February, 2018Arrowtowns high-end Millbrook Resort has won planning approval to add
nine golf holes and 42 home sites on neighbouring farmland.
Millbrooks $45 million expansion expected to start early next year is
hailed as a game-changer for Queenstown as well as the golf resort.
By adding nine holes to its existing 27, it becomes the only New Zealand
resort offering two 18-hole courses and provides an excuse for visiting
golfers to add an extra night to their stay, director of golf Brian Spicer
Whats also exciting Millbrook is the stunning, unique topography of the
farmland, including a proposed green thats likely to provide the highest
golf in NZ, at about 485 metres above sea level.
Its expansion arises after it bought 67-hectare Dalgleish Farm, west of
its Coronet Nine course, in 2014,
After Millbrooks Japanese owners gained Overseas Investment Office
approval, its been locked in planning discussions with Queenstowns
In October, the council approved an extension to the Millbrook Resort
Zone, subject to appeals.
The only appeals a minor one from Millbrook itself, which is expected
to be resolved quickly.
Like the Coronet Nine, which opened in 2010, the extra nine holes have
been designed by Arrowtown-based ex-golf pro Greg Turner and his
Scotland-based associate Scott Macpherson.
Much of the new nine will occupy perhaps the most spectacular
landscape at Millbrook, Turner says.
More than 20ha will be retained as working farm-land, while the historic
woolshed will be rebuilt and relocated to a paddock by Malaghans Road.
Parts of Mill Stream, which also runs through the Coronet Nine, will be
widened, and an 1860s farmhouse will be kept and added to.
Property and develop-ment manager Ben OMalley says the dev-
elopment will retain an agrarian style, thanks to the rustic open farm
areas scattered around the course.
The upper plateau will host 24 home sites and the lower slopes a further
Going by nearby Millbrook sales, OMalley expects sections to fetch at
least $1.5m each.
As one of the largest employers in the region, this new development
will ensure that Millbrook Resort continues to make a very significant
contribution to the local and national economy, he says.
Its expected the new holes will be open for play in four summers time.
Source: Mountain Scene
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