Earthworks have begun!
We are excited to share that work has officially begun on our new nine-hole golf course as part of a newly consented, $50 million development.
The course will be developed on the 67-hectare former Dalgleish Farm, which we purchased four years ago. Alongside the new holes, we are setting aside 42 house lots — 24 on the upper plateau and 18 lower down — ranging from about 750 to 3000 square metres for high-end residential homes.
The development will add nine new golf holes to our current world-class 27-hole offering, enabling the us to operate two full 18-hole courses. The new 36-hole format will be a ‘game changer’ for the resort, effectively adding 100% golf capacity with two fully operational 18-hole courses that can be operated simultaneously.
Highly-experienced turf specialist company TIC Golf Projects Ltd has been awarded the main golf course construction project, the same company that developed the resort’s Coronet Nine course, along with a golf course irrigation installation contract.
Groundworks include a raft of ecological and landscape enhancements, once the new golf course is constructed and ‘grown-in’ it should be playable by 2021. Initial site clearance is underway and, under a separate consent, work has almost been completed on shifting the Arrow Irrigation Pipe to a new location to make way for the development.
The new nine holes are being welcomed by the growing number of Millbrook Country Club members who will be able to play an ever-changing private members’ course on a daily basis, as well as another for tourists and locals.
It’s also good news for the long-term future of the New Zealand Open, currently hosted at Millbrook in conjunction with The Hills golf course. The Open has always planned to move to a three-course model, similar to international Dunhill Links and AT&T events, and having two courses available at Millbrook would enable this goal to be achieved.
New land opportunities
The land has provided a fantastic opportunity for the golf course team, as well as lending itself to development of two discretely and geographically-separated residential neighbourhoods.
The large upper plateau contains 24 sites boasting elevated panoramic views over fairways and pastoral lands to the wider basin. The lower slopes are home to a further 18 sites with north-facing outlooks over an enhanced Mill Stream and the last of the stunning new golf holes. Most of the sites are expected to sell for over $1million each. The first land titles should go live in late 2020.
Parts of Mill Stream will be widened to create larger waterways and enhanced wetlands. The new development will retain a rural, agrarian style with over 20 hectares of working farmland retained for grazing and retention of an historic woolshed. The original 1860’s farmhouse will also stay on the land, with some sympathetic additions.