There’s something magical about arriving in Queenstown. Even flying in is one of the most picturesque experiences – you can’t help but take photos out your plane window. The snow-capped mountains, the blue sky and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wakatipu are just mesmerising. It’s a scene that truly stirs excitement of what this dream golfing holiday will bring.
All 16 golfers on Golf & Tours Women’s Queenstown Golf Getaway, were welcomed with the most perfect sunshine and clear blue skies. We all converged at the group’s hotel, Crowne Plaza – which is in close proximity to everything Queenstown has to offer. Everyone took full advantage of this prime location, taking a moment to explore the streets before our evening welcome drinks and dinner. It is such a quaint town with breath taking scenery.
We were delighted to see both new and familiar faces – and all were very excited to meet and greet each other at the kick-off for the tour. Stories were told of other Golf & Tours adventures they’d been on and enjoyed, whilst others shared their excitement to tee off the next day. Each guest received their welcome gift bag, and were told Golf & Tours philosophy – to ensure every golfer is supported and has a wonderful time regardless of their golfing ability, and that Golf & Tours’ mission is to build a supportive golfing community internationally.
After getting to know each other, sharing a drink, stories and delicious food, everyone eagerly went to bed in anticipation for the next day of golf.
The next morning, we were excited to tee off on one of Queenstown’s most challenging yet most spectacular golf courses – Jacks Point. Nestled between The Remarkables and with Lake Wakatipu hugging one side, you can’t help but be distracted by these views – the golf score almost doesn’t matter. Guests were paired up and we were given a briefing by the Club’s Pro. A group photo was taken on the first tee and then we were off. The whole 18 holes had scenery you had to be there to believe, the photos didn’t do it justice. It was a challenging course, and fortunately everyone would have another opportunity during the week to play here again and try concentrating on their golf instead of the views.
Our second day of golf was at another equally spectacular golf course – Queenstown Golf Club. Again, our guests were treated to the most amazing views of Lake Wakatipu. And once again golf, although very enjoyable, took a back seat as photos were snapped furiously. A more relaxed golf course, and a little less challenging. Many guests raved about how fantastic Queenstown Golf Club was to play.
G&T golf tours aren’t just about the golf. We offer many non-golfing activities to compliment the beautiful golf courses that we play. On our day off the golf course in Queenstown for our golfers, some of us enjoyed wondering through the Queenstown Botanic Gardens, others decided a little pampering at the spa was in order.
One group enjoyed themselves on a cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once at the lakeside Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, they savoured delicious aromas as the chef prepared the best of local produce, all sizzling away on the grill. An entertaining farm demonstration was also included and they explored the beautiful lakeside gardens.
Another group went to Arrowtown and spent time wondering the boutique shops, with a few purchases acquired. Next was a wine tasting at @mtrosawines and then onto @kinross_nz for more wine and a delicious lunch. A stop was also made at @thewinerynz for a gin tasting too.
Overall, it was a relaxing day out exploring everything Queenstown has to offer. Everyone felt ready to take on the next two days of golf.
The next day had everyone back at Jacks Point for a game of Ambrose, which was highly entertaining for everyone. This time we had a chance to relax at the restaurant outdoors and reminisce about the day’s golf. Apparently, the ginger beer was a hit and the staff were so friendly.
Our final golf day couldn’t have been a more perfect conclusion thanks to Millbrook Resort – the host of New Zealand Open in March 2023. The atmosphere and surrounds are like a private retreat, you feel very welcome here. The Pro Shop was very well stocked, and many purchases were made before tee off. We played the newly built Coronet Golf Course making for a brilliant day out enjoying the sport, but also the scenery.
Across this golf tour, after days spent on the greens and fairways, we were fortunate enough to experience some of Queenstown’s best restaurants. From local pub food and cafes to a gourmet share menu at Botswana Butchery and a delicious Japanese experience for our farewell dinner.
If there’s one bucket list golfing trip you need to experience, it’s definitely, Queenstown. Because we love it so much, we’ll be heading back in 2024. We’ve opened bookings for 17th – 24th April 2024 – visit our website to register your interest.