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He came to Queenstown to open the resort’s first ice rink and now, 55 years later, after other stints in the food business and transport industry, Eion Buckley’s retiring — or just about. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstowner George Shaw only took up golf five months ago, but has already achieved what every player dreams of. The hallowed hole-in-one. The 74-year-old Kelvin Heights resident tells Mountain Scene he picked up the clubs last year, at the...
There’s nothing unusual about Millbrook members playing golf on Fridays. But just over a week ago a group of them became the first golfers to play the resort’s newest nine holes. PHILIP CHANDLER talked to two ‘architects’ of the...

$4m-plus resort project

By PHILIP CHANDLER Part of the village centre at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort is about to be redeveloped. In what’s understood to be a $4 million project, the forecourt entry and golf cart areas will be upgraded. Two new buildings to house carts...
By GUY WILLIAMS Sir Russell Coutts once told Mountain Scene his golf game’s ‘‘crap’’, but that isn’t stopping the yachting legend from hoping to extend his field of dreams on the Crown Terrace. He’s applied to Queenstown’s council for resource consent...

Oh so close to first Tour win

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's James Anstiss was within cooee of a coup in Australia last weekend. Anstiss roared home in the third round of the Victorian PGA Championship, at Moonah Links, to take a one-shot lead going into the final day,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It took three decades, but Queenstown golfer Steve Brent finally tasted the spoils of victory at The Hills last month. The 48-year-old, whose handicap is three-and-a-half, won his first senior championship in 31 years at Sir Michael Hill’s...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A newQueenstowner’s tapping into a new market for the resort — learner golfers. Golf addict Janie Reese, who was Destination Queenstown’s Aussie rep more than 15 years ago, has started ‘rookie retreats’ as part of her new on-course...

Queenstown trailblazer dies

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Gibbston winery stalwart who died last week, aged 74, played a key role in developing the world-class Queenstown Trail. Former American Terry Stevens and his wife-to-be Susan settled in Gibbston in 1999, buying a vineyard block on...

‘Mrs Kindy’ retires

By PHILIP CHANDLER 'End of an era’ can be used a bit loosely, but when applied to the impending retirement of Wakatipu Kindergarten’s Sally Hogg, it’s entirely apt. Immensely popular with pupils, parents and fellow teachers, she’s stepping down after 31...

Hills ProAm on course

By NEVILLE IDOUR For the first time the annual Hills Invitational ProAm, being played next month at Sir Michael Hill’s Arrowtown course, will be a PGA-sanctioned event. Scheduled for December 19 and 20, tournament director Craig Palmer — The Hills’ director...

NZ Open in the can

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The last time the New Zealand Open was cancelled was in wartime. Tournament director Michael Glading says, ironically, Covid-19 — which has now forced the cancellation of the 2021 Open, to have been played at Millbrook Resort and...
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