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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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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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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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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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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Wallasey 29/09/2015

3rd Cheshire - Best in Area 64th England Ranking
Was really surprised by this course. Played it as the second last course on my recent trip to watch The Open and play some links courses.The opening and closing holes are...

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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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Conwy 13/09/2015

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 5th Wales Ranking
If it weren't for the 17 & 18th, this course would be a standout. The finishing holes are very disappointing, losing all the charm of links golf. However, the first 16 ar...

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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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