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Golf Australia Express : June 2014
memorabilia, and what must be the biggest open fireplace I have ever seen, welcomed me. The hunting theme continued into an adjacent room which had half a dozen stag heads lined up the wall, making me feel like I’d just walked into a scene from Big Buck Hunter. After a guided tour and an incredible fine dining experience with two American couples it was time to retire to my palatial lodge. Picture a five-star mountain chalet in Switzerland made of stone and surrounded by a deep green New Zealand fern forest. This is Treetops, and life is good. It was about to get better. The next morning I awoke with the knowledge I’d be playing the majestic Jack Nicklaus designed Kinloch Club course. Situated on the shores of the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest lake, Lake Taupo, I knew I was in for a golfing treat. The name Kinloch is derived from a Scottish name meaning Head of the Loch (or lake) and the course is surrounded to the east by large, forest and native grass-lined paddocks that disappear up into the hills, and to the south by the lake itself and two volcanic mountains of Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro. As I arrive at the course I see fairways easing their way through the rolling hills of what looks like a typical Kiwi farm. On closer inspection I notice the links course has been perfectly positioned to fit the natural landscape. PICTURE A FIVE- STAR CHALET IN SWITZERLAND SURROUNDED BY A NEW ZEALAND FERN FOREST. THIS IS TREETOPS, AND LIFE IS GOOD.