Thursday morning it was on to Kinloch Golf Club. We had another great night with Pat and use at their wonderful B&B Ambleside. Jack Nicholas designed this course about 7 years ago for a wealthy New Zealander that had no knowledge of golf, Phil, the golf professional thinks that the owner googled,”best golfer in the world” and found Jack and had him design it. What is beautiful about the course is that very little land was transformed and Nicholas used the natural layout of the acreage to form the basis for the course. The course is links style with difficult carries but we thought one of the most beautiful layouts thus far.
There were not many choices on which tee to play it was 7,000 from the tips or 6,500 from the white tees or 5,200 from the reds so we choose the white tees. It was a little too much for our games! The links layout is stunning to the eyes with many of the holes very memorable. It played up and down the surrounding hills and was quite beautiful to the eye. We thought of the three courses we had played and it was by far the most interesting and challenging. For a low handicapper, it would be a super challenge and a great experience, for us it was a very difficult course but one we would play again.
After finishing we headed out for Hawkes Bay and the Millhills Lodge with a scheduled round at Cape Kidnappers.