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Golf: Coming To Kiwiland - Tiger Played Here

Contributor:
Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

The Links - Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

Tiger Woods came here for the 2002 New Zealand Open and this suggests it’s worth a shot to play it when you’re in the Wellington area?

You can fast-forward all the opening talk and move onto some great shots of the course on this video clip.

How good is “Paraparam”? The following is from a guy who won five Open championships on links’ golf courses. So he should be a reliable source of information when evaluating the quality of a links golf course.

“Peter Thomson - winner of the British Open on five occasions and nine times New Zealand Open champion, had this to say about the course;

"I loved it instantly. We had nothing like it in Australia , which must have struck Alex Russell, who did the layout. Course designing approaches an art form, especially done in a perfect modelling medium like volcanic sand. Russell must have been ecstatic. What was left after his departure was a gem of enjoyment, a monument to the game and a gift to the future. When we all turn to dust, "Paraparaumu" the golf, should be still lying there as it was when the first golfers came by, with Kapiti an off-shore island standing guard to see that no one steals it away. And the winds will ever blow to test the golfer's will and integrity. Paraparaumu will be famed for a century yet."
From the club’s web site

Golf Club Atlas provides a very good review and photographs of the course.

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