This is a spectacular property, and EVERYONE comes away happy!!
- Jack's Point opened in 2008 and is a John Darby design ( with Brett Thompson )
The site is amazing, but not necessarily one that would be easily identified for golf.
The Remarkable mountain range towers over you, and the land goes through a number of significantly different terrains in taking you around the 18 holes.
You have to applaud the design team for working out how to find a workable routing, and tying all the different pieces of the puzzle together - they have done a wonderful job, and the first time golfer is kept on his toes wondering where he is going next.
Essentially the first 4 holes take you from the clubhouse out and then up quite a steep escarpment to the high country overlooking the lake. Holes 5 through 8 are picture postcard stuff with clifftop holes overlooking the Lake. No one will forget playing the short downhill par 3 7th with it's skyline green and lake background....
Holes 9 to 13 wind through some swampy lowlands, and are probably my favourite section of the course with some tight short 4's and a couple of par 3's that are quite distinct from each other
Then 14 to 16 take us back through the high country and down to the clubhouse, before 17 & 18 take us away and back to the clubhouse at the valley bottom.
I have yet to come across anyone who has not enjoyed their game at Jack's Point.
The course does not offer any great strategic challenges IMO - something I just love in a course- but most would agree that Jack's Point already offers enough challenges for anyone.
In particular you need to be able to select the correct club and flight it correctly to succeed on some of those difficult up hill holes
I always find a severely up hill approach hard to judge - and it is not something that a low ball flight suits...
Holes 2, 4 & 15 will sort you out if that is the case....
Queenstown is one of the top places to stay, and with direct flights available from Melbourne - soooo easy to get to...
Do yourself a favour and nip over to NZ and play Jack's Point - a couple of times...
You won't be disappointed!