Millbrook among world’s best golf resorts


Coronet Nine 6th hole

Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook resort has again been named among the world’s best golf resorts by a prestigious Australian travel magazine.

The Luxury Travel and Style magazine has placed Millbrook 4th in its Gold List of best overseas golf resorts, behind the likes of Scotland’s legendary St Andrews course, Pebble Beach in California and New Zealand’s Kauri Cliffs.

Its survey goes to tens of thousands of discerning, travel-loving readers and clients of Virtuoso, the world’s most exclusive travel agents, to vote on their favourite destinations each year.

Millbrook General Manager David Onions says the team at Millbrook is absolutely delighted to be consistently recognised as one of the world’s top golf resorts.

“To be recognized as one of the world’s best places to play golf, amongst such illustrious company, is a fantastic accolade.  It’s ideal timing because a lot of Australians are booking their ski holidays now. 

“Millbrook is the perfect choice for a winter holiday because it’s close to the action of Queenstown and the ski fields, just a 20-minute drive to Coronet Peak, yet has a tranquility and ambience about it which allows people to unwind in five-star style with world-class golf, spa and restaurant facilities on their doorstep.”

Last year, for the fourth year in a row, Millbrook was ranked among the top 25 hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific by the prestigious Travel & Leisure annual World’s Best reader’s poll.  It was New Zealand’s only South Island property to make the list.

The Spa at Millbrook was also the only spa in Australasia to make it to the internationally-renowned Top 10 Hotel Spas Worldwide list.

Mr Onions pays tribute to the hard work and vision of the team driving the ongoing upgrade and modification of Millbrook’s golf courses which is due to be completed by Christmas 2010.

“It’s an exciting time for us.  We continually strive to be the best and I firmly believe the work we’re doing this year will take golf at Millbrook to a whole new level and provide greater flexibility and satisfaction for our golfers.”

Millbrook’s new Coronet Nine, designed by Turner McPherson and officially opened in January by Prime Minister John Key, follows a links layout that is new to Millbrook and an extension of its already world-class offering. 

Golf course designer Greg Turner of Turner McPherson Golf says the course layout is new to Millbrook, designed with careful consideration to the natural landscapes.

“The natural contours of the land for golf course construction are brilliant,” he says. “The exceptional surrounding landscape means that nothing within the course itself needed to be contrived.”

The Coronet Nine and the Remarkables Nine are currently in play and work is now underway to redesign and reconfigure four holes on the Arrow Nine, the third and final part of a $500 million Millbrook development master plan.

By Christmas 2010 Millbrook will become a fully interchangeable 27-hole golf course with The Remarkables Nine, Coronet Nine and Arrow Nine creating three different 18-hole combinations, where any two out of the three ‘nines’ can be played together.
Source = Millbrook Resort
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