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Despite serious challenges from new international resort courses elsewhere,
this spectacular true links just north of Wellington may still deserve its
long-held title of New Zealand's best golf course.

PARAPARAUMU BEACH

PARAPARAUMU BEACH GOLF CLUB
376 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu Beach,
Kapiti Coast
North Island, New Zealand

Tel:
+64 4 902 8200
Email:
bookings@paraparaumubeachgolfclub.co.nz
WEB SITE:
PARAPARAUMU BEACH GOLF

Photos courtesy Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

 

          Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is New Zealand’s third highest rated golf course — currently rated 68th best course outside of the USA by GolfDigest.com, behind two recently constructed resort courses: Cape Kidnapper's (#6) near Hastings, Hawkes Bay, and Kauri Cliffs (#19) near Kerikeri, Northland. That two new courses have rocketed past the venerable Paraparaumu links in the world rankings pains the club's proud membership in the Wellington region. But, because of a home-boy caddie named Steve Williams, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club remains for now New Zealand’s best known course throughout the world. Steve Williams was Tiger Woods’s longtime caddie (until Tiger's

Steve and Tiger.
Paraparaumu's Steve Williams and
his former employer, Tiger Woods

well-documented mid-career crisis), when Tiger
fired Steve, who found immediate employment with Aussie golf star Adam Scott. Steve came to Tiger and Adam from Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club via Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch, and Ray Floyd. At Steve’s urging Tiger played at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club in January, 2002, in the New Zealand Open. And Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club was solidly placed on the world’s map of great courses.

The 6th hole at Paraparaumu Links is a short par-4 at 326 yards. There is no water and little sand. There are no trees. But, be advised, the rugged moguls of the fairway and the bordering thick rough make this hole a classic test of links golf. Photo courtesy Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.
The 6th hole at Paraparaumu Links is a short par-4 at 326 yards. There is no water and little sand.
There are no trees. But, be advised, the rugged moguls of the fairway and the
bordering thick rough make this hole a classic test of links golf.

          Paraparaumu Beach course is a true ocean-side links built on the site of an earlier nine-hole course which was established in 1929 with a second nine added in 1937. The modern course was designed in the 1940s. Former Australian Open Champion, Alex Russell, a student of the great Alister MacKenzie (other credits: Cypress Point, Augusta National, Lahinch, St. Andrews Eden, Titirangi), completed the course design by 1949. A traditional links (but built on volcanic sand), the course features well-drained, undulating fairways, fierce rough, fast greens and intimidating bunkers combine with the naturally windy coastal weather to create a truly challenging golfing experience.


The 13th hole at Paraparaumu Links is a long par-4 at 446 yards. May your drive be long and
lie flat in the bottom of a swale, that your second shot can reach the tabled green and hold.
To be short is to roll away from the pin into a depression. To be long is to roll further away
from the pin into deeper trouble. And if the wind is blowing, think kindly of bogey
.

          Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a private club. Visiting golfers are welcomed, but it is essential to book at least a week in advance of play. The weather is usually excellent, the course is spectacular, and the price is unbelievably low.
          Paraparaumu Beach Links has been the site of 12 New Zealand Golf Opens (the first in 1959; the most recent: 2002; winners include Peter Thomson, Bob Charles, Corey Pavin, and Michael Campbell), and numerous other major tournaments. The club has a well-equipped clubrooms with locker rooms, bar and restaurant. The bar is open daily from mid afternoon. The restaurant is open seven days for breakfast and lunch from 9AM-6PM. The clubhouse is open seven days from 8AM to 6PM.
          If you would like to play Paraparaumu Beach links as part of your New Zealand vacation, contact Home At First anytime.


The short (146 yards) par-3 14th hole requires accuracy and touch, especially in windy conditions.
Aim for the center of the green, and hope the pin location is right where it is pictured
.

 

PARAPARAUMU BEACH GOLF CLUB, NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

 

Length & Par:
• Black Championship Tees:
• Blue Tees:
• White Tees:
• Yellow Tees:
• Red Tees:

MEN'S TEES
Par 71, 6,577 yards
Par 71, 6,470 yards
Par 71, 6,004 yards
Par 73, 5,674 yards
Par 71, 5,155 yards

WOMEN'S TEES
—
—
Par 74, 5,995 yards
Par 73, 5,674 yards
Par 71, 5,155 yards

Greens Fees per Round: NZ$150
• Credit Cards Accepted: VISA, AMEX, MASTERCARD
• Open and Playable Year Round
• Booking of Tee-Times Required in advance of play.
•
Visitors welcome every day. But, this is a busy course:
    many
days & times may be unavailable due to scheduled club events.
• Minimum Handicap: NONE

Booking Tee-Times:
• Phoning from outside of New Zealand: Tel: +64 4 902 8200
• OR e-mail: bookings@paraparaumubeachgolfclub.co.nz
• OR have Home At First book a tee-time for you as part of your New
    Zealand travel itinerary; there's no extra charge for this service.

Facilities:
• Changing rooms for men and women
• Pro Shop: fully-equipped
• Practice area and putting green
• Cafι restaurant & Bar

Rentals:
• Pull carts — standard (trolleys): NZ$5/round
• Golf carts (Buggies):  NZ$40/cart
• Club rental: steel & graphite; men's & ladies'; right & left-handed: NZ$35
• Golf Shoes
• Caddies (request these in advance)

LOCATION: Three minutes west of Paraparaumu town center on Highway 1. Forty minutes north of Wellington city to Paraparaumu, five minutes south of Waikanae to Paraparaumu. Once in Paraparaumu, turn west from Highway 1 onto Kapiti Road. Follow Kapiti Road past airport to golf course entrance on right side near the beach.

Address:  Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, 376 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand.

Nearest HOME AT FIRST lodgings:
ORIENTAL BAY INN
, 45 minutes south of Paraparaumu Beach GC in Wellington.
More about HOME AT FIRST's NEW ZEALAND travel program.
More about
WELLINGTON AND THE KAPITI COAST.

Other Golf in the region:
• WAIKANAE GOLF CLUB
, 18-hole coastal parkland course, 15min. south of Levin along Highway 1.

• LEVIN LINKS GOLF CLUB, one of New Zealand's unknown gems, near the Tasman Sea west of Levin 25min. north of Paraparaumu along Highway 1.

 

WELLINGTON & THE KAPITI COAST

THE WELLINGTON/KAPITI COAST REGION:
          New Zealand’s
Kapiti Coast is named after a large island just offshore, now home to an important nature reserve and bird sanctuary. Like a mini-Chile, the Kapiti Coast is a fertile, narrow corridor of land between ocean and mountains. There are long, broad, empty beaches here, and productive farms. As Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city an hour to the south, has grown, the former small towns of the Kapiti Coast have grown with it, and many have become bedroom communities to Wellington. As such, the city’s cultural

Wellington city and harbor viewed from above the city's famed Botanic Gardens. Photo credit - WellingtonNZ.com.
Wellington city and harbor viewed from
above the city's famed Botanic Gardens

Photo credit: WellingtonNZ.com.

influence has brought fine restaurants and

 

  

upscale shopping to the region. But

Kapiti Island Nature Preserve lies only 15-minutes by boat off the coast from Paraparaumu Beach. Only 50 persons may visit the island each day, making bird-watching at Kapiti Island more exclusive than chasing birdies at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. Photo © Home At First.
Photo © Home At First

Wellington, often compared to San Francisco, remains the region’s cultural center. Its theater, botanical gardens, museums, shops, restaurants, and harbor continue to be the focus of visitors.

Kapiti Island Nature Preserve lies only 15-minutes
by boat off the coast from Paraparaumu Beach. Only
50 persons may visit the island each day, making
bird-watching at Kapiti Island more exclusive than
chasing birdies at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

 

Want to learn about other courses throughout NEW ZEALAND
including some of the greatest tests of golf in the world?
See our
NEW ZEALAND COURSE GUIDE for more information.
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