This is the only true links course I have encountered outside GB&I. I have played many that claim to be "links" - some are just links style, some come closer. However, Paraparaumu Beach actually has the bouncy turf that is found in GB&I. As a result, it is possible to pitch and run from like on a links course. Balls properly bound down the fairway. Backspin is almost totally removed on the first bounce (this doesn't happen at Bandon, Barnbougle etc), and shots played along the ground do not lose speed quickly and as a result are more reliable. Again, this is the only course outside of GB&I where this happens (I know that some claim that Oreti Sands is true links, but it doesn't play like one as the ground is "deader". I am incredibly jealous of the members of Paraparaumu Beach - to have an actual true linksland layout with the beautiful climate is unmatched!
Date: November 23, 2011