The Hills - Arrowtown
Queenstown doesn’t do ugly places to play golf! The Hills is not the most spectacular (probably reserved for Jacks Point) but it isn’t far off.
The course spreads itself across an old deer farm in the rather large wedge between Millbrook and Arrowtown. The terrain is rolling countryside augmented with some significant rock outcrops and a spectacular canyon.
The stunning natural surroundings are augmented by a number of significant sculptures – ranging from the petite to packs of wolves and statuesque horses – and the art alone is worth the stroll.
The course was designed by John Darby and his associates and plots its way nicely around the property making good use of natural features and providing some stunning views. The challenge is generally penal in nature with few holes offering much in the way of strategic options. The combination of fairway bunkering, tussock grasses and ponds make aggression from the tee generally counterproductive. That said precise iron play is a prerequisite with a number of elevated or semi-elevated greens.
Condition wise the course is almost always immaculate, with firm fast greens the norm alongside perfect fairways. Accuracy and a well-tuned short game will serve you well at The Hills.
The fourth is comfortably the best of the four par 3’s playing downhill to an angled green with water close-by on the right.
The clubhouse has understandably won a number of architectural awards and the service is second to none. There is no pro-shop as such although the necessities are all catered for along with an extensive array of first class hire equipment.
The surroundings, conditions, service and amenities are all absolutely first class. This is unashamedly exclusive golf and the course itself is solid and dependable. As a whole The Hills is a wonderful experience.
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