The Hills Golf Club

164 McDonnell Rd,

Arrowtown, Otago 9351

  • Office

    +64 (0)3 409 8290
  • Pro shop

    +64 (0)3 409 8290
  • Fax

    +64 (0)3 409 8291

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Links-style. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb (more so on the back-nine).

  • Surroundings:

    Rolling rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    John Darby

SSS or slope






How to get there:

18 km NE of Queenstown / 2 km S of Arrowtown centre.

FROM Hwy 6, approx 12 km east of Queenstown, turn into Lake Hayes Rd and head north, direction Arrowtown. After 5 km turn right into McDonnell Rd. After 1.4 km The Hills entrance (unsigned) is through the wooden gates on your right. | FROM the centre of Arrowtown, follow signs for Queenstown via Coronet Peak. Just outside Arrowtown centre, turn left into McDonnell Rd. After 1.4 km The Hills entrance (unsigned) is through the wooden gates on your right.

The Hills Golf Club

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 2007

The Hills Golf Club: those happy to pay top dollar to play the world's best golf courses, will delight in one of New Zealand's very best inland courses. Skilfully designed and immaculately conditioned, The Hills bears all the hallmarks of a perfectly presented private club, while offering-up stunning South Island scenery.

From the small but wonderfully modern clubhouse, then out onto the beautifully crafted and challenging golf course, owner Michael Hill's attention to detail (and art) is clear to see. The course captures much of the feel of an open links-style layout, with holes like the partly-blind par-3 10th and wonderfully open par-4 11th fashioned from the top drawer of British golf links design. Surrounded by quiet rolling countryside, with the towering Remarkables and Coronet Peak mountain ranges beyond, spectacular scenery is just part of the memorable mix at The Hills.

As the course builds to its stunning finale, some jaw-dropping holes enter the scene. The short par-4 15th, with its dramatically elevated tee-boxes, was actually aced in the final round of the 2008 New Zealand Open. Hardly a lesser known gem, the Hills, at least from a golfing standpoint, is clearly one of New Zealand's national treasures.

Pick of the holes: after the testing par-3 16th, with a ditch awaiting anything hit right and a deep swale anything left, the signature 17th hole will also demand some of your best shot-making. Expansive bunkering and threatening water lie in wait from the tee, before the hole wriggles through a dramatic rock formation en route to its elevated green.

Stay&Play at The Hills: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Who can play and when?

Private club, with limited tee-time availability for visiting golfers. Contact the Club to enquire about playing possibilities and conditions.

Green fees

Contact Club for green fee details, which are comparable with other exclusive high-end New Zealand courses. Credit cards accepted.

Other information

Walking permitted. Golf carts (fitted with GPS) available for hire.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The Hills has hosted many top level national tournaments, not least the New Zealand Open on several occasions and the NZ PGA Championship (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >The Hills).

The Hills was inspired and developed by Sir Michael Hill, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who founded the Michael Hill global jewellry business. An incredible sculpture, The Wolves are Coming, resides on the golf course. This remarkable work of art features 110 larger-than-life wolf figurines, with a sword-wielding warrior at their centre.

Published ranking

New Zealand's 8th best course (Australian Golf Digest, 2023/24).


  • The Lodge at the Hills5-star

    164 McDonnell Rd, Arrowtown, South Island.

    +64 (0)3 442 0502

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    Lodge at the Hills is a luxury lodge offering an exclusive experience for up to 12 guests. Set in 500 acres of tranquil ambience, in a stunning glacial valley and surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      The Hills

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Millbrook; Arrowtown

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Queenstown; Jack's Point

  • Millbrook Resort5-star

    Malaghans Rd, Arrowtown, Otago.

    +64 (0)3 441 7000

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    The 5-star Millbrook Resort combines a majestic location with outstanding facilities - a place to relax and unwind, or be as active as you wish. Every need is catered for with Millbrook's championship golf course, award-winning restaurants (including the Sala Sala Japanese restaurant), magnificent spa facility and top quality accommodation.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      The Hills; Arrowtown

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Queenstown; Jack's Point

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