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A Hole in One at Jack’s Point

Jack’s Point championship golf course was a recent nominee in New Zealand’s Best Golf Course category at the 2023 World Golf Awards and is a past winner. QT Magazine caught up with general manager of golf John Griffin.

What importance does the Jack’s Point golf team place on international accolades?

Ongoing global endorsement is very important to Jack’s Point as it continues to build its brand and raise awareness of the high-quality golf experience offered. The growth of golf tourism worldwide means the reputation of Jack’s Point, Queenstown and New Zealand as an international golfing destination is expanding. Golf is booming globally and participation in the sport has certainly increased since Covid-19 with more people than ever adding golf to their travelling itineraries when visiting new countries. 

How has the championship course matured since opening 15 years ago?

The consolidation of our playing surfaces has allowed for higher levels of course presentation to be achieved alongside some subtle design improvements over the years. The expansive areas of native vegetation have blossomed since the 18-hole course opened in 2008 which elevates the levels of intimacy golfers enjoy when playing a round.

When is the ideal time of day to play Jack’s Point?

Jack’s Point is a truly spectacular course to experience throughout the day but my personal recommendation is from mid-morning through to a late afternoon tee off. This allows for the morning dews to have dried off and players get to experience the amazing light and shade from the mountains as the sun moves and sets over Lake Whakatipu. 

How do visitors book a round at Jack’s Point and what is available for hire?

People can book online or by calling the Jack’s Point golf store. We have

75-top of the line Club Car golf carts fitted with GPS systems and the latest PING golf equipment, including right and left-handed men’s and women’s sets, available. Our driving range is located beside the first tee and there are two well serviced putting greens for players to warm up on prior to play.     

What is new for the summer season at Jack’s Point?

The Jack’s Point restaurant, overlooking Lake Tewa, is now fully operational again following the challenges brought about by Covid-19. This brings a new level of food and hospitality experience for golfers to enjoy pre or post their round. The restaurant is open from 7.30am until 7.00pm daily serving breakfast, brunch and lunch with light nibbles available later in the day. Our on-course food and beverage service van – known as Ralph – is also open daily over summer, conveniently located at the 10th tee.

John Griffin / Jack’s Point GM Golf