Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club
The host of 12 New Zealand Opens, Paraparaumu Beach is considered by many to be the spiritual home of New Zealand golf. The course that tamed the Tiger in 2002, this is links golf at its purest.
Spiritual home of New Zealand Golf
It’s not often you get a chance to play a golf course that is truly exceptional. Paraparaumu Beach however is one of those courses you will remember forever. The host of 12 New Zealand Opens, it is considered by many to be the “spiritual home of New Zealand golf”. Whether you’re breaking a hundred for the first time or shooting the course record, you’ll savour every swing on a course the legendary Gary Player once described as a “great, great course”.
Some of the biggest names in the sport have graced these fairways, from Gary Player and five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thompson through to Corey Pavin, Michael Campbell and in 2002 the worlds number 1 golfer, Tiger Woods.
Designed in 1949 by Alex Russell, whose design credits include the world-famous Royal Melbourne golf course, Paraparaumu Beach is a regular inside the World Top 100 Golf Course lists and is considered one of the best links courses in the Southern Hemisphere. Modeled on some of the best links courses of Britain and Ireland, the challenging layout threads its way through magnificent linksland just north of Wellington, and once you’ve experienced it, you’ll understand just why golf played at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course is golf at its purest.
Golf at its purest
An hour by road from capital, Wellington, this course is considered as New Zealand’s leading links layout. The course was designed just after World War II by Australian Open winner, Alex Russell. The short par-3’s are a distinctive feature, often played with a stiff breeze to contend with.