September, 2019Construction of Millbrooks second Coronet nine is expected to be
completed in November, with the course ready to play in about two
Former Kiwi golf pro, Arrowtowner Greg Turner, of design team Turner
McPherson Golf Architects, and Millbrook finance boss Brian Spicer gave
Mountain Scene a close-up of progress on the former Dalgleish farmland.
Work started in July 2018, so its really been flying under the radar
when the progress is seen.
Spicer says: The final two holes will be seeded this month and
construction of the course completed by November.
Then, depending on the short growing seasons, it could be 18 months
to two years before it is ready for play.
We will not rush it as we did with some holes on the first Coronet nine.
For the NZ Open it is looking like 2022, although if it grows really well
2021 is a possibility.
The 18-hole Coronet Championship course will consist of the first five
holes of the existing nine. Golfers will then play on to the new nine, on
the spectacular elevated farmland. Theyll then finish the remaining
holes of the existing nine, with the sixth hole becoming the 15th and so
Many of the fairways and greens are already a lush green. A feature is
that each hole is quite different and has its own character.
The signature hole may well be a stunning Par 5 which meanders
through a canyon, providing a mouth-watering or teeth-grinding (if
Turner adds there will be a fully operational cafe sited next to the tee
of that hole.
There are 42 house lots in the development, 22 on the upper level and
20 along the bottom of the hill.
Turner says: The beauty of the routing of the course is that on the
elevated land only a few houses will be visible from one hole.
Spicer says: We were fortunate this land came up for sale as it was the
last piece we could put 18 holes on.
This project has been special for Turner, who has designed several
I dont think I have ever had a more spectacular site to be involved
with, and I dont think I ever will.
Source: Mountain Scene
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