The Wakatipu’s home to the world’s best golf resort

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A Queenstown golf resort has been named the world’s best by a top travel magazine. 

Australia’s Luxury Travel Magazine awarded five-star Millbrook Resort, near Arrowtown, the prestigious title in its 2011 Gold List Awards for international golf resorts. 

The awards are decided by a survey of tens of thousands of frequent travellers. Millbrook came fourth last year. 

This year it beat The Farm at New Zealand’s Cape Kidnappers, which was second, and third-placed Kauri Cliffs at Matauri Bay. 

Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen, China, was fourth and Sun City Resort in South Africa was fifth. 

Millbrook general manager David Onions says the wonderful accolade comes at an ideal time – when many Australians are booking their ski holidays. 

“We have a unique ‘green valley’ situation where you can ski in the morning and have a round of golf in the afternoon.”

In the past three years, the resort has made a significant $30 million investment in an innovative, covered driving range converted from a former woolshed, a new nine-hole golf course known as the Coronet Nine, upgrades to the existing 18-hole championship golf course, and housing development in the western extension of Millbrook. 

The newly-structured, award-winning 27-hole configuration at Millbrook has proved hugely popular with local, New Zealand and international golfers.