Arrowtown Golf Club

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General Comment /Aesthetics:

Some courses are easier to categorise than others and Arrowtown would certainly fall into the harder basket.  It’s quirky, honed from an unusual landscape of narrow almost furrowed valleys with schist rock outcrops and sharp but small undulations.  The landscape is peculiar to say the least. That said, it does hang together to provide an experience that feels both authentic and novel.

The humps, hollows, folds and rocky outcrops provide and unusual but rather charming environment for golf.  Tucked in the north-eastern corner of the Wakatipu basin, the surrounding vistas are still stunning if not as expansive as from its near neighbours. But the more intimate scale shouldn’t detract.  It’s less imposing than Jacks Point and less expansive than Millbrook or The Hills – but in some ways more charming because of it. 

Design/Architecture:

There are no bunkers on the course, it’s rather short (even off the back tees) and the greens are tiny and generally severe.  But it’s charmingly natural and offers an interesting if not complete challenge.  This is unashamedly country golf but with real character and a sense of authenticity.
While there is not the full range of golfing challenges, the sharply undulating nature of the terrain, small greens and generally very good turf quality make this course the ideal venue for the less powerful player.  You’ll find it hard to over-power Arrowtown!

Favourite Holes:

For us there are no holes in particular that stand out, but the sum of the whole seems greater than that of its individual parts.

Facilities:

This is a modest country town course however there are most amenities you’ll require.  A small but adequately stocked pro shop with a generally manned bar make for pleasant facilities.  Carts and trundlers are available.

Conclusion:

We have no hesitation in recommending Arrowtown.  What the course lacks in modern design it more than makes up for in both condition and charm.  Just plain fun!


Greg Turner

Greg Turner needs no introduction from his origins as an elite amateur in New Zealand, competing in the Eisenhower Trophy in 1982 and 1984, Greg became a professional and spent 18 years on the world’s golf stage, winning 12 events internationally (including 4 in Europe, 3 in Australia, 2 NZ Opens and a NZPGA). He represented NZ on numerous occasions at World and Dunhill Cups, Australasia in the inaugural Alfred Dunhill Challenge and was a member of the victorious International Team in the 1998 Presidents Cup.

Greg is a tireless supporter of the game of golf. With this hat on he has had many roles - from establishing a development tour in New Zealand (GTNZ, which went on to become the Charles Tour), he has published numerous articles in many publications, and is very committed to a strategy for promoting New Zealand as a superior Golf Destination for international travellers; a goal that requires both upgrading of many existing facilities to meet the required standard, and widespread international promotion.

Aside from his achievements on the golf course however, Greg has been instrumental to golf in New Zealand through setting up a golf course design and corporate design business and is now working on the New Zealand Tourism, golf strategy board for Tourism New Zealand.


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Greg Turner

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