Where to Golf in Queenstown
Queenstown is the alpine town that has everything. Among that “everything” just happens to be several fantastic golf courses! As New Zealand’s highest participation sport, playing golf in Queenstown is a great way to immerse yourself in the Kiwi lifestyle. Queenstown is home to some of the most prestigious and scenically stunning golf courses not only in New Zealand but the Southern Hemisphere. We’ll list our favourites in this list of top golf courses in Queenstown.
Not only is Queenstown famous for its world-class golf courses, but it also has the most unique golf courses in New Zealand. One is the only 27-hole course; another is only accessible by helicopter. If Queenstown is just a stop on your golfing tour around New Zealand, be sure to check out the 21 Best Golf Courses in New Zealand.
1. Jack’s Point
It’s impossible to find scenery that doesn’t take your breath away in Queenstown. However, for that iconic Remarkables mountain range backdrop and views of Lake Wakatipu, Jack’s Point is the place to go. 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown, Jack’s Point takes you on a golfing experience alongside tussock grasslands, rocky outcrops, native bush and rolling greens.
Location: McAdam Drive, Jack’s Point, approximately 16km (10 miles) from Queenstown town centre.
2. Queenstown Golf Club
Set on the magnificent Kelvin Heights Peninsula, Queenstown Golf Club rises high above Queenstown town and Lake Wakatipu. The course is just 15 minutes drive from the centre of town (or faster by water taxi), making it the closest 18 hole course to Queenstown.
Location: 759 Peninsula Road, approximately 14.5km (9 miles) from Queenstown town centre.
Spend all day lapping up the big mountain views on New Zealand’s only 27-hole golf course (that’s three different 9-hole courses in one place). Millbrook has won numerous prestigious awards as a top golf course in Australasia. All levels of golfers can enjoy this course which looks stunning year-round. While you’re in the area, check out the 10 Best Things to Do in Arrowtown.
Location: 1124 Malaghans Road, Arrowtown, approximately 18.5km (11.5 miles) from Queenstown town centre.
4. Over The Top Golf
Ever tried extreme golfing? In the “Adventure Capital of New Zealand,” it’s no surprise that Queenstown has an adventurous version of golf. Tee off from 1,220m (4,000ft) above Queenstown on a par 3 golf course only accessed by helicopter. Over The Top Helicopters will even pick you up from a local golf course, so you can consider this the 19th hole. Book your “Over the Top” golfing experience on Viator or Tripadvisor. Plus, check out more adventure activities in the 21 Epic Adventure Activities in Queenstown.
Location: Tours depart from Blue Hangar, 10 Tex Smith Lane, approximately 8km (5 miles) from Queenstown city centre.
5. The Hills
Often rated as one of the most scenic golf courses in New Zealand, The Hills is a rewarding and breathtaking golfing experience. While its championship course designed by Darby Partners should be the thing the course is renowned for, in fact, it’s the sculpture park throughout the course that gives it the “wow” factor. As The Hills is primarily a member’s club, forward booking is advised for visitors.
Location: 164 McDonnell Road, Arrowtown, approximately 20km (12 miles) from Queenstown town centre.
More About Queenstown
That’s it for our guide to the best golf courses in Queenstown but certainly not the end of our Queenstown advice. If your whole trip is surrounding the sport, be sure to check out Sports Break Advice: How to Prepare to Travel for Sport. Otherwise, check out more tips in the following guides:
- The Luxury Guide to Queenstown
- 10 Luxury Experiences in Queenstown
- 45 Best Things to Do in Queenstown
- The Ultimate Guide to the Queenstown Ski Season
- The Complete Travel Guide to Queenstown
Finally, be inspired by more golf courses around the country in our 21 Best Golf Courses in New Zealand.