QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand -- The Remarkables Mountains surround the 27 holes at Millbrook Resort, an idyllic resort on the South Island celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013.
Sir Bob Charles, a native Kiwi legend who is the first left-handed player to win a major, designed the original 18 holes (with input from local architect John Darby) from a former wheat field in 1993. Architect Greg Turner added the challenging Coronet nine in 2010, while also altering four original holes so Millbrook's Arrow nine would finish back at the resort.
Charles, who owns a house on property, was consulted before any changes were made, a sign of respect for the only Kiwi golfer in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Millbrook's Remarkables nine features thick rough, subtle elevation changes and ponds on the par-5 fifth hole and the par-3 sixth that add resistance to scoring on what is mostly a resort-friendly routing.
The new Coronet nine counters with exposed rock and more shot-making. A handful of streams and ponds weave strategically into play on the final five holes. Water hazards dot the final four holes of the Arrow nine as well.