Millbrook among world's best golf resorts

Wednesday 21 April 2010, 12:05PM
By Millbrook Resort


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.


More about Millbrook Resort
Millbrook Resort is set in a natural, alpine amphitheatre against a backdrop of snowcapped
mountain ranges on the outskirts of Queenstown, a world-renowned tourism

Formerly a wheat farm, Millbrook has a 150-year history and still retains many
heritage features including the original Millhouse, rustic buildings and a majestic
avenue of trees.

The resort features five-star accommodation, world class dining, the Spa at Millbrook
(ranked among the Top Ten in the World), a health and fitness centre, a
championship 18 hole golf course, covered driving range, swimming pool, outdoor
spa pools, tennis courts and several kilometres of biking and walking trails.

Millbrook’s numerous neighbourhoods range from Butel Villas to two, three and four
bedroom cottages and luxurious Fairway Homes.

A few minutes drive away is Arrowtown, an old gold mining village with quaint treelined
streets, old miners’ cottages, restored Chinese Village and the fascinating
Lakes District Museum.

Queenstown’s attractions include a wide range of activities, wineries, easy access to
five ski areas, great nightlife and award-winning restaurants and bars.