Paraparaumu is in a league of its own in and around Wellington. This is a truly outstanding golf course that in my humble opinion deserves its place in the World Top 100.
Firstly this is one of the friendliest places I have played golf. I played in their Wednesday competition and from the happy faces in the pro-shop to the warm greeting from the group I played with, this place just radiated warmth and hospitality.
The course is the winner here, this is truly a place where local knowledge will improve your score. Every part of this course is immaculate and it is even more impressive when you find out this course is maintained by a small team of 4 greens staff.
Standing on the first tee you realise you are somewhere special, with the wind blowing off the coast and the pin hidden it is a great par four to kick off with. It is hard to sum on this course as you run out of superlatives. The par four 9th is an enjoyable hole. Time and time again the narrow and small greens challenge you to stay on, anything long or short is punished and will quickly add to your shot tally.
For me the final run of four holes shows off everything there is to offer on this course. The short par four 15th has a blind over hill tee shot, anything to the left will be lost and a fade will leave longer than you want in. This is followed by a short par three, played into the wind, the green is narrow and accuracy is essential to make a score.
The par four 17th has a split fairway and a well protected green and finally the par 5 18th, which can bring you into Eagle territory with two good shots, but anything wayward will be punished.
With intelligent use of the landscape, impressive architecture and a course in tiptop condition (there isn't a blade of grass out of place) you truly have one of the best golf courses in the world.
Date: May 14, 2019