2022 Mount Michael Central Otago Autumn Golf Classic
Stayed tuned for another great 5-course classic in Central Otago!
Dates for next year confirmed Monday 4 April - Friday 8 April 2022
Alexandra - www.alexandragolf.co.nz
Despite a small membership base, this club is widely known for its consistently well-presented course. The club has a long and proud tradition of improvement and voluntary effort. Formed more than 110 years ago on a nearby site before moving 50 years ago to today’s course, it was created on sandy desert soils near the mighty Clutha River.
The narrow fairways make the 18-hole course unexpectedly tight and difficult, and an additional challenge is presented by native grasses growing in the rough. An ornamental pond and sculptures are a welcome sight for tired players on the final hole. Golfers with a sense of adventure might enjoy riverboat cruises, or explore the rail trail and local wineries after play.
Arrowtown - www.arrowtowngolf.co.nz
Arrowtown Golf Club’s course is set in rolling hills on the outskirts of a historic gold-mining town. Formed along the Arrow River below the Crown Range, players almost always have clear views of Coronet Peak and the Remarkables during autumn.
Soon after members completed a major environmental redevelopment, the New Zealand Golf Course Superintendents Association awarded the club its 2012 environment award. The project involved removing wilding trees and broom and re-establishing matagouri among schist outcrops.
The shortest course in the Autumn Classic stable, big-hitters must weigh up risks and rewards on many holes. The 18th, for example, calls for a blind shot over a hill to a fairway sloping towards a pond. Good luck with that.
Cromwell - www.cromwellgolf.co.nz
Like its Clutha River neighbour at Alexandra, Cromwell Golf Club is also more than 100 years old. It hit its stride in the late-1970s when construction workers for the Clyde Dam and hydro-electricity projects boosted membership.
The championship course was formed over terrain modified by years of gold mining activity and with its strategic plantings of marram grass, it resembles a coastal course though it is 200km from the sea.
With design input from professional Greg Turner, who has played the course since he was a child, the million-dollar development work done in 2010-12 made the course even more challenging and interesting. The innovative club routinely hosts the annual New Zealand Open Qualifier tournament. The Cromwell basin is in the heart of the fruit-growing country and is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing wine regions.
Queenstown - www.queenstowngolf.co.nz
The Kelvin Heights peninsula, home to the picturesque Queenstown Golf Club, often features in classic Queenstown postcard images taken from the gondola at Bob’s Peak. The course is surrounded by Lake Wakatipu and framed by the Remarkables mountain range, which makes it hard to keep your head down. Golfers are afforded amazing views of mountains and shimmering alpine waters at every tee and green.
‘Signature hole’ takes on a whole new meaning at this extraordinary course – the fourth, fifth, ninth, 10th, 14th and 17th could be signature holes on any course. If you had to choose, it probably would be the par-four fifth that curves left around the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu to an elevated green. Compare scenic photographs from any New Zealand golf course, and some of the best will be taken from here.
Driving line is key on this hole, as an over-aggressive line combined with a mistimed drive will see you end up in ‘the drink’. However, the hole sets up for a right-to-left shaped drive which will carve yardage off your approach shot. With a proud and loyal membership base, the club has a long history and welcomes visitors year-round.
Wanaka - www.wanakagolf.co.nz
The award-winning Wanaka Golf Club is one of the largest in the Otago-Southland region and is set to host the popular New Zealand Mixed Foursomes for the third time this year. Like most of the scenic courses involved in the Autumn Classic, Wanaka began as a nine-hole course created in a rugged landscape. Formed in 1922 at another location, the present course is nestled above the Wanaka township in the heart of the Queenstown Lakes region.
Players negotiating the front-nine have views over the township to Lake Wanaka and the Mount Aspiring National Park. The back-nine has more of a parkland feel with tree-lined fairways and views of Mt Iron, Mt Gold and the Cardrona Valley. A challenging layout following natural contours in addition to small greens makes the Wanaka course one to be remembered for more than its imposing scenery.
NEW PRICES FOR 2021
TOURNAMENT HOTEL - COPTHORNE HOTEL & RESORT QUEENSTOWN LAKEFRONT
Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St Queenstown
Telephone: +64 3 450 0260
- Tournament accommodation packages at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront
- Special rates available for 6 nights
- Checking in Sunday 3 April 2022 / Checking out Saturday 9 April 2022
- Superior rooms twin share with breakfast
- Superior lake view rooms twin share with breakfast
- Pre and post nights also available
- Or Copthorne Lakeview 2-bedroom apartment quad share
- Special Copthorne Hotel Tournament (run by the hotel)
- Location base for transfers by coach to the golf courses each day
- Special deal only available booking through PaR nz Golfing Holidays
- To secure your booking we require a deposit. The balance is to be paid by 3 March 2022
From our official accommodation partner - The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront, and Copthorne Lake View Apartments we are offering a daily bus service to/from the golf courses. Golf clubs can be left on the bus each night parked in a secure location.
Cost is NZTBC for 2022 pp for return transfers to all the 5 courses – Alexandra, Arrowtown, Cromwell, Queenstown & Wanaka. That’s 10 rides! The tournament transport package can be booked with your entry online.