With five world-class courses within a 25-minute drive, Queenstown is undoubtedly New Zealand’s premium golfing destination. There’s something to appeal to all abilities, from novices to professionals or large groups of mixed handicaps, and every green is enhanced by an incredible backdrop of rivers, lakes and mountains.
Here are our picks of Queenstown’s best golf courses, as featured in our Luxury Rental Homes Insider’s Guide.
Don’t forget to contact us if you’re planning a Queenstown golf trip – we’ve got an exclusive selection of Queenstown luxury rental holiday homes that serve as ideal post-game retreats.
Millbrook Golf Course
Where to play: Located at Millbrook Resort on Malaghans Road in Arrowtown, this is a course where you could easily spend a day or two. Not only does it host the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open, the 27-hole course is one of the most picturesque in the world. There’s also four superb on-site restaurants and a fantastic day spa for the ladies.
Where to stay: Taramea
Located on Speargrass Flat Road, the exquisite Taramea property is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Millbrook Golf Course. A sunny and tranquil haven, this three-bedroom home is beautifully styled with plenty of space for entertaining, both indoors and out.
Jack’s Point Golf Course
Where to play: Jack’s Point Golf Course on McAdam Drive has been designed around the natural landscape, with minimal excavation to keep the course interesting. Be prepared for a challenge – the 18-hole, par 72 championship course will test the skills of any golfer! Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the exceptional Jack’s Point Restaurant, which showcases the best of Queenstown’s local produce.
Where to stay: Pikorua
Pikorua, an extraordinary property in Dalefield, is the ideal base for a Queenstown golf trip and perfect for large groups. This contemporary, elevated home features stunning views and sleeps up to 12 people, with several luxurious open-plan living spaces to mix and mingle.
Queenstown Golf Club
Where to play: Queenstown Golf Club on Peninsula Road in Kelvin Heights is a favourite with the locals for its relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere and amazing views. The 10-hole, par 72 course is bordered by Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables and the club’s balcony is the perfect place to enjoy a late afternoon tipple.
Where to stay: St Lukes Villa A & St Lukes Villa B
For larger golf groups, you can’t go past the St Lukes Villas. With five bedrooms each, these expansive luxury residences are near Queenstown Golf Club and offer a variety of bedding configurations to suit any team. As well as exceptional views, there’s also a decadent spa pool to unwind in post-round.
Arrowtown Golf Course
Where to play: Arrowtown Golf Course on Centennial Avenue in Arrowtown is a diverse 18-hole course with numerous points of interest, from its historic stone cottage ruins to its rolling hills and 360-degree views. The narrow fairways will test your accuracy!
Where to stay: Derby Street
The architecturally-celebrated, four-bedroom Derby Street is just a short stroll away from Arrowtown Golf Course – it surpasses expectations for those seeking luxurious yet unconventional accommodation in complete privacy.
Where to play: Set over 500 acres of land across a glacial valley, The Hills Golf Course on McDonnell Road, Arrowtown is a world-renowned championship course and also hosts the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open along with Millbrook. Owned by jeweller Sir Michael Hill, The Hills is primarily a private members club but there are occasional opportunities for non-members to experience the 18-hole course, which features beautiful waterways and exquisite sculptures.
Where to stay: Terrace Lodge
Occupying an elevated, sunny position above Lake Hayes, Terrace Lodge is a four-bedroom, expansive home in an incredible location. The large outdoor entertaining area boasts an open fire and spa pool – a beautiful spot to catch up with friends.