On course and off

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The golf boss of Queens­town’s Jack’s Point resort has pitched up in an expanded role.

John Griffin has taken over the running of the Clubhouse restaurant and the resort’s membership drive.
“With most of the construction side of the golf course all completed, there’s a lot more time now to focus on the people side,” Griffin says.

Till now, golf course membership has only been open to Jack’s Point property owners but non-residents will soon be able to join – though fees haven’t yet been set.

Former restaurant consultant Fleur Caulton is back focusing on Lake Hayes’ Amisfield Wine Company, Griffin says. With The Hills course near Arrowtown hosting three New Zealand Opens, and then the Jack’s Point championship course opening a year ago, Griffin suggests that Queenstown is now NZ’s first golf destination.

The 54-year-old Griffin has been a golf teaching pro since 1975 and still does a bit of coaching – he shifted to Queenstown 16 years ago.