Top 25 golf courses in New Zealand; 2014 rankings released

The Kinloch edges out The Hills and Jacks Point as New Zealand best ranked golf course in 2014.

The 2014 edition of the top 25 golf courses in New Zealand have been released with The Kinloch Golf Club in Taupo topping the rankings for the first time.

The Kinloch golf course is the only Jack Nicklaus designed course in New Zealand and has edged out The Hills and Jacks Point to the number one spot for 2014.

2014 Top 10 New Zealand golf courses

#1 Kinloch Golf Club | Taupo
#2 The Hills | Arrowtown
#3 Jacks Point Golf Course | Queenstown
#4 Cape Kidnappers | Havelock North
#5 Kauri Cliffs Golf Course | Kerikeri
#6 Wairakei Golf Course | Taupo
#7 Royal Wellington Golf Club | Wellington
#8 Paraparaumu GC | Paraparaumu Beach
#9 Titirangi GC | Auckland
#10 Millbrook Resort | Arrowtown

Aside: We reviewed Jacks Point back in 2010 and we absolutely loved it.

The rankings were compiled by NZPGA Golf Professional, Andrew Whiley who enlists the help of twenty one other New Zealand golf experts (including Greg Turner, Michael Hendry, Grant Moorhead, Richard Lee and Fraser Wilkin) to form a true overall ranking of New Zealand golf courses from New Zealand industry leaders.

From the press release:

Whiley asked each ranker to rank their “Top 12” golf courses from North Island and “Top 12” South Island golf courses. From these rankings, New Zealand’s “Top 25” rankings were produced. The “Top 5” courses in New Zealand were: Kinloch (30.2) The Hills (30), Jacks Point (29.87), Cape Kidnappers (29.81) and Kauri Cliffs (29.2) with Wairakei, Royal Wellington, Paraparaumu, Titirangi and Millbrook golf courses rounding out the top ten golf courses.

New Zealand’s five highest ranked golf courses are extremely well-regarded and the tight rankings show how good the golf courses are, with Kinloch moving into the top spot. All top five golf courses were within a point of each other and #2, #3 and #4 were all within 0.19 of point difference. This reflects the quality of courses which are all relatively new to the New Zealand golf market.

We have some cracking golf courses in Australia but lets not forget how good the golf is across the Tasman either. Might be time to check a few of these golf New Zealand courses out if you haven’t already.

Check out the New Zealand golf courses rankings including a break down across the North and South Islands.

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