Arrowtown Golf Club

A course that should not be ignored by golfers searching for a true Kiwi experience, this course is challenging and unique in its use of terrain and native plants. A gem of the country

Located 20 mins outside of Queenstown in a historic and charming mining town, Arrowtown GC was built without a single bunker. This course dates back to the early 1900s and was formed by hand cart and wheelbarrows. It was later expanded in the 1970s and today stands as a small masterpiece for its use of existing landscape for design. Precision is required and a 3-wood is recommended over a Driver in most cases.

Although a new clubhouse was built in the 2000s, Arrowtown GC still uses an honesty box should players wish to get a round in when not actually open. Slip your greens fees into the box and away you go. Playing this course on a beautiful autumn day allows one to appreciate the beauty of New Zealand, especially when topped off with a meal or drink in Arrowtown after the round.

From its humble beginnings, the Arrowtown Golf Club has built a unique first class course, regarded by many as on of the finest courses in New Zealand. Who needs bunkers when boulders will punish errant shots?

Signature Holes:

9th: From its raised tee this hole a great way to end the front nine and take in views of both the Crown Range and Coronet Peak.

13th: This 500 yard straight shot is not exactly the longest par-5 in the world, yet approach shots which are not straight are met with large rocks that frame this hole. Two cherry trees protect both sides of the green. In late September/early October these trees are a living postcard with pink flowers.

18th: After playing 17 holes and biting fingernails because of all of the boulders on this course this last hole is be trouble because of the pond on the left. A raised green slopes toward the pond so a drive toward the left (but not too far to where you are in the water) is best. Right-handed players then can fade the ball onto the green. Good luck.

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Customer reviews

Highlights Of The Trip: Getting off the plane in Queenstown – overwhelmed with the beauty. The boat ride in Queenstown to experience the expansiveness.

The drive from Queenstown to Franz Joseph - the mountains and glacier lakes that went on forever. Our lunch spot that day at a campsite on a lake. Abel Tasman: this is where I want to return and spend a week to hike the entire trail. Spent the day biking in Napier to wineries.

—Mary Jean Seyda, Chapel Hill, NC

What a fabulous itinerary you made for us. It was perfect!

Wonderful country, delightful people, delicious food, and amazing scenery like no other. I guess our only major complaint is that we didn't have longer to see more of the country! You really planned it well for us. It felt balanced in the way of activities, driving days, photo opportunities, even some R&R in the afternoons.

—Vickie B, Los Angeles