The Hills Golf Course


5+ (5 gold): one of our top-rated 5-star courses, worhty of 5½ stars.
   The Hills Golf Course Est. 2007

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The Hills Golf Course: The overseas visitor, who is happy to pay top dollar to play the world's best golf courses, may find The Hills something of a bargain. For the equivalent of a little over £200, you can enjoy not only one of New Zealand's most scenic, skilfully designed and immaculately conditioned layouts, but also an environment that bears all the hallmarks of a perfectly presented private club. From the small but wonderfully modern clubhouse, then out onto the beautifully crafted and challenging golf course, owner Michael Hill's attention to detail 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. 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. Hardly a lesser known gem, the Hills, at least from a golfing standpoint, is clearly one of New Zealand's national treasures.

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Making Contact

The Hills Golf Course
Rapid 164, McDonnell Rd,
Arrowtown, Otago 9351
New Zealand
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Office   +64 (0)3 409 8290
Pro Shop   +64 (0)3 409 8290
Fax

  +64 (0)3 409 8291

Email   golf@thehills.co.nz
Website   www.thehills.co.nz
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Golf Pro
 
Craig Palmer (Director of Golf)
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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
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6661 6184 5289
Par 72 72 74
SSS or Slope
 
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How2Get 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.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes: NZ$500, includes use of golf cart. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
The Hills is a private golf course, with limited tee-time availability for visiting golfers. Contact the Club to enquire about playing possibilities and conditions. 
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Other Information
Walking permitted. Golf carts (fitted with GPS) available for hire.

Practice facilities
Excellent
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Did you know?

The Hills has been the home of the Michael Hill NZ Open since 2007 (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >The Hills).

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf Digest rating: 4th best course of the 400 courses in New Zealand.
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Location

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Latitude: (-44.956257)
Longitude: (168.830096)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

The Lodge at the Hills 5-star
164 McDonnell Rd, Arrowtown, South Island.
+64 (0)3 442 0502
www.thehills.co.nz

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.

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Golf within 10 km Millbrook; Arrowtown
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Golf within 30 km Queenstown; Jack's Point
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Millbrook Resort 5-star
Malaghans Rd, Arrowtown, Otago.
+64 (0)3 441 7000
www.millbrook.co.nz

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.

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Golf within 10 km The Hills; Arrowtown
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Golf within 30 km Queenstown; Jack's Point
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