Located near Queenstown in New Zealand’s south island, Millbrook Resort is one of those really wonderful places in the world to spend some time.

Yes, it has 36 holes of some pretty decent golf- but only around 30% of the guests that stay at Millbrook come to play golf…


The setting is majestic!

 Millbrook Resort- 9th green & MillhouseMillbrook Resort- 9th green & Millhouse


Surrounded by snow capped mountain ranges the resort has an old world feel.

Many of the main resort facilities having been adapted from old farm buildings- the site was formerly a wheat farm…

The land on which Millbrook now calls home was first discovered by Maori and later by Europeans who were lured to the region by tales of a gold rush.

In the 1860s, it was the French brothers John and Peter Butel from Normandy who established a 450 acre wheat farm to feed hungry miners.

The rustic remains of the farm live on in Millbrook's restored buildings and The Avenue of trees that still welcomes visitors just as it did 150 years ago.

That restoration was quite beautifully done-it is all very rustic, and so very comfortable!

Millbrook Resort opened its doors to the public as a luxury golf and lifestyle resort on 6th March 1993. 

With the vision of providing a luxury Country Club environment for everyone, Millbrook has since become one of the leaders in the luxury resort industry in New Zealand and the world.

Over the last 20 years, Millbrook has received a significant number of awards and accolades, positioning it as one of the leading accommodation, golf, spa, dining, property and resort venues in the world.

The resort boasts a quality spa, fitness centre, tennis courts, walking tracks and so many activities....

But for me the key issues are the quality of the rooms, service levels, and quality of the dining.

In these areas Millbrook rates with the best in the world.


Visitors can be accommodated in the Village Inn area, the cottages , and the villas.

Each type of room has it's own character, and much to commend it..


The breakfast spread in the clubhouse each morning is magnificent!

And you have multiple dining options for the rest of your day including the Hole in One Cafe, The Mill Restaurant, and Kobe Restaurant.

It would be a great place for a romantic few days with your special person…


Millbrook ResortMillbrook Resort




The resort now boasts 36 holes of championship golf, with the recent addition of another 9 holes intergrated with the Coronet nine.

The original course was designed by Kiwi golfing legend Bob Charles in conjunction with John Darby, and opened for play in 1992.

In 2010 Turner & McPherson introduced another 9 holes, and renovated the existing Bob Charles course.

The new Coronet nine was designed by Greg Turner and Scott McPherson. 

So there are now four nines and two distinct 18 hole courses:



 Millbrook Resort- hole 3 Millbrook Resort- hole 3 



The Remarkables nine holes were all part of the original course designed by Bob Charles, and still retain the look and feel of the original course, although Turner & McPherson added some bunkering and tweaked the course a little.

It is beautifully maintained and visually striking as the course is set in a natural amphitheatre with those lovely alpine backdrops…

Charles chose to site the course so that most of the fairways are on flattish ground in the valley (the old wheat fields).

A majority of tees AND greens are on elevated ledges


Charles was an exceptionally good golfer, and was known for hitting the ball long and straight.

His golf holes tend to reflect his style in that the holes require long straight hitting.


Quite often you will drive from an elevated tee to a relatively straight treelined fairway below you, and then approach a green sitting in the hillside ahead of you.


Turner and McPherson have attempted to add some interest and strategy to the course by introducing more central fairway bunkering.

But overall the course retains that old world character.

It is perfect for professional golf, as the professionals love flat lies, and greens without too much complication.

For the amateur it is a nice place to play, but can be quite difficult, and does not offer much in the way of strategic decisions….


Millbrook Resort- hole 8Millbrook Resort- hole 8


The Arrow nine holes was also based predominantly on the Bob Charles course with revision by Turner McPherson.

The first 5 holes of the Arrow are quite different from The Remarkable nine in that the land is almost entirely flat- so no elevated tees or greens.

These 5 holes are relatively straight treelined holes, and in my opinion a step below the quality of the rest of the resort course

There is simply is not enough interesting territory to negotiate.

Nevertheless each hole is nice to play, and well maintained….its just not memorable!


The last 4 holes of this nine are a different story- Turner and McPherson have been given a free hand here and created entirely new holes.

These holes are a matching set with the original Coronet nine.

The design is much more modern and strategic, and the bunkering and green complexes demand your attention.

Decisions have to be made about whether to lay up (6th), go for the green (7th), which club to approach the green with (8th )…..


Turner may not have got it all right but in my mind it is much more interesting to play.

I particularly liked the very short par 4 eighth hole where one can hit a putt or wedge with the short approach to the green.

It is a very short hole, and can be quite difficult to par

The key is the severe green..


It is a hole I could play over and over to sort out the angle and method of approach.

And of course that would change with a change of pin position…



Millbrook Resort- hole 18Millbrook Resort- hole 18 


The next nine holes- The Coronet- was entirely a Turner McPherson design.

The design strategies are very good, but sometimes miss the mark.

In my opinion the green complexes need a little softening in parts (holes 2, 3, 5, and maybe 8).


The third hole is a strong long par 4 in a spectacular setting.

Most will be approaching the green with everything they have, to a green heavily protected by slope and bunkering.

It is my opinion that such a hole does NOT require a severe green as well!


The short par four, fourth hole is intended to give players options, but instead most hit the same shot every time.

The detail in the build does not quite match the intended strategy.


Nevertheless the Coronet nine has a lot to recommend it.

The holes do ask you to make decisions, and the routing of the nine heads through interesting territory

I like it and it was my preferred nine at Millbrook..


More recently Millbrook engaged Turner & McPherson to design/ build a new nine in rather dramatic grounds adjacent to the Coronet nine.

The new 18 gives Millbrook two championship courses and the flexibility of four sets of nine holes



Mill Farm,  Coronet Course, Millbrook ResortMill Farm, Coronet Course, Millbrook Resort

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