Jack Nicklaus’ much-anticipated signature Kinloch course opened in 2007 and has been a big hit with golfers ever since. Located just 20 minutes from Taupo, it is a very testing inland links course that flows over rolling countryside with fescue and heather grasses. To really enjoy this championship course you must select the right tees to play from and drive well. Having a good short game will help you navigate the sloping greens, too. The front nine offers a good mix of short and long holes but it’s standing on the par-4 10th where reality hits – you are presented with an amazing vista overlooking the back nine and Lake Taupo. The risk/reward nature of the golf course and the character of the land left a huge impression on our judges, a couple of whom rate it New Zealand’s best.