranking List here :


"Jack Nicklaus played an exhibition in New Zealand forty-five years ago and fell hard for the place. But despite having designed courses in thirty countries, Nicklaus hadn't left his mark on the Land of the Long White Cloud until now.

After four years of planning and construction, overlooking moody Lake Taupo in volcanic terrain, Nicklaus has completed The Kinloch Club. The course rumbles across a dramatically undulating landscape punctuated by exposed rock. Its fairways are contoured and conditioned for ground play and flecked with disheveled bunkers."

(Best New Courses 2007- US Travel and leisure Golf magazine - Nigel Wall)