Moutere Rd., Levin, Kapiti Coast
North Island, New Zealand
+64 6 368 6189
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
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.
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-3s (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
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).
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:
73 (Ladies), 5701 yards
Forward (Purple) Tees:
(Men &/or Ladies), 4,523 yards
Greens Fees per ROUND:
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
Minimum Handicap: NONE
Phoning from outside of New Zealand: Tel: +64 6
368 6189; Inside NZ: 06 368 6189
At First book a tee-time for you as part of your
New Zealand travel itinerary;
there's no extra charge for this service.
Changing rooms for men and women
Pro Shop: fully-equipped
Practice area and putting green
Pull carts (trundlers)
Golf carts (Buggies):
Five minutes west of south end of Levin town
Turn west from Highway 1 onto
Hokio Beach Road, then right on Moutere Road.
Address: Levin Golf Club, Moutere Road, Levin,
Nearest HOME AT FIRST
INN, 60 minutes south of Levin Championship Links in
HOME AT FIRST's
NEW ZEALAND travel program.
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.
one of New Zealand's top-rated courses,
along Highway 1
in Paraparaumu Beach.
REGION: New Zealands
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 Zealands 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 citys 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.
Photo © Home At
into the region. But
Wellington, often compared to San Francisco, remains the regions
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.
register in advance for the permit and the boat trip.