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Golf: Coming To Kiwiland - Kinloch - Kinda Hard Goin'

Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland
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In Part 2, I mentioned the Big Three, relatively speaking, new additions to great golf courses in New Zealand - Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and the Jack Nicklaus designed Kinloch.

Kinloch is considered by many Kiwi golfers as the toughest of the three. And it’ll come as something of a shock to those who played the less demanding Wairakei or Taupo Centennial prior to pitting themselves against Jack’s very demanding design.

Here’s Jack playing “his” course

Kinloch isn’t your typical resort course and that’s the good news, the not so good news is it’s kinda tough. And I’m of the opinion that even if the average Kiwi golfer was prepared to regularly pay the high green fees, they’d chose not to frequently play Kauri Cliffs, Kidnappers or Kinloch because of their degree of difficulty.

This from the Kinloch Golf Club web site:

“On a visit in 2011 to Kinloch, the legendary Sir Bob Charles offered this statement as feedback after his round:

"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."

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