Under 1 hour’s drive from Christchurch international airport lies the world-famous Terrace Downs Golf Resort. Situated in the heard of New Zealand’s Canterbury High Country, the Resort is flanked by the spectacular Rakaia River, in the shadow of Mt Hutt. Terrace Downs is a destination fit for golfers and non-golfers alike with an 18-hole championship golf course, numerous outdoor activities and proximity to Christchurch and other great golf courses such as Clearwater. The Resort has been shaped into a landscape moulded by glacial rivers and ice fields to dramatic effect. Rugged, bold and beautiful, Terrace Downs Golf Resort is a must-visit destination.
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Voted the top golf resort in New Zealand in 2010 by World Travel Awards, Terrace Downs has an 18-hole championship golf course. The alpine views are spectacular, while the golf course itself is a fun challenge to all golfers from the novice to professional. Designed by David Cox and Puddicombe Golf Design, the Terrace Downs golf course is set on 550 acres, with the Ralaia river crisscrossing the golf course. It opened for 1999 and has a par of 72, with length measuring just over 7,006 yards (6,406m). Over eleven lakes and seventy bunkers come into play.
Golfers often feel as if the front nine has a parkland feel that can be attributed to the shelter provided by heavily wooded areas, while the back nine is more open and offers a more ‘Scottish’ demeanour. Elevation changes, high-grassed wastelands, doglegs involving lakes and trees, and challenging greens make for an excellent golf course in central Canterbury. Terrace Downs is a golf course that should be played more than once to get the best feel for the area and stunning land it resides on.
Terrace Downs features several self-contained villas for guests with raised spa-baths and spacious open plan living areas. Choose from one to three bedrooms for up to six guests. All villas have fantastic views over a lake and the eighteenth hole, with Mt Hutt in the distance. Suitable to couples, families and groups, the villas have complimentary Wi-Fi, a balcony or terrace, full laundry facilities, covered parking, fully equipped kitchens and free mini-bar.
Terrace Downs Resort offers luxurious chalets that are architecturally designed. Ideal for larger groups, the chalets have between four to seven bedrooms with spacious indoor and outdoor living areas to entertain guests. All chalets have three bathrooms, complimentary mini-bar and Wi-Fi, as well as a kitchen, living, dining, laundry and garage area. Chalets at Terrace Downs are fantastic for corporate golf groups, as well as long-stay golfers.
The Café at Terrace Downs
Offering golf course views and Mt Hutt vistas, the Café at Terrace Downs provides a warm atmosphere suited to high country hospitality. An indoor fire, outdoor dining area and large chandeliers give a sense of warmth with every sitting. Open for breakfast and lunch; the café serves a variety of dishes from barista-made coffee, steak and eggs, to burgers, seafood, pitas and desserts.
Hunter’s Restaurant features a large open fire, leather sofas and warm earthy tones which enhance comfort. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, Hunter’s Restaurant serves dinner from 6 PM, while the menu changes with the season. The menu consists of entrees, main menus, sides and desserts.
The Terrace Downs Resort is a fantastic destination for golfers and non-golfers. It represents the outdoors nature of New Zealand and its people. Facilities at the Resort include a tennis court, full gym with free weights and cardio machines, mountain bikes for hire and the great outdoors.
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The Resort is situated in the central Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island. The best destination to access it from is Christchurch, which lies approximately one hour east from the Resort along the 76, 73 and 77 highways.