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

But to fully immerse yourself in Kiwi golf culutre and appreciate the game in this beautiful land you do need to include a stop at one of its many unpretentious old country courses. There are many.... though none as charming, or quite as quirky, as Arrowtown- and certainly none that are as much fun to play. - The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses Vol. 5

Located 20 mins outside of Queenstown and near a historic and charming mining town, Arrowtown GC was built without a single bunker nor sand. However, from its humble beginnings as a series of rock schisms on land unfit for farming, the course was built into something unique and is today regarded by many as one of the most fun in New Zealand. Who needs bunkers when boulders will punish errant shots?

Dramatic undulations, exposed stone, erratic bends, fariways that run through thin valleys and a playing surfaces that never quite presents the ball flatly are all characteristics of Arrowtown GC. This comes from 9 holes dating back to the early 1900s - when they were first 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 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 the neighboring historic mining town after the round.

Signature Holes:

1st: Par-3 A novel hole to begin the round includes a decision on whether to test your distance control off the tee or allow the ball to carrom off of a large bump/mound and chance that it feeds toward the hole.

2nd and 3rd: Both fairways play through thin valleys with walls high enough to block the sun in the morning. These are frightening, as there is stone that reminds one how unlucky they can be if a ball were to hit. to be honest, and one expects an enemy from Lord of the Rings to come from over the rise.

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: The last in a combination of a par-3 & par-4 which proceed this 500 yard par-5... placement off of the tee is needed because approach shots which are not will be met with large rocks that frame the 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

We had a spectacular time on our trip after leaving Port Douglas and all the arrangements that you made for us came off without a hitch. All flights and transportation that you arranged were on time and we were well taken care of at all the places we went to.

The Boatshed was incredible. We met Johnathan and had a small dinner with him on our second night. We were the only guests at the hotel and he and his staff just made us feel right at home. Jack and Jen, Johnathan’s staff, took us out to a couple of wineries and we had lunch together. When we got back Johnathan treated us to dinner prepared by his own self. Fantastic.

Next up was Napier/Hastings and the Craggy Range cottage. Excellent choice for us. We were close enough to Havelock North to be able to easily drive into the town and wander around. We went and played Cape Kidnapers as well. The course was wet so no carts were allowed out. Craggy Range winery was great to us and we had dinner at Terroire. Great staff and good eats to be sure. On to Queenstown.

What a wonderfully European feel Queenstown had. Small intimate streets and people all over the place. The Spire was perfect for us. Florence greeted us and was superlative in her suggestions and ideas for us to do. We did take a plane ride out to Milford Sound and the cruise. We went wine tasting and went to Amisfield for lunch where there was a spectacular sunset. It was so good that the staff came outside to take pictures. Simply wonderful. We took the gondola ride up the hill and enjoyed a glass of champagne while we took in the view. That was our last day and really enjoyable. We left the next day and flew back home.

Again, all the arrangements you made of us came off without a hitch. I even drove on the left side of the road without incident. It’s not so bad once you figure out the roundabouts. Thanks to you and your team for setting this up. Will highly recommend this service to our friends should they need to journey down under.

—​Bob E & Sharyn B, San Francisco

I thank you for our wonderful trip to NZ. You and Bill are special people, and we look forward to keeping you as extended family! You are certainly welcome back anytime, and we will look forward to seeing your wonderful family if/when we get out to LA-- maybe Clippers in the playoffs? Blessings to your family.

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—Carlan and Deb Y., Oklahoma City