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G is for Golf

At The Cottages at Lake Hayes, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to golf, with 117 holes and 5 world class golf courses within 15 minutes of your doorstep.

We are incredibly lucky at The Cottages at Lake Hayes to be surrounded by so many world class golf courses. 

With 5 outstanding courses and 117 holes, and the home of The NZ Open, there is a reason why Queenstown is considered New Zealand's golf capital. You could spend a week at The Cottages at Lake Hayes playing golf, and not play the same course twice.

Our favourites courses are ...

Jack's Point

With a backdrop of 2,300 vertical metres of the Remarkables mountain range and an outstanding lake panorama, Jack's Point Golf course is one of the most visually spectacular in the world, and is rightly ranked the number one course in the South Island of New Zealand. Jack's Point is only 15 minutes from The Cottages and the course is open for all visitors to enjoy 7 days a week in season. The course offers golfers an exciting challenge with five tee positions to choose from, providing all golfers an unforgettable golf experience. Designed in harmony with the natural environment, the course weaves through native tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and swathes of native bush to the edge of Lake Wakatipu.

Jacks point golf course


The Hills

Sir Michael Hill's private golf course in Arrowtown was opened in 2007 to host The New Zealand Open. Set over 500 acres of land across a glacial valley, The Hills is home to an incredible array of flora including native brown top grasses and wild native mountain tussocks. Sculptures crafted by New Zealand artists compliment the natural beauty of the courses lakes, waterways and wetland areas. The 6596 meter par 72 championship course features numerous elevated tees offering players an excellent view of the challenge ahead and 360 degree views of spectacular snow capped mountain scenery. There are no parallel fairways and no two holes are alike. While primarily a private club, The Hills accepts a limited number of visitor bookings daily. Players visiting have access to the clubhouse, locker room facilities, and driving range for the day of their booking, as well as the recently constructed 9-hole par 3 course, The Farm. The clubhouse restaurant is open to players for both breakfast and lunch, and food and beverages can be delivered on course by request.

The hills golf course



The current home of The NZ Open, surrounded by the towering mountains of the Wakatipu basin, Millbrook Resort has 2 stunning 18 hole golf courses, Remarkables and Coronet, set amongst 650 acres of scenic rolling greens and water features. Designed by golf masters Sir Bob Charles and Greg Turner, a round here is simply an unforgettable experience.

Millbrook golf course



The picturesque Arrowtown Golf Club was recently ranked 7th in New Zealand, is just 10 minutes from The Cottages and is a must play when visiting Queenstown on a golf trip. Surrounded by mountains, the 18-hole course has superb views from every fairway, and each hole has its own attractions and quirks, from glacial boulders in the fairways to a historic stone cottage ruins nestle amongst towering trees, a legacy of Arrowtown's pioneers. The Arrowtown Golf Club is open all year round and welcomes green-fee players. Rated one of the top 10 courses in New Zealand and recently listed on Golf.com's "Short and Sweet" list of the top 25 best short courses worldwide, the Arrowtown Golf Course is a must play.

Arrowtown golf course
Arrowtown Golf Club
Queenstown Golf Course
Queenstown Golf Club



The Queenstown Golf Club has been described as one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world. Located on the Kelvin Heights peninsula, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Lake Wakatipu you will see why it is difficult to keep your head down! 


Over The Top Golf

And for those of you looking to do something few in the world have achieved, try getting a hole in one at 4,500 feet! Over The Top the helicopter company in association with the Golf Warehouse bring you New Zealand's most picturesque golf hole, a must do experience for all golfers. Nestled at 4500 feet in the Southern Alps of New Zealand this par 3 unique golf experience overlooking Queenstown has four tee boxes for the altitude golfer to attempt their hole in one. With Over The Top helicopter access only, players will fly in, drive, chip, and putt out on the top.

Man plating golf with a helicopter next to him


And whether you have been beaten up by The Hills or blown away by the course and views at Jack's Point, there is no better place to rest your weary body than at The Cottages at Lake Hayes with a soak in the hot tub and a good nights sleep on the luxurious Sealy mattresses.

Hot tub outdoors
Luna Hot Tub
Sealy bed
Luxurious Sealy Beds

Posted by The Cottages on March 03, 2023