Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Recognized as a New Zealand golfing treasure this fabled statesmen is a top course thanks to its challenging and thoughtful true links layout

Perhaps the spiritual home of New Zealand golf since its inception in the 1950's Paraparaumu Beach ("Parapar'm" or "Pram" to the locals) is located on the Kapti coast about 40 miles from Wellington and is one of the finest links courses in the world.

The course has been rated one of the top 100 courses in the world by Golf Magazine U.S.A. and has all of the qualities of the legendary Scottish courses. Links in style and complete with rolling greens, pot bunkers, and features like greens cut directly into dunes, it's actual location is set back from the beach a few hundred feet. Wind is a factor in club selection and will ensure players will think prior to attacking the pin.

The course plays at 6577 yards and carries a 72.4 rating and a slope of 125. Designed by Alex Russell (Royal Melbourne) who for many years worked as a partner to Allister Mackenzie- this course is beautiful, challenging and thought provoking.

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Signature Holes:

17th: This par-4 features a split fairway that demands accuracy not only off the tee but on the approach as well, thanks to dual bunkers which guard the green.

18th: At 547 yards this hole is not a long par-5, however with water on the right side and a myriad of bunkers, it is not easy. It's pretty fun to look at the green complex from the plaque which designates where Grant Waite scored a double-eagle in 1992 via a 2-iron.

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“I loved it instantly. We had nothing like it in Australia, which must have struck Alex Russell, who did the layout. Course designing approaches an art form, especially done in a perfect modelling medium like volcanic sand. Russell must have been ecstatic.

What was left after his departure was a gem of enjoyment, a monument to the game and a gift to the future. When we all turn to dust, “Paraparaumu” the golf, should be still lying there as it was when the first golfers came by, with Kapiti an off-shore island standing guard to see that no one steals it away. And the winds will ever blow to test the golfer’s will and integrity. Paraparaumu will be famed for a century yet.
- Peter Thomson (5 Time British Open Champion)

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