New Zealand is a mecca of world-class golf courses with the highest number of golf courses per capita in the world. There are almost 400 courses around the country, ranging from six holes to nine or 18 holes, as well as several 18-plus hole courses.
Golfing is almost as ubiquitous as the sea on this island nation. You are never further than one hour from a golf course – and in Queenstown, that shrinks to just minutes – and all are easily accessible with a car rental from Hertz New Zealand. Golf courses in New Zealand offer good value for money and an array of beautiful environments, including some quite unusual courses. From small rural clubs to premium courses, this is a dream golfing destination. The dress code is generally standard across courses – collared shirts and golf shoes with socks.
Here are some golf courses to check out with your Queenstown Airport car hire.
Built in a glacial valley surrounded by soaring mountains, The Hills is an exclusive course that has been home to the New Zealand Golf Open in the past few years. Its lakes, wetlands and waterways, native plants and stunning sculptures combine to make an unforgettable golfing experience. It’s a the short drive from Queenstown on outskirts of Arrowtown in the Wakatipu Basin. Non members should contact the course manager directly.
Located between the Remarkables mountain range and beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Jacks Point in Queenstown is truly at one with its natural environment. Every hole is blessed with amazing scenery as the landscape rises and falls, with the 1-hole course running up to the lake’s edge.
Designed by Sir Bob Charles, the golf course at Millbrook is an alpine marvel to behold. Voted the best golf resort in Australasia, Millbrook has hosted guests such as former US President Bill Clinton. Millbrook offers 27 holes of premium golfing with the recent addition of the Coronet Nine.
Arrowtown is a tiny historic village with a gold-mining heritage a quick drive from Queenstown. On its outskirts is a golf course of the same name. The scenery is breathtaking, from the epic rock formations to tall trees and old stone cottage ruins, offering a unique backdrop for the par 70, 18-hole golf course.