Review of NZ’s #2 golf course Jack’s Point; ‘Simply breathtaking’

Jack’s Point is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful places to play golf in New Zealand.

“Simply breathtaking golf course. From the carpet-like fairways to the perfect role of the greens. You’ll be hard pressed to find a golf course with better views.” The reviews of New Zealand’s immaculately presented Jack’s Point – ranked the number 2 golf course in New Zealand by Australian Golf Digest –  by awe-struck golf lovers on TripAdvisor tell of a truly spell-binding golf course graced with a special magic and majesty that delivers an incredible playing experience.

With a backdrop of 2300 vertical metres of the Remarkables mountain range and an armchair view of an outstanding lake panoramas, Jack’s Point Golf course is one of the most visually spectacular in the world.

One of New Zealand’s best golf courses

Enjoy the looped out-and-back layout running the rugged shoreline of Lake Wakatipu and finished with with infinity greens, stone walls and sweeping fairways. The front nine takes you away from the range and towards the lake, with some stunning views back towards Queenstown. The Remarkables dominate the home stretch that weaves between stands of native grasses and many rocky outcrops.

Jack’s Point is an open and classic links course, which is both challenging and rewarding: elements of the course can present a test especially with the wind blowing off of the lake, but the course’s generally good-width fairways can provide some lenience off the tee. And of course, the scenery can ‘take the edge’ off any mis-judged shot.

As an 18 hole par 72 championship course it offers golfers an exciting challenge with five tee positions to choose from, providing all golfers an unforgettable golf experience. The course measures 6388 metres (6986 yards) from the championship tees and is built on the most spectacular of Jack’s Point terrain.

Jack’s Point’s spectacular position and setting

It sits at the foot of the Remarkables, hugged by the soaring mountain range, and jutting into Lake Wakatipu. Its spectacular position provides an amazing setting for golf, and its impeccible presentation and thoughtfully-considered course layout, which shows great respect for the landscape’s incredible natural features, provide for a magnificent game of golf.

Designed by John Darby, who also delivered Millbrook, Clearwater, and The Hills golf courses, Jack’s Point represents, in may a golfer’s opinion, the pinnacle of his work. Jack’s Point was created with minimal excavation, using the features of the land to integrate into the golfing experience. Jack’s Point was designed in harmony with the natural environment, the course weaves through native tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and swathes of native bush to the edge of Lake Wakatipu.

The history of Jack’s Point

Jack’s Point derives its name from a man named Jack Tewa. In the winter of 1862 he capsized with two other men in a boat crossing Lake Wakatipu. Avoiding hypothermia, Jack was able to swim ashore and tow the boat behind him- saving one of the men in the process and earning a medal from the Royal Humane Society of Britain. The medal remains at a nearby museum.

Signature Holes

8th: There are many holes which one may refer to as “signature” on this course, but this par-5 plays alongside Lake Wakatipu. With the length to clear the fairway bunkers on the left side, the approach is to a raised green.

For more information on Jack’s Point Golf Club, visit its website here

Come and play Jack’s Point Golf Club with us

See yourself amongst the incredible fairways of Jack’s Point Golf Club? We can take you there on a New Zealand Golf Tour. Come with us in January 2019 – book today, limited spaces available. Find out more or download the itinerary here or contact Kieran Moran on 0416 481 764 or to find out more.