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Sir Bob Charles, on playing Kinloch for the first time, stated "Having just played Kinloch for the first time I can honestly say this is the # 1 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." A must-play on any golfing itinerary for visitors to New Zealand, Kinloch is a world-class championship design from top golf course architect Jack Nicklaus (18 times Major winner). Located in the central North Island, Kinloch is easily accessible from all the main centres, including Auckland (3 hour drive), Rotorua (55 minute drive), Wellington (4 hour drive) and is only a short distance from Taupo.