The opportunity to play at Jacks Point during a recent visit to Queenstown was one that I couldn’t turn down. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and with a backdrop to the slopes of the spectacular mountain range, The Remarkables, the scenery is so visually stunning that golfers could be forgiven for losing focus on the game at hand.
The front nine opens with a par four and I soon found out that staying on the fairway and away from the tussock grass was going to save me a lot of shots. Measuring 6388 metres from the championship tees, the course requires accurate driving. Missing the fairway can easily mean losing a ball and besides, there is too much scenery to take in to spend time looking for a lost ball. The course is maintained beautifully and hitting from the fairways provided a perfect lie every time. Iron play needs to be accurate to hit the right part of the undulating greens which again, were in terrific condition and were consistent and true. From the beginning to the end of the round, I continually found myself amazed by the spectacular surroundings and great golf holes which have been carved into some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. There are so many different aspects to Jacks Point. With the mountain backdrop, there are holes that make you feel as if you could be playing somewhere in the Swiss Alps and other parts of the course with stone walls running along the fairways and bordering the tee boxes giving the impression you could be playing Scottish links golf.
With each hole having its own uniqueness and amazing vista, my round at Jacks Point is easily one of the most memorable rounds I have ever played. Whether hitting to the downhill par 3, 7th hole with its green perched on the edge of the crystal clear waters of Lake Wakatipu or teeing off from one of the elevated tee boxes facing toward The Remarkables and watching your ball flying like a tracer bullet against the slopes of the nearby mountain range, Jacks Point provides every golfer with an amazing golf experience and one that I certainly can’t wait to get back and try again.
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