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The ‘Taupō 9’: tailor-made for a world-class golfing experience

Taupō is considered a golfer’s paradise with its nine highly reputable golf courses. Two of these are consistently ranked in the top 100 courses outside the US, and the top 10 marquee courses in New Zealand. A family of nine, all different, distinct and delightful in their own, welcoming way.

The Kinloch Club Golf Course

Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, The Kinloch Golf Club

The Kinloch Club golf course, New Zealand’s only Jack Nicklaus 18-hole Signature course, adds yet again to its awards by being recognised ‘2023 World Golf Awards - New Zealand’s #1 Golf Course’.

Designed by golf’s golden GOAT, and one of the greatest minds to grace the game, Jack Nicklaus, The Kinloch Club Golf Course is consistently among the top courses in New Zealand and revered the world over. Its folded, inland-rural landscapes and links characteristics are often compared to seaside courses found across the British Isles. In 2014, the Kinloch Club Golf Course was ranked number one in New Zealand and it has remained in rarefied air, among the finest courses in the country. Measuring over 6,400 meters on championship pegs, challenging the keen golfer with difficult holes and distracting, yet stunning views of the Great Lake. Kinloch is a complete golfing adventure from the first tee to the 19th. After a game, be sure to relish the panoramic views while tucking into seasonal favourites at the Course-side Café.

The Kinloch Village Golf Club

Petite, playful and pleasant - The Kinloch Village Golf Club

For a more entry-level and family-friendly option, look no further than Kinloch Village Golf Club, located outside the prestigious Kinloch Golf Club. This charming 10-hole course offers a delightful experience for golf enthusiasts of all skill levels.

At Kinloch Village Golf Club, simply deposit your green fees in the honesty box at the entrance and start a new game. Despite its smaller size, this course maintains top-notch quality. Well-maintained fairways, manicured greens, and strategically placed hazards ensure a challenging and enjoyable round.

As you navigate the course, soak in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. One of the highlights of Kinloch Village Golf Club is its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary

Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary - nature's splendour and golfing goodness!

Since 1970, Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary has been a long-standing favourite among Kiwi golfers. Voted the best golf course in New Zealand in 2010, the course contains more than 6,000 meters of undulating fairways and beautiful greens, embedded into the countryside. With a strong focus on conservation, the course provides a predator-free sanctuary for wildlife. It is host to a creche facility for kiwi chicks and a home for retired breeding takahe – two of New Zealand’s most iconic native birds. Expect to find fallow deer, Pekin ducks, colourful pheasants, meandering streams and waterfalls while strolling the fairways. Along the way, you’re somehow expected to focus on a game of golf among delightful birdsong, abundant wildlife and nature's splendour - Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary is a unique golfing experience and a must-play on any golf itinerary.

Taupō Golf Club - Centennial Course

Enjoy the adventure through Taupō Golf Club's Centennial Course

Nestled in the heart of Taupō, the Centennial Golf Course - the premier offering of Taupō Golf Club’s 36-hole property is a true golfer's paradise. This scenic course, built to commemorate Taupo's centennial anniversary, offers a striking 18-hole layout that combines natural beauty with a challenging golfing experience. The lush fairways wind their way through picturesque rolling hills, showcasing breathtaking views of Lake Taupo and the surrounding mountains. With well-manicured greens, strategically placed bunkers, and water hazards, golfers of all levels will find themselves engaged and tested at every hole. Beyond the game, the Taupo Centennial Golf Course provides a serene escape where players can immerse themselves in nature's splendour while enjoying a memorable round of golf.

Taupō Golf Club - Tauhara Course

Taupō Golf Club’s timelessly fun Tauhara Course

On the other side of the Taupō Golf Club lies the Tauhara Golf Course, a hidden gem for golf enthusiasts. Easy walking and relaxed to the core, this is a beginners' or entry-level golfers' paradise. This picturesque 18-hole course offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and challenging play. With its rolling fairways, lush greens, and stunning views of Lake Taupō’s and the surrounding countryside - and of course the majestic Mount Tauhara - it's a visual feast for players. Whether you're a golfaholic, or a beginner looking to hone your skills, Tauhara Golf Course offers an accessible and enjoyable golfing experience in a breathtaking setting.

Tūrangi Golf Club

Tūrangi - too good to miss!

Tucked away at the entrance of a historic volcano, Tūrangi Golf Club enjoys a prime location near the vibrant hub of year-round trout fishing and within easy reach of three neighbouring ski fields. This exceptional parklands course offers golfers the ideal opportunity for a delightful early morning round, with the added convenience of being able to spend the afternoon carving through the slopes or indulging in a relaxing evening of fishing along the river. Whether you're an avid golfer, a snow enthusiast, or a fishing aficionado, Tūrangi Golf Club provides the perfect blend of outdoor activities to create unforgettable days filled with excitement and enjoyment.

Mangakino Golf Club

Mark Mangakino on your map for your next golf roadie!

Located just a short distance north of Kinloch, Mangakino Golf Course offers golfers a unique experience on its flat and undulating course. Though officially categorized as a nine-hole course, it boasts a distinct 9th and 18th hole, providing the option for those seeking a full 18-hole game. With the convenience of being open all day, you can visit the country-style course at any time that suits you. The green fees can be paid conveniently through the honesty box system, allowing for a flexible and hassle-free golfing experience. Mangakino Golf Club warmly welcomes golfers to enjoy a round of golf amidst the natural beauty of its scenic course alongside Lake Maraetai.

Reporoa Golf Club

Reparoa’s riveting ravine carry will get your heart racing!

In the heart of rural Reporoa, the Reporoa Golf Course is a beloved destination cherished by local players. Spanning 18 holes, this meticulously maintained course offers a pleasant and accessible walking experience. Stretching over 5500 meters and boasting an average par of 71, the seemingly open fairways can be deceptively challenging, putting your handicap to the test. The Reporoa Golf Club provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the joy of the game while surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of Reporoa. Golf enthusiasts will find this course a delightful and rewarding experience. Be sure to save your best swing of the day for the signature shot across the unforgiving ravine!

Wairakei Resort Nine-Hole Golf Course (temporarily closed)

Part of Wairakei Resort Taupō and down the road from Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary, this nine-hole course is open to both resort guests and the public. Enjoy a fun round on the 34-par course and afterwards, meet family and friends at The Geyser House Bar.

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