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Upgrade: The new Remarkables first tee block at Arrowtown's Millbrook Resort

By NEVILLE IDOUR

Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort’s putting its foot down to finish an array of upgrades and
improvements by year-end.

Coming in with a price tag close to $6 million, work includes the removal of a practice putting green and first tee block, replaced by a new 980 square metre putting green and tee block, and changes to the Remarkables first fairway, designed by former golf pro Greg
Turner.

The putting green’s been expanded to cater for more players, with 36 holes available, while the new practice area will also be extended.

Construction manager Darin Paki Paki says all the turf’s been grown in Millbrook’s nursery so it can be brought in as required, rather than grown from seed, which speeds the process up.

To cater to that, they’ve had to replace the irrigation system, he says.

A stormwater catchment close to the new putting green’s going to be grassed, so when there’s a big rain event, it’ll hold the water and release it through the outlets.

Millbrook operations boss Brian Howie says that’s the central staging area for the two
courses.

‘‘With the new Coronet 18 hole course now being open, the distance from the village centre to it is much further than to the Remarkables course.

‘‘Therefore we have ordered 30 new carts which brings our total fleet to 90.’’

There’s also a new members’ check-in area, new-look men’s and women’s changing rooms
coming, along with a revamped pro shop, and new deck which is as much about improving safety as catering for future growth.

The full Coronet course is open for members only till the end of this year, opening to the public from January 1.

ed@scene.co.nz