Queenstown is famous for many things… skiing, bungy jumping, jet boating the Shotover River and golf.
Three days, three rounds, at three magnificent courses.
All picturesque in their own way, these championship golf courses showcase the Wakatipu landscape.
If you are lucky enough to know one of the 200 members at The Hills, convince them to invite you as a guest.
The course is a work of art with carpet like fairways and near mountainous terrain in some places that has created panoramic tees. The exhilaration from whacking a ball from these elevated lookouts is as intoxicating as the mountains themselves.
It is not by chance the mass tussock planting and golden-sand bunkers create a sculptured effect on the fairways, as owner, Michael Hill, has a passion for sculpture. With many creative works around the course, including “Dragonflies” by New Zealander Mark Hill and “The Frolic and the Fancy,” also by a New Zealander, Max Patte, it all culminates on the 18th hole. “The Wolves are Coming” confronts you as you come over the rise to the 18th tee. One hundred and eleven pieces in total, this work by Chinese, Lui Ruowang is unforgettable.
At the base of the Remarkable Mountain range, soaring 2300 vertical metres into the sky, is Jack’s Point golf course. We follow the school bus, into the Jack’s Point community confines and the club house and restaurant are hard to miss with dominating chimneys, raw concrete and exposed wood – inspired by the traditional kiwi woolshed.
The welcoming fires in the club house and restaurant are not for show, as the course is exposed so warm clothing is recommended.
Designed around the natural landscape, the course weaves through native tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and swathes of native bush on the edge of Lake Wakatipu.
It has its challenges so when looking for those balls don’t forget to take time to admire the raw scenery and the magnitude of the Remarkable ranges.
Make a day of it and have lunch at Jack’s Point Restaurant. The shared plates and delicious Amisfield wines are as memorable as the golf.
Cost per round $195.00 inclusive of a cart.
Sitting beneath Coronet Peak, Millbrook’s 27-hole golf course is part of the Millbrook Resort and Spa with houses doted around the courses and more under construction. It was voted the Best Golf Hotel in New Zealand at the inaugural World Golf Awards in 2014.
Made up of three 9-hole courses, The Remarkables, The Arrow and The Coronet ensure there is variety of terrain to mix and match your course.
The Hole in One cafe is great for a light lunch and a drink afterwards.
Golf inclusive of a cart is between $105 and $165.
Other courses in Queenstown