paulofchester

I am a very keen golfer, native of Australia but worked all round the world, and my golf clubs were always with me. Now a resident of Paraparaumu Beach, and member if its wonderful golf course. My favourite golf trip is Scotland to play the links courses. Also love the Sand Belt courses of Melbourne, where I learnt to play. However, as much as I love playing a great course, I love even more playing the courses no one ever hears of, in places no one would expect to see a golf course. To me, golf is not about the fastest green, perfect fairway or grandest clubhouse. It is about fun, enjoying the walk and trying to hit more good shots than bad. And, most important, meeting the challenge of a game that beats you time and time again, and yet we keep coming back. I love this site because it brings memories, good and bad. It is also a great reference for wherever my next travel is. I hope you don’t all agree with my reviews, for what makes a great hole is a subjective opinion. Long may that be so.

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Tara Iti 04/02/2020

1st North Island - Best in Area 1st New Zealand Ranking 4th Oceania Ranking 36th World Ranking
There is something quite surreal about driving over an unsealed road for several kilometres before arriving at the gates of one of the most exclusive golf courses on the...

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Napier 26/01/2020

35th North Island - Best in Area
This is a delightful course to play, easy to walk, and interesting enough to hold your attention. You really have to be straight off the tee, as the fairways are narrow a...

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Titirangi 30/12/2019

6th North Island - Best in Area 8th New Zealand Ranking 39th Oceania Ranking
There are in New Zealand only one MacKenzie course, and one Russell course. As a member of the one Russell course, Paraparaumu Beach, I was lucky enough to be invited to...

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Oubaai 02/12/2017

12th Western Cape - Best in Area 38th South Africa Ranking
This was the best course I played on a golfing tour of George and surrounds. Ernie Els has crafted a course for all levels (although the carry from some tees to fairways...

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Pezula 02/12/2017

6th Western Cape - Best in Area 18th South Africa Ranking
Played here in October. All I can say is thank god for golf carts, because I have never played a course with so much elevation change. Overall, this is a fine course with...

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Nkana 26/10/2016

1st Zambia Ranking
Whatever you do, take lots of balls if you are in anyway a slightly inaccurate hitter, especially off the tees. The fairways are narrow, and the rough deep. When I played...

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Yarra Yarra 31/03/2016

19th Victoria - Best in Area 40th Australia Ranking 53rd Oceania Ranking
Depending on who you talk to, this is either the best members sandbelt course or just an average collection of holes. To me is it somewhere in between. The opening hole,...

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Sorrento 02/12/2015

33rd Victoria - Best in Area 82nd Australia Ranking
A fine members course, not long, but challenging. The removal of the many trees has made it an even more exciting layout as this has opened up the lines. The opening hole...

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National (Old) 02/11/2015

9th Victoria - Best in Area 15th Australia Ranking 20th Oceania Ranking
By far the best of the three courses, this one offers the most to all golfers. Unlike Moonah with its brute force requirements this course both beguiles and deceives. Not...

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Ndola 02/10/2015

5th Zambia Ranking
This is a course that is old fashioned, in fair condition and not too hard, but I enjoy playing here nonetheless. The members are enthusiastic, welcoming and always ready...

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Denarau 02/10/2015

3rd Fiji Ranking 100th Oceania Ranking
I never know why they have championship tees on a resort course. I am single figures, and yet from the back tees this course is no fun at all. Come forward and it makes a...

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Musselburgh (Old) 02/10/2015

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Ok, here we go. I played this when I went to the Open at St Andrews and I am giving this top marks not because it is a great challenge or brilliant design or anything lik...

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Prestwick 30/09/2015

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 16th Scotland Ranking 38th Britain & Ireland Ranking
There is something really special about courses like this. You wouldn't build a course like this now, and yet there is hardly a thing wrong with Prestwick. The blind shot...

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