A recent in Australian Golf Digest has confirmed what locals have known for years – that Arrowtown is simply unrivalled when it comes to golf. All three Arrowtown courses – The Hills, Millbrook, and Arrowtown Golf Club – made it into the magazine’s top 15 courses in New Zealand.
came in at number 6 thanks to its elevated tees with panoramic views, accommodating greens, award-winning clubhouse and the sculptures that dot the course. Not far behind, at 8, was scenic with its 27 holes weaving a route around lakes and schist rock. And coming in at number 13 were the tight front nine and the rolling open back nine of , at its most dramatic in April when colourful autumn foliage drapes the hillsides.
Arrowtown must surely have the highest density of top-notch courses anywhere in New Zealand, if not the world. And with Jack’s Point and Queenstown Golf Club, also in the Top 40, less than 30 minutes’ drive away – as well as a fourth Arrowtown course proposed for Hogans Gully – this little town is truly a golfer’s paradise.
There are two theories as to why the town is named Arrowtown. One is that the river behind the town flows swiftly like an arrow.
Millbrook Resort is named after Mill Farm on which it sits. Mill farm was established by the Butel family who came from Normandy.
The trees in Arrowtown’s beautiful avenues are Sycamore, Ash, Oak, Elm, and Rowan. The first avenue was planted in 1867.
The discoverer of gold in the Arrow river was a shepherd named Jack Tewa or Maori Jack. He also won the Royal Humane medal for saving a man from drowning in Lake Wakatipu.
Arrowtown has one of the best preserved collection of goldfields heritage buildings in New Zealand.
Australia’s first saint, Sister Mary MacKillop visited Arrowtown in 1897 and set up a Catholic School. Part of this school can still be visited today.
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