One of the great – and often underrated – links courses of the Southern Hemisphere is the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course, which has hosted 12 New Zealand Opens. Located an hour’s drive north of Wellington on the Kapiti Coast, where the climate is golf-friendly, sits a challenging layout that threads its way through magnificent links land with a handful of holes that are regarded as some of the finest in the country.
Paraparaumu is undulating which makes bounce and roll a key character of its identity. Some of the biggest names in the sport have graced these fairways with five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson saying, “I loved it instantly. We had nothing like it in Australia.”