The Hills Golf Course just 19kms East of Queenstown, New Zealand, is a remarkable destination that combines natural beauty, world-class design, and a truly unique golfing experience. Luxury Adventures was fortunate enough to be hosted for a round at one of the most sought after and exclusive golfing experiences New Zealand has to offer.
About the course
Owned by Kiwi businessman Sir Michael Hill and designed by legendary golfer Sir Bob Charles, The Hills opened its fairways to the public in 2007. It has gained a reputation as one of the most captivating and challenging golf courses in the country. The over 7000 yard par 72 championship course features numerous elevated tees, offering players an excellent overview of the hole layout as well as 360 degree views, you will not find anywhere else in the world. There are no parallel fairways and no two holes alike. One of the most striking aspects of The Hills Golf Course is the stunning natural native flora setting and its uniquely decorated/themed artworks that are splashed throughout the course. One of the highlights is the exclusive and unique feel that you will only have when playing a private course of this quality. Located in the Arrowtown basin, the course is framed by the towering Remarkables mountain range, which provides a breathtaking backdrop at every turn. The snow-capped peaks, combined with rolling hills, lush green fairways, and crystal-clear lakes, create a visually stunning panorama that makes playing at The Hills an unforgettable experience.
First impressions & facilities
When you first arrive at the unassuming front gate, you will need to be buzzed in. This is when your experience starts to gain its prestigious and truly exclusive feel. Upon arriving at the carpark, you have a concierge service available to load your clubs onto your chosen mode of transport. (In our case we decided to walk the course) When checking-in, you have many friendly and professional staff members catering to your needs. The Hills boasts world-class facilities that compliment the overall experience. The award winning, cleverly designed bunker style clubhouse offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where players and visitors can relax and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes whilst enjoying a meal or drink. There are also change rooms, lockers, a complimentary driving range, practice greens, and a well-stocked pro shop catering to the needs of golfers of all levels. We were provided with ice cold aluminium water bottles at the start of the round and also tended to whilst on the course for any further needs or orders by the friendly staff. (The homemade style muesli bars were absolutely divine!)
The layout of the course itself is a testament to the ingenuity of its designer. The natural contours and features of the land have created a challenging yet fair golfing experience. The undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and carefully sculpted greens test golfers of all skill levels. Each hole presents a unique set of challenges, demanding accuracy, precision, and strategic shot selection. From elevated tee boxes that offer panoramic views to holes that play alongside lakes or some huge golden sand bunkers, the course keeps you guessing. The presence of natural hazards, such as gorges and rocky outcrops, further adds to the strategic nature of the game, ensuring that no two holes at The Hills are ever the same. Do you enjoy putting? Prepare to be challenged by some beautifully prepared and shaped greens of all sizes. We found the speed and undulations of the greens to be tricky, but in the fun sense rather than the frustrating one. Kept to an immaculately high standard, you can tell the greens are designed and cared for by people who think about the game of golf!
More than a golf course
Beyond its beauty and design, The Hills Golf Course has also established itself as a venue for prestigious golfing events. It has played host to the New Zealand Open on several occasions, attracting some of the biggest names in the sport. The course’s reputation for excellence, coupled with its stunning setting, makes it a sought-after location for world class golf tournaments.
Sir Michael Hills’ private golf course offers more than just an exceptional golfing experience. The club is known for its commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation. Native vegetation has been carefully preserved and replanted throughout the course, ensuring that it remains in harmony with its natural surroundings. Efforts have also been made to enhance biodiversity, with the creation of wetland areas that provide a habitat for native wildlife.
In addition, for those seeking an immersive golfing experience, The Hills provides an opportunity to stay and play. Luxury accommodation is available on-site, at the Hills Lodge allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of the surroundings, a private collection of art and sculptures, combined with the exceptional local food and wine as well as a personal Par 3 golf course and tennis court. It creates a truly unforgettable golf vacation or high-end corporate retreat. For further details click here
In conclusion, The Hills Golf Course in Queenstown, New Zealand, is a jewel in the country’s golfing landscape. With its awe-inspiring setting, exceptional design, and commitment to sustainability, it offers a golfing experience that is both challenging and visually captivating. Whether you are a seasoned golfer looking to test your skills or a visitor seeking to soak in the natural beauty of the region, The Hills is an absolute must-visit destination. If you would like to find out more for bookings or if you would like a hosted, all-inclusive luxury golf trip please let us know. Prepare to be enchanted by the stunning experience on offer at The Hills Golf club, in Queenstown, New Zealand. This blog was written by Luxury Adventures director Steve McKean.