Big loss: Former general manager at The Hills, Brendan Allen, finished at the course last month


Long-time bosses at two high-end Arrowtown golf courses both pulled pin last month.

The Hills general manager Brendan Allen has resigned along with Millbrook Resort’s finance director Brian Spicer.

Allen, who couldn’t be contacted, joined The Hills as course superintendent in 2012, then took over as general manager five years ago.

Director of golf Craig Palmer, who’s been appointed interim GM, says ‘‘[Allen] has no plans at this stage, he’s just ready for a change’’.

‘‘He’s done an amazing job, he’s left us in a really good place, and he’ll be missed.’’

Palmer, a golf pro who started at The Hills about 12 years ago, says ‘‘I’ve yet to decide whether I want to apply for the big job’’.

Meantime, Spicer joined Millbrook 16 years ago.

North Island-bound: Millbrook Resort’s former finance director Brian Spicer’s also upped sticks

He’s left to be general manager of two golf courses being developed by American billionaire Ric Kayne beside his world-class Tara Iti course, north of Auckland — along with a hotel and food and beverage outlets.

Spicer says his Millbrook experience was ‘‘really good — great company, good bunch of people, good culture’’.

There’d also been a lot of expansion during his time.

‘‘It was very hard to leave.’’