Millbrook’s stunning new nine

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Construction of Millbrook’s second Coronet nine is expected to be completed in November, with the course ready to play in about two years.

Former Kiwi golf pro, Arrowtowner Greg Turner, of design team Turner McPherson Golf Architects, and Millbrook finance boss Brian Spicer gave Mountain Scene a close-up of progress on the former Dalgleish farmland.

Work started in July 2018, so it’s really been flying under the radar when the progress is seen.

Spicer says: “The final two holes will be seeded this month and construction of the course completed by November.

“Then, depending on the short growing seasons, it could be 18 months to two years before it is ready for play.

“We will not rush it as we did with some holes on the first Coronet nine. For the NZ Open it is looking like 2022, although if it grows really well 2021 is a possibility.”

The 18-hole Coronet Championship course will consist of the first five holes of the existing nine. Golfers will then play on to the new nine, on the spectacular elevated farmland. They’ll then finish the remaining holes of the existing nine, with the sixth hole becoming the 15th and so on.

Many of the fairways and greens are already a lush green. A feature is that each hole is quite different and has its own character.

The signature hole may well be a stunning Par 5 which meanders through a canyon, providing a mouth-watering or teeth-grinding (if wayward) challenge.

Turner adds there will be a fully operational cafe sited next to the tee of that hole.

There are 42 house lots in the development, 22 on the upper level and 20 along the bottom of the hill.

Turner says: “The beauty of the routing of the course is that on the elevated land only a few houses will be visible from one hole.”

Spicer says: “We were fortunate this land came up for sale as it was the last piece we could put 18 holes on.”

This project has been special for Turner, who has designed several courses.

“I don’t think I have ever had a more spectacular site to be involved with, and I don’t think I ever will.”

ed@scene.co.nz