Played Paraparaumu Beach last week in what is probably best described as a gale. at least 4 clubs - maybe more. And absolutely loved every minute of it. This is world class links golf in every way. In many ways it is the truest expression of links golf in Australasia - the fairway's arent perfect, and the wind impacts in all sorts of unpredictable ways, but my goodness what a course. No weak holes ( 10 and 11 wouldn't survive in Australia as the houses are so close to the left edge) and a never ending diet of fun, rolly polly fairways and fabulous green sites. The club deserve praise for not flattening their fairways like some clubs have done - genuine links bounces everywhere here.And yes the par 3's are world class - they would all be right at home on the best of British links courses. As close to golfing heaven as a links golf tragic can be in Australasia. Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm just beat it as a golf experience but unlike them, I'd happily play PBGC every week.
Date: May 24, 2014