The weather in March in Queenstown was perfect!
Twenty three intrepid golfers made up the Pullis McNutly touring group this year, including 11"virgins" (this trip being their first with the group).
The direct flight into Queenstown was incredibly easy, and our accommodation at the Novotel was smack in the middle of town - and an easy walk to anywhere.
We had a happy friendly group, found some pretty nice restaurants, enjoyed some extra curricular activities (Jet Boats, and Arrowtown) and loved our golf.
Everyone was excited about the quirky Arrowtown course, and enjoyed Millbrook - But the 2 games at the spectacular Jack's Point were the highlight for mostâ¦.
It was a matter of third time lucky for brother Rob who after challenging in previous years finally brought home the bacon. Scores of 39 and 37 points at the difficult Jack's Point sealed the deal. Rob is now the proud owner of the prestigious Pullis McNutly trophy.
Runner Up was Chris Yencken in only his first event - with 9 holes to go he was going neck and neck with Rob but it didn't go his way on the back nine
The leading lady was Helen O'Kane from Chris Wilson - also a great effort in her first event
The day competitions were won by:
Arrowtown - myself with 41 pts
Millbrook - Roger O'Donnell with 34 pts
Jack's Point - both days! - Rob Wood - with 39 & 37 pts
The 2014 Pullis McNutly Vote
We discussed 3 options for 2014 - Hamilton Island had a few takers, Hainan Island good support, but Northern Scotland got the nod with a strong vote.
The Scotland trip involves some of the very exciting, but less travelled courses such as Royal Aberdeen (best nine holes on a links course?), Trump International (best course in the world according to Donald himself), Cruden Bay - one of the most fun courses anywhere, Castle Stuart (the spectacular site of the Scottish Open), Royal Dornoch (reputed to be the best of the links courses in Scotland by many), and then Machrihanish with it's world famous opening hole.
Look them up - you will see why I am excited!
And with Eileen as our tour guide in the Aberdeen area, we can expect to see a lot more than just golf, including the Loch country, the far north, the Mull of Kintyre.
WE would also hope to catch up with our english friends - Nigel and Sue Milroy who have joined us on the last 2 trips. Perhaps Nigel can teach us something about fly fishing in the lochs?
There can be an option to catch a ferry to Ireland where the couples have the option of playing in a mixed tournament at Royal Portrush with couples from all over the world - OR spend a few days playing Royal County Down, Portmarnock etc.
This is all scheduled for July 2014 - see Signature Tours - Northern Scotland.