Kinloch Golf Course - near Treetops Lodge


The Jack Nicklaus designed, Kinloch Club, just a 45 minute drive from Treetops Lodge is often compared to the classic links courses in Scotland and Ireland. However, instead of traditional ocean 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 #1 golf course a select team of New Zealand Golf Professionals it is the only Jack Nicklaus designed course in New Zealand. 

Unpack, Inhale and UnwindTreetops invites guests to play at their sister lodge course by invitation. 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. 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.

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.

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For a number of years now, The Kinloch Club is ranked #1 course in New Zealand by Andrew Whiley, NZ Golf Professional. Ranking was assisted by 22 NZ registered Golf Professionals, Tour Professionals (including Greg Turner, Michael Hendry, Grant Moorhead, Richard Lee and Fraser Wilkin), leading Golf Club Professionals, two top women golfers, top golf course Superintendents and some informed golfers.  This is a true overall ranking of New Zealand golf courses from New Zealand industry leaders.


Guests are welcomed at Treetops owned, The Kinloch Club,  International Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus.  After designing golf courses in 27 different countries, Jack Nicklaus found inspiration in The Kinloch Club for the first and only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course to be built in New Zealand in 2007. The Kinloch Club offers a dramatically undulating New Zealand landscape, overlooking Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Kinloch's fairways are contoured and conditioned for ground play and flecked with disheveled bunkers.

Voted  '#1 New Zealand Golf Course' by New Zealand professional golfers 2014

“Having just played Kinloch for the first time, I can honestly say this is the number one golf course in New Zealand…A true Links experience with Jack Nicklaus at his best...” – Sir Bob Charles

The Kinloch Golf Course is a short helicopter flight, or one hour drive from Treetops. We will book your Tee time, and we can arrange a time suitable for a spa treatment at Treetops newly opened 'Rituals' Spa.

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