South Island Marquee Golf Courses

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The South Island is a centre for soaring mountains, untouched nature, friendly locals and picture perfect vineyards. It's also home to incredible golf courses.

The South Island is an idyllic setting of soaring mountains, untouched nature, friendly locals and picture perfect vineyards. It is also home to incredible golf courses.

Golf has a long history in the South Island with Scottish immigrants pioneering the game over 100 years ago initially with parkland and farmland courses. Following in their footsteps, developers have created modern courses that make the most of the natural terrain.

Queenstown is quickly gaining a reputation both locally and abroad as a golf haven and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by mountain ranges, it boasts a number of deftly designed courses including Millbrook, The Hills and Jack’s Point. The Queenstown region is a must-see.

If you fly into Christchurch, allow some time to play the Clearwater Golf Club. With an impressive history of hosting NZ PGA Championships and the training ground for famous golfers such as Lydia Ko, it’s well worth a visit.

Visit our line-up of best South Island golf courses. Stay for a while and travel to natural wonders like the West Coast glaciers and Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Sample delicious food and wine and enjoy friendly southern hospitality. 

The four courses recommended below were selected for their location, scenery, architectural merit and ability to meet the expectations of a travelling golfer.

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