I have played Paraparaum on 17th April 2019 at 7.30am as part of my NZ golfing trip.
When you arrive on the parking lot, the clubhouse doesn't look like much, it does not have the grand entrance like Tara Iti or Cape Kidnappers, the newer additions to the NZ golf course selection, it does however, have nice views of the mountains and sense that the GC has been there long before the surrounding "modern" buildings.
The reception was warm and friendly, we quickly agreed on what tee I should start in order to have a fast round (I was playing the Royal Wellington in the afternoon,45 minutes drive away) and not lose to much time behind four balls, and there were quite a few on that day.
Given the early tee time, the grass was still quite moist and there was a lot of dew on the greens. Even though, I will remember this course most for how surprised I was of the incredibly fast greens, very well maintained, but still incredibly fast, even the dew seemed not to have any effect on the ball speed. That being said, the the greens are not to hard to read, not unlike the fairways, which on some holes become quite tricky, I would guess if you play the course more than once, you can have a lot of fun on them, with the hidden slopes and greens around the corners and in the little valleys. the general impression on the maintenance was really good, especially given the obviously high playing frequency (I only saw a higher on at the Royal Wellington), and it was in the noon time in the middle of the week, so I can only imagine how busy it gets over the weekends. it took me about 2.5 hours to walk the course. So it's not terribly long nor physically demanding, after all, it is located next to the ocean and the beach, accordingly, it is relatively flat with just enough humps and bums to make it fun to play. I can easily imagine why it was the home of the NZ open for so many years, if you are the are, definitely worth the visit.
ZigaStajner | 17-04-2019 | review: Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club