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Paraparaumu Beach has featured regularly over the years in many of the leading ranking lists. It has been ranked as high as 71 in the world by respected publication US Golf Magazine and currently sits in Golf Digests “Worlds 100 greatest golf courses” list at no.77. One of the highest accolades however came from respected golf course architect and reviewer Tom Doak who included the course in his “Gourmet Choice” which he describes as a list of his favourite golf courses, “a place to stir your soul and a course that will reward the visitor with something out of the ordinary”.


PLANET GOLF WORLD TOP 100 2020 Paraparaumu Beach 84th
TOP100GOLFCOURSES.COM WORLD TOP100 2020 Paraparaumu Beach 94th
TOP100GOLFCOURSES.COM NZ TOP 50 2020 Paraparaumu Beach 3rd
GOLF DIGEST NZ TOP 40 2020 Paraparaumu Beach 8th
GOLF DIGEST WORLD TOP 100 OUTSIDE OF USA 2020 Paraparaumu Beach 65th
GOLF DIGEST WORLD TOP 200 2020 Paraparaumu Beach 151st
GOLF MAGAZINE WORLD TOP 100 2020 Paraparaumu Beach "Next 50"
GOLF MAGAZINE WORLD TOP 100 2003 Paraparaumu Beach 99th











"My top 10" - Golf Vacations Magazine 2015 (Michael Campbell)
"Kiwi's Best Course Tour" - Golf Digest Travel (Korea)
"A distant paradise"- South African Golf Digest Aug 2013
The Andrew Harper Hideaway Report May 2011
The Cut Magazine Destination Paraparaumu Bch April 2009
Golf Australia Magazine Dec 2008 Pure Golf NZ Feature
Golf Odyssey - A whirlwind week in NZ, Jan 2008
Golf Travel and Leisure - Tom Doaks 14 Fav Links, April 2007
Golf Travel and Leisure - Kiwi Cliff Hangers, Feb 2006
Golf Punk - Rough Guide to NZ 2010
Planet Golf - Darius Olivers World Top 100
Golf Digest - Top 100 outside of the US 2007


“The Course was in amazing condition. I have not been there since all the trees had gone and wow the place/course was the best I have ever seen it. Paraparaumu is my favorite course in NZ and last week just made me appreciate it more.” - Mahal Pearce 2003 New Zealand Open Winner Oct 2021

“Paraparaumu is my favourite course in New Zealand – it’s got the blood of golf soaking in its sprinkler system” – Erik Anders Lang, Adventures in Golf

"It was our pleasure to visit our reciprocal club Paraparaumu Beach GC at the end of January 2019. The golf course is one of the very best links courses we have had the pleasure to play.  David, the President, was more than helpful and thank him and the Members for his/their welcoming manner.  Hilary in the Pro Shop looked after all of our golfing requirements, tee times, apparel etc. and went out of her way to book a restaurant for us.  Member Brent allowed Farhad to use his buggy on Sunday.

Compared to all of the golf clubs that we have had the good fortune to play, Paraparaumu Beach is No. 1 for hospitality - by a very long way. Thank you". - Gary Powerlett, Farhad Dubash, Richard Herman, Andrew Mirams – Woodlands Golf Club, Victoria Feb 2019


"I can honestly say that an afternoon at Paraparaumu Beach will be the highlight of your trip. The highest compliment to any golf course is that you'll walk off the 18th green wanting to go straight back to the 1st tee"

- Fergal O'Leary, Top 100 Golf Courses of the World.


"Paraparaumu Beach was easily my best "pure" golfing experience in New Zealand. Thank you for making it happen"

- Ivan Morris, Ireland April 2014 


“Thanks for a magnificent day at PBGC last week. Loved the course, staff were excellent and simply had a memorable day. Have to say that PBGC is one of my favourite Southern Hemisphere courses"

- Neil Martin United Kingdom, August 2012


“I have played in St Andrews most of my life and have been very fortunate to play a few other true links courses in Scotland, but Paraparaumu was a brilliant discovery. To find such a gem hidden on the coast was superb – it was a pleasure to play.”

- Alex Roome, Oct 2010


“I could never get sick of playing Paraparam’. Having grown up playing links golf in Scotland & Ireland, this mode of golf gets my wheels spinning. It feels like getting back to my roots.”

- Jamie Patton from, Feb 2010


"If Golf was a religion, Paraparaumu Beach would be its Cathedral"

- Sev K-H Kiel Feb 2011


“Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club will always remain a special place to me, as that is where my golf career started”

- Steve Williams – 2010


“One of the biggest highlights of my career was caddying for Tiger at the 2002 New Zealand Open at PBGC and he too agreed what a great layout and was very impressed with the collection of demanding par 3’s”

- Steve Williams – 2010


“After more than three decades of caddying I rate Paraparaumu Beach very highly and believe it has one of the best groups of par 3’s on any course I have encountered. The par 3 2nd, 5th, 14th and 16th will challenge the best players everytime despite not being long holes like many of the modern day par 3’s.”

- Steve Williams – 2010


“As I embarked on a career as a professional caddy I was very fortunate to caddy on many of the Worlds best courses and I began to realise that my own home club was indeed as good as many of the best around the World”

- Steve Williams – 2010


“Fans of traditional links courses will simply love Paraparaumu Beach”

- Golf Australia Magazine – Dec 2008


“For Kiwis stuck at the bottom of the world, the greenfee is worth it just to see the new revetted bunkers"

- The Cut Magazine – April 2009


“Arguably New Zealand golf’s spiritual home”

- The Cut Magazine – April 2009


“PB is a great example of how intelligent design on appropriate terrain can remain relevant in spite of technological advances. With the fescues revived and the ball "alive" when it lands, once again the links shows that the interest and intrigue associated with its counterparts in the British Isles is alive and well on the Kapiti Coast.”

- Greg Turner – New Zealand Open Winner 1989,1997


"Quite rightly regarded as one of the best links in the southern hemisphere" 

- Greg Turner – New Zealand Open Winner 1989,1997


"Links golf of quality, variety and intrigue and of true international standard"

- Greg Turner – New Zealand Open Winner 1989,1997


“It is one of the finest courses I have played in my 30 years as a tour professional and my top tick for New Zealand”

- Peter Fowler – 1993 NZ Open Champion and 9 professional career victories.


“Paraparaumu Beach – it offers the best final three holes in the country. There are plenty of great holes and it is an unbelievably good course”

- Touring professional Richard Lee in response to what his favourite course in NZ was – Cut Magazine August 2009


“For many years this compact links course, in a beach suburb just north of Wellington, had the reputation of being the best links course in the southern hemisphere – and deservedly so”

- Leading course architect Tom Doak rating Paraparaumu in his top 14 Links courses worldwide - Travel and Leisure Magazine – 2007


“This is a great course……a great, great course”

- 9 time major champion Gary Player


"Paraparaumu will be famed for a century yet”

- 5 time British Open winner Peter Thompson


“Nature obviously had in mind both golfers and galleries when she formed Paraparaumu, and it’s re-birth is so important and refreshing for New Zealand golf.”

- Gary Ahern Columnist NZ Golf Monthly Magazine – March 2007


“I really, really enjoy the Paraparaumu Golf Course. It’s a links course that’s relatively untouched and totally natural. It was a course I always enjoyed as a kid and still do to this day”

- US Open Winner Michael Campbell - Golf Punk Magazine 2009 Responding to the question“what is your favorite golf course in NZ and what makes it so good”


“I just think that it’s a fantastic golf course”

- Craig Parry 2002 NZ Open Press Conference


“Difficult holes are not necessarily good holes ,but the 13th is a perfect example of a great hole”

- World Atlas of Golf


“Intriguing, alternative strategic decisions, each with its own reward, mark this as one of the finest half dozen holes in Australian or New Zealand golf”

- 17th Hole PBGC - World Atlas of Golf