Queenstown: Golf’s Southern Playground
Over the past couple of years Queenstown has become a must visit golf region, where the combination of great courses, amazing scenery, accommodation to suit all budgets and plenty of other activities make it an appealing destination.
With a favourable exchange rate and short direct flights from the east coast, more and more of us are heading over to the New Zealand resort to experience kiwi golfing.
Queenstown sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu
Queenstown has easy access to six golf courses, all within a 25-minute radius of the town centre.
These courses offer plenty of challenges and diversity, everything from family friendly 9-hole courses to breathtaking fairways with rugged mountain backdrops and immaculately groomed 18-hole championship courses.
The views from Queenstown’s greens can easily distract golfers from their game so it’s worth bringing your camera as well as your clubs!
Activities and Attractions
After spending a couple of days here you realise Queenstown is much more than just a great golf destination.
If you feel ready for a break from the fairways or for your other half enjoying the region while you’re golfing, Queenstown offers a huge choice of other activities.
A scenic gondola ride gives iconic views of Queenstown, take a cruise on the lake, or view your favourite course from a helicopter high above the region.
A little indulgence is essential to any holiday and Queenstown has several day spas with a variety of treatments that will revive and refresh.
All this activity works up a pretty hearty appetite but finding somewhere to eat and drink is easy, with more than 150 cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from in the alpine region.
Queenstown’s compact CBD is ideal for a bit of downtime.
Wandering around the shops reveal plenty of diversity with international clothing chains, local designer boutiques, outdoor adventure equipment, art galleries and souvenirs to keep those left behind at home happy.
Accommodation can play a key part in the success of any holiday but rest assured that whatever your budget or taste, Queenstown offers a huge range of choice from camping grounds, motels and self catering apartments to hotels, resorts and luxury lodges.
Blessed with a stunning mountain backdrop, this five-star resort is home to one of the finest alpine golf courses in the world.
The par-72 championship golf course, designed by the grandmaster of golf Sir Bob Charles, has been transformed into 27 interchangeable holes with nine stunning new holes designed by former international golf professional Greg Turner and Scott McPherson.
Situated on the end of Kelvin Heights Peninsula surrounded by the dramatic Remarkables mountain range and pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu, this sunny 18 hole par 72 course is picture perfect.
This 18-hole international course, designed by John Darby, has sweeping 360-degree vistas of the razorback Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu and winds its way through wetland, tussock grasslands, rocky outcrops, native bush and steep bluffs.
Frankton Driving Range and Golf Course
Frankton Golf Centre and Golf Academy offers a 9 hole short course and 10-bay covered driving range. It’s family-friendly and ideal for all abilities, from serious golfers wishing to practice to beginners wanting to learn the game.
Enjoy the luxury of New Zealand’s golf at its very finest. Located on the outskirts of Arrowtown over 101 spectacular hectares, The Hills’ world-class course caters to discerning golfers from all around the world and has been home to several New Zealand Golf Opens.
This is a unique first class course regarded by many as one of the finest country courses in New Zealand. Set in the stunning and tranquil surroundings of Arrowtown’s rolling hills, the challenging course winds through narrow schist rock features and immaculate undulating greens.
Arrowtown Golf Club