Although Queenstown is revered as an adrenalin destination, with bungy, whitewater and skiing high on many travellers’ lists it is also high on the agenda as a world-class golf destination.
Millbrook has won many awards over the years, including Best Golf Resort in Australasia 2010, 2011 and 2012, and provides an excellent on-site stay for golf-keen travellers. It’s one of those delicious places where you can wake in the morning, throw open the curtains and gaze lovingly over the greens and across to the distant mountains. There are three 9-hole courses on site giving a total of 27 holes to play. The championship course was originally designed by Sir Bob Charles and later renovated by Greg Norman. There’s also a covered driving range and an in-house golf school.
Millbrook is also recognised as a leading health spa and is close to Queenstown, Arrowtown and the other excellent golf courses in the region. vThe Hills, almost next door to Millbrook, is an equally famous golf course opened by leading New Zealand jeweller, Michael Hill. Having grown from a backyard 3 par course to a highly regarded championship course The Hills combines the beauty of the surrounding mountains and farmlands with an excellent golf facility and an esteemed sculpture park.
With 18 holes set over 500 acres it also combines a good workout with beautiful art. Michael Hill’s collection of large outdoor sculptures includes evocative pieces like The Wolves Are Coming, Solace in the Wind and Kelp. All but one are by Australasian sculptors.
The Jack’s Point golf course is across the other side of Queenstown, on the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu. With commanding lake views and the staggering backdrop of the Remarkables range, Jack’s Point is Queenstown’s third championship course. This 18 hole par 72 course weaves its way through the landscape, nestled amongst wind-swept tussock, rocky outcrops and native bush.
It’s easy to fly into Queenstown, rent a Hertz Queenstown airport car rental and settle yourself at a favoured accommodation. From there you can play each of the three championship golf courses, add in some fly fishing and a lake cruise and easily fill a week, without mentioning the word ‘adrenalin’ once. Bring your golf bag or hire the gear at the courses once you’ve arrived.