Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

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Regarded by many as one of the greatest links courses in the southern hemisphere, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a world renowned layout on the undulating dune land of the Kapiti Coast.

Paraparaumu along with Cape Kidnappers is one of only two New Zealand courses to have been ranked in the worlds Top 100 courses. The course has hosted the New Zealand Open 12 times. A record unsurpassed by any other course.

Internationals such as Gary Player, five-time winner Peter Thompson through to Corey Pavin, Michael Campbell and in 2002 the worlds number 1 golfer, Tiger Woods have competed here.

The course was designed in 1949 by the Australian Alex Russell, the highly acclaimed course architect and former Australian Open champion (in partnership with Dr Allister Mackenzie the world renowned course architect). While staying true to the magnificent original design, some of the tees have been lengthened for major championship events.

Four sets of tees allow each club golfer to set his or her own test of skill. From the blue championship tees, shots to the par three holes can be quite daunting for, while there is not an over-abundance of bunkers, straight hitting and correct clubbing is a premium to avoid playing from the deep and steep hollows which border many of the greens. Whilst the 185 metres 2nd hole may be longer, the 5th hole, 148 metres and all carry to an island green, leaves little room for error and must be closely related to the infamous Postage Stamp par 3 at Troon, well known to the architect Alex Russell.

 

Of the longer holes, the par 4, 408 metre 13th is a classic. From the tee the vista is of a roller-coaster fairway with the green set atop a huge sandhill. Woe betide the short or long shot into this green. The backdrop of the majestic mountains, snow-capped in winter, makes this not only a great hole, but truly spectacular.

Paraparaumu 13th Hole

The split fairway par 4, 404 metre 17th, leaves the golfer the conundrum whether to play the shorter route and hit the second 'cross green' and over bunkers - or to take the high road for the safer second shot.

 

Without a doubt, every hole at Paraparaumu has its own character and many are named, albeit unofficially, after famous golfers who were beaten by the hole. But the social golfer should not be intimidated, for sensible play and nice iron shots will produce their just reward on this tough but fair examination.

Golfers need to observe the dress code and forward booking is wise.

The club has well equipped clubrooms with locker rooms, bar and restaurant and pro shop.

www.paraparaumubeachgolfclub.co.nz

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