Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Recognized as a New Zealand golfing treasure, this fabled statesmen is still considered by many to rank among the top in the country thanks to a true links layout and its beautiful location on the Kapiti Coast.

A gem of New Zealand golf since its inception in the 1950's, Paraparaumu Beach (Parapar'm to the locals) is located on the Kapti coast about 40 miles from Wellington and simply one of the finiest links courses in the world.

Americans may recognize it from Tiger Woods' appearance at the 2002 New Zealand Open. In that tourney Tiger struggled in the opening rounds and almost did not make the weekend cut, but he eventually finished in the top 10 at its close on Sunday. 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.

And although the course is links in style, 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. Make no mistake however the wind will remain a factor in club selection and how players attack the pin.

The course plays at 6577 yards but carries a 72.4 rating and a slope of 125. Designed by Alex Russell, who for many years a worked with Allister MacKenzie, this course is beautiul and rightly considered as a New Zealand gem.

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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