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New to golf? Tips for Taupō golf courses

by Reece Witters | Auld Man Par

If you’re new to golf, thankfully Taupō has all kinds of golf for all kinds of golfers.

Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary - bridge
Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary in Taupō town

Whether you’re a junior, fairly new to golf (or returning to golf!), or perhaps you prefer to golf in a more relaxed, less ‘advanced’ setting, Taupō has you covered. We’ve got options to welcome you onto the fairways in a safe, friendly and non-intimidating environment. Find out more about Taupo golf clubs below.

All of the ‘Big Three’ premier courses in Taupō itself have the convenient benefit of a neighbouring course which is perfectly suited for all golfers new to the game.

Play courses near Taupō town

Kinloch Village Golf Club

Bordering the bigger and famed Kinloch Club Golf Course, this pretty little lakeside 9-hole routing can also be enjoyed from different tee boxes for an 18-hole loop. Welcoming and charming, this is a perfect option for beginners to get comfortable on the golf course.

Tauhara Golf Course - Taupō Golf Club

Tauhara Golf Course (Taupō Golf Club)

Tauhara Golf Course is the second course as part of the Taupō Golf Club. With less traffic and more accommodating golf for people new to the game, Tauhara is an enjoyable 18-hole course to work on your game in a pleasant and well-conditioned setting. Only a few minutes from Taupō town, it’s worth checking out!

Relaxed country courses near Taupō, suitable for entry-level golf

Mangakino Golf Course

Situated between the Mangakino township and Lake Maraetai, this is a flat and gently undulating 10-hole course with picturesque views of Lake Maraetai and the surrounding forest. A fun and welcoming country course visit.

Tūrangi Golf Course

A popular course to stop and play on a road trip through the Central Plateau. Tūrangi Golf Course offers a beautiful and lush parklands-style golf course with beautiful views and interesting golf holes.

Reporoa Golf Course

Country-style golf course with holes neatly routed through forestry and farm blocks. Tranquil and welcoming, with that well-renowned firm underfoot Taupō conditions.

Other ways to play golf in Taupō

Driving range - Prodrive Golf Taupō

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a golfer who doesn’t enjoy hitting balls at the driving range. It’s the perfect place to work on your swing, have a laugh, and shake off any rust before a golf outing, or simply a fun golf outing on its own. Fun for the whole family.

Swingers Putt Putt - Mini Golf in Taupo
Swingers Putt Putt

Mini golf - Swingers Putt Putt

A recent addition to the Taupō golf offering, the Swingers Putt Putt 18-hole mini putt course takes you on a journey around the central plateau showcasing the geography and many adventure-based tourism locations that the region has to offer. Lit by LED lights at night, enjoy a meal at Mavericks Gastro Pub right next door and watch the kids from the deck.


Coaching is a great option for getting your game and golf pursuit off on the right foot. Whilst in holiday mode, there's no better time to enquire at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary, The Kinloch Club, or Taupō Golf Club, or the Driving Range for lessons with the golf pro. It's worth noting that you do not need to book a tee time to have a lesson.


Golf NZ has created Futures to empower young people to learn at their own pace, meet new friends and provide opportunities for young people and families to learn and play together. Futures has something for young people of all ages and abilities - keep across any upcoming events below.

Get Into Golf

Get Into Golf is another Golf NZ initiative about creating enjoyable and social experiences for adults of all ages who are new or returning to golf.

She Loves Golf

Yet another welcoming Golf NZ initiative, She Loves Golf is about creating enjoyable and social experiences for women of all ages to inspire a love for golf. There are events, promotions and opportunities to learn and play at clubs and driving ranges throughout the country, all tailored especially for women. Keep an eye on what might be happening in Taupō.

All Abilities

Golf NZ provides well-run events and programs for all levels and abilities. Keep an eye on their All Abilities page for upcoming events.

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