Taupo Golf Club (Centennial) - Top 100 Golf Courses of New Zealand
 
Taupo (Centennial), New Zealand
 
North Island  North Island New Zealand  New Zealand
Taupo Golf Club
32 Centennial Drive
Taupo
North Island
New Zealand
ArchitectUnknown
Head Professional/Director of GolfJames Morgan
Telephone+64 (0) 7 378 6933
Location1 mile NE of Taupo town centre
Websites Golf Club Website
VisitorsWelcome - contact in advance
Club Secretary/ ManagerGrant Hill
 

Taupo itself sits on the shores of Lake Taupo, which occupies centre stage in the volcanic Central Plateau area. It’s the jumping off spot for Tongariro National Park, home of one of the world’s great walks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It has also become an unlikely hub for high quality golf, especially after the construction of nearby Kinloch (opened in 2008), but Taupo Golf Club has been here a lot longer than that.

The club officially opened for business in 1931 and golf was played over a 9-hole course that is now part of the club’s second string Tauhara course which was extended to 18 holes in 1954 due to popular demand. Further expansion of the town, due to burgeoning tourism, farming and other businesses saw the construction of a new course, the Centennial, completed in 1973 (three years after its higher profile neighbour, Wairakei).

The Centennial itself is a fine example of a classic Kiwi inland course, set amongst the thermal activity prevalent in this region. The majority of the holes (1-15) meander through parkland, although they are not as remorselessly tree-lined as at many club courses in this country, and the occasional use of wasteland brings welcome variation.  16 and 17 skirt some of the thermal wastelands before taking the golfer back home with a challenging short hole to finish.

The Centennial course has been the venue for the NZ Amateur twice, in 1986 and 2004. 
 
If the above course review article is not accurate, let us know by clicking here
 

Average Reviewers Score:   
As Iíve said before, it seems that if a course is to have a chance of being ranked in New Zealand, it generally needs to have something extra, to help it rise above the mire of bog-standard tree-lined parkland mediocrity that youíll find with alarming regularity in this country. Maybe not much extra, but something.

And I think this sums up Taupo for me. Itís got something a little different from that tedious tree-lined template, but not a great deal. After a reasonable short par 4 opener (I like a half-par to start, to mix something psychological with a swing thatís not yet trusted), bland Kiwi parkland golf takes over until the 9th, where the use of wasteland rather than trees provides some welcome change. I think from then on, the quality trends upwards as you go along, i.e. 10-12 are unremarkable, but 13 and 14 have something to encourage a bit of shotmaking. 16 I like, a dogleg around some volcanic badlands, with a super little green site. With a tempter of a short 4 and a strong one-shotter over a valley to finish, you leave with a decent enough taste in your mouth.

Ultimately though, the (golfing) reason to come to the area is Kinloch, and to a lesser extent Wairakei. Taupo (the club) must see more than a few visitors come on the back of those esteemed neighbours. Itís an obvious choice Ė no golfer should come to Taupo just to play Taupo, but if youíre in town to play the two big guns, and you fancy a warm-up somewhere close by, a swift 18 might serve your needs well. Matt Richardson
07 March 2013 Respond to above review



10 Latest course reviews
1 Crail (Balcomie)
''Played Balcomie in really difficult conditions in late-October. Very high winds and occasional heav...''
2 Trevose (Championship)
''Played this mid October and the course was in unbelievably good shape - great coverage on the fairw...''
3 Tidworth Garrison
''I know lots of golfers rate Bowood and Manor House above Tidworth, but having played Wiltshire golf...''
4 Chateau de Taulane
''This is a feel-good destination well Worth a visit. Excellent course and BEAUTIFUL surroundings. It...''
5 Whistling Straits (Straits)
''Whistling Straits is a walking course only. I played it with one of the top-ranking amateurs in Wis...''
6 Spyglass Hill
''I played Spyglass on a recent trip to Monterey and enjoyed the course. The first five holes border ...''
7 Pebble Beach
''Since I've played most of the top courses in the UK and Ireland, I have decided to devote my later ...''
8 Silver Lakes
''I played the course for the first time two weeks ago and it was a pleasure I must say. I play off 1...''
9 European Club
''Taking everything into account, quite simply the best links course I have ever played. No weak hole...''
10 Lahinch (Old)
''Played the course from fairway mats in March. In spite of that, it was still a marvellous experienc...''

Click here to see our 100 latest reviews



Home  |  Score card  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  News  |  Resorts  |  Links  |  Gems  |  Golf Breaks  |  Site Map|  Terms & Conditions|  Privacy Policy/Cookies