Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, which has hosted 12 New Zealand Opens, is one of the great – sometimes underrated – true links courses of the Southern Hemisphere. Situated an hour’s drive north of Wellington on the Kapiti Coast, Paraparaumu is a challenging layout that threads its way through the sand dunes of magnificent links land. Several of its holes are regarded as 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 golf have graced (and loved) these fairways, including Tiger Woods in 2002.