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LEVIN GOLF CLUB

LEVIN GOLF CLUB

Moutere Rd., Levin, Kapiti Coast
North Island, New Zealand

Tel:
+64 6 368 6189
Email:
levin@golf.co.nz

WEB SITE: LEVIN GOLF CLUB


Looking for a little-known gem of a golf course — at a bargain price?

 

THE COURSE & SOME NOTABLE HOLES: When golfers comer to the southwestern tip of New Zealand's North Island, they generally come to play the famed Paraparaumu Beach links course made famous in America by Tiger Woods's former caddy, Steve Williams. If the Scottish-style links of Paraparaumu is among New Zealand’s best-known — and possibly its best Scottish-style links — course, just 30 minutes up the road may be its least-known quality course, Levin Championship Links. Laid out in 1952 on a broad swath of primarily flat but undulating grassland in the flood

Mature trees add challenge to Levin Links. Photo © Home At First.
Mature trees add challenge to Levin Links.

plain between the town of Levin and the Tasman Sea, Levin Links is not wasteland — not a Scottish-style links tucked into the folds of wild dunes. Although its base soil is sandy, and drains well, it is loamy enough to support tall pine trees and lush grass. Indeed, were Levin not a golf course it appears rich enough to be farmed intensively.

          Despite having little water, the course is interesting, with several tight fairways among the trees and bunkered, fast greens adding challenge to its modest length. Ironically, its most difficult holes are two of its longest, the 532-yard par 5 4th, and the 591-yard par 5 10th, while its three par-3’s (2 on the front and 1 on the back), are among the easiest. The encroaching mature trees and undulations add challenge to most fairways and put a premium on being straight.
          Levin Links is never dull and is always

The 13th green at Levin Links with the Tararua Mountains to the east in the background. Photo © Home At First.
The 13th green at Levin Links with
the Tararua Mountains to the east.

scenic. Although the ocean is not close enough to touch the course, it is close enough to bring low billowy clouds and sea breezes. The backdrop for the more open holes, surprisingly, is mountains — the jagged line of mile-high peaks of the Tararua Range only a few miles inland (east).

 

-LEVIN GOLF CLUB, LEVIN, NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND


Length & Par: 
     • Championship (Blue) Tees:          Par 72, 6,694 yards
     
• Middle (White) Tees:                     Par 72 (Men); Par 73 (Ladies), 6,348 yards
    
• Forward (Yellow) Tees:                Par 73 (Ladies), 5701 yards
     
• Forward (Purple) Tees:                Par 71 (Men &/or Ladies), 4,523 yards

Greens Fees per ROUND: NZ$35
    
• Credit Cards Accepted: VISA
    
• Open and Playable Year Round
    
• Booking of Tee-Times Recommended at least 48 hours in advance of play.
    
• Visitors welcome every day. Some days may be unavailable due to scheduled club events.
    
• Minimum Handicap: NONE

Booking Tee-Times:
     
• Phoning from outside of New Zealand: Tel: +64 6 368 6189; Inside NZ: 06 368 6189
     • OR e-mail: levin@golf.co.nz
     
• OR have Home At First book a tee-time for you as part of your New Zealand travel itinerary;
         there's no extra charge for this service.

Facilities:
      
• Changing rooms for men and women
      
• Pro Shop: fully-equipped
     
• Practice area and putting green
     
• Cafι restaurant

Rentals:
      
• Pull carts (trundlers)
     
• Golf carts (Buggies):  NZ$35/round
      
• Club rental: NZ$10

LOCATION:
Five minutes west of south end of Levin town center. Turn west from Highway 1 onto
      Hokio Beach Road, then right on Moutere Road.
     
Address:  Levin Golf Club, Moutere Road, Levin, New Zealand.

Nearest HOME AT FIRST lodgings:
      ORIENTAL BAY INN, 60 minutes south of Levin Championship Links in Wellington.
      
More about HOME AT FIRST's NEW ZEALAND travel program.
      More about
WELLINGTON AND THE KAPITI COAST.


Other Golf in the region:

      • WAIKANAE GOLF CLUB, 18-hole coastal parkland course, 15min. south of Levin along Highway 1.

      • Paraparaumu Beach Links, one of New Zealand's top-rated courses, 20min. south of Levin
        
along Highway 1 in Paraparaumu Beach.

 

THE WELLINGTON/KAPITI COAST REGION: New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast is named after a large island just offshore, now home to an important nature reserve and bird sanctuary. Like a mini-Chile, the Kapiti Coast is a fertile, narrow corridor of land between ocean and mountains. There are long, broad, empty beaches here, and productive farms. As Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city an hour to the south, has grown, the former small towns of the Kapiti Coast have grown with it, and many have become bedroom communities to Wellington. As such, the city’s cultural influence has brought fine restaurants and upscale shopping

Wellington city and harbor viewed from above the city's famed Botanic Gardens. Photo credit - WellingtonNZ.com.
Wellington city and harbor viewed from
above the city's famed Botanic Gardens.

Photo credit: WellingtonNZ.com.

Kapiti Island Nature Preserve lies only 15-minutes by boat off the coast from Paraparaumu Beach. Only 50 persons may visit the island each day. They must register in advance for the permit and the boat trip. Photo © Home At First.
Photo © Home At First

into the region. But Wellington, often compared to San Francisco, remains the region’s cultural center. Its theater, botanical gardens, museums, shops, restaurants, and harbor continue to be the focus of visitors.

 

Kapiti Island Nature Preserve lies only 15-minutes
by boat off the coast from Paraparaumu Beach. Only
50 persons may visit the island each day. They must
register in advance for the permit and the boat trip
.

 

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