Arrowtown Golf Club
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!