Stevie Williams on Lydia, Tiger and Adam.

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On Tuesday night White Dragon Golf attended an evening with the Worlds number one caddie Stevie Williams, at his home club, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, the event was also supported by Paper Plus, the premier book shop in Paraparaumu.

One of the first questions he was asked was about the phenomenal rise of New Zealand’s lady wonder Lydia Ko, who currently sits at the top of the Rolex World Rankings.

Leo Barber, the General Manager of Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club asked the question  about Lydia; here is what Stevie had to say;

Affable sports interviewer for this event, Matt Buck, then quizzed Steve about his relationship with Adam Scott. One fact we should all know is that when Steve signs a contract with a player, in that contract there is a clause requiring that the player will come and play at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

Tiger was brought to the Param golf club to honor that agreement, in 2002, to participate in the New Zealand Open.

Adam Scott will grace our links in the near future, it would be great if that were also a New Zealand Open.

There was a lot of controversy about some of the things Stevie said about his book, Out of the Rough, about his relationship with Tiger Woods, but on the night he was full  of praise for the best golfer in the world;


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Par three 2nd Green, and 3rd hole White tee. The Pine forest to the right has now been removed.


Greenkeepers view of Chambers Bay Greens.

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Mr Leo Barber is the General Manager of Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, and has long been renowned as the top Greenkeeper in New Zealand.

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Below is his professional assessment of the Chambers Bay greens, and the mistake that had been made in trying to mould two very different grasses together;

“It is not in doubt in my opinion that the greens were indeed of questionable composition and therefore rolled less than ideally.

Fescue greens are a completely different animal, beautiful to putt on in their own right but add the sometimes dreaded

Poa Annua into the mix and you have a diabolical collaboration between two grasses that thrive at different ends of the spectrum.

One grass needs to be cut low and worked vigorously to produce a good surface and the other cut higher and finessed.

It was always going to be a difficult task for the Superintendent brought in to address the growing concerns, only a couple

of years prior to the event, and even more difficult when that Superintendent lost control of his tools as happens in major

events, with the governing body taking over, and in this instance a governing body that had a strong desire to push the

agronomical boundaries.”

So you have to ask yourself, why did they do it ?





New Zealand Stroke Play Championships. 18 Year-Old Julianne Alvarez Wins

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Julianne Alvarez has won the women’s section of the New Zealand Stroke Play Championships played at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

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Julianne won the women’s New Zealand Stroke Play Championships title, shooting a final round course record of -7 under par 67 on the World famous Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club course.

She reported that she was very proud of her achievement;

” I’m very proud of myself, I went out thinking I have to play solidly, and I did that all week. I enjoy the difficulty and challenge of this course, and links golf.”

“I shot seven under in the last round of the Lawnmaster, but this feels like a lot better round. So I guess you could say this is my best round ever.”

“On a course like Paraparaumu Beach you have to keep yourself in play, and in the right position, and I did that today.”

Julianne is coached at Paraparaumu Beach by professional Kevin Smith, he has been guiding her to success since she was seven years-old, he had this so say of his pupil:

“She’s won the New Zealand Amateur in 2013, ans she’s won a couple of Bob Charles events, but definitely the New Zealand Stroke Play is one of the pinnacle events for New Zealand golf.”

” For me personally, because with professional golf it’s all about stroke play. So I would tend to favor winning the New Zealand Stroke Play, especially at a great golf course like Paraparaumu.”

The men’s section was won by another 18 year-old, Toshiki Ishitoku, from Japan. His win came by way of a play-off against Nick Coxon from New Zealand after they both completed the tournament at -10 under par.

Toshiki was playing on a links course for the very first time, and rated this victory;

“Biggest of my career.” 

We wish Julianne all the best for a successful Professional career.





1st Hole in One.

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Hi guys just had to report that had my first ever hole in one today, on the 14th hole at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, in New Zealand.

Unfortunately there are no good pictures of this 150 yard par three, to the back of the green, where the pin was today, but who cares, it went in.

Virtually all carry to a generously-sized green for a par 3 guarded by bunker left and right at the front, and out of bounds very close to back of green. The tee is a little sheltered so judging the wind here is paramount.Today the wind speed and direction was not a factor, a very unusual occurrence on this ocean side links course. The safe play on this hole is to play for the center of the green and not always the pin, but what the hell, I went for it, because my opponent was within an easy short put for a two. The hole in one was a generous gift, especially as it was my first one, although I will say I struck the tee shot wonderfully well, it felt good, and turned out perfect. It certainly upstaged the opponents who thought a two would win the hole.

My playing partner was Terry McNamara, we were battling against the very low handicapper Cliff Moore and the long hitting Kevin Gatfield. We finished the day all square, and really enjoyed the free drinks in the 19th afterwards.

Not to be out-done on the day, my close neighbor, and friend Tony Gibbons also had a hole in one today, at the par three 5th, a bugger of a hole at 140 yards, that you can not miss left, right or long.

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Me and Tony

For the advertisers information I am wearing a Breast Cancer Awareness pink Oakley shirt, Phil Mickelson inspired Callaway shorts, a Dragon Golf belt and Nike Shoes. { I know you can not see the shoes, but trust me they are there.}

Not sure what Tony was wearing, we had imbibed a few drinks by the time this picture was taken. He did ask me why it was that if I made the best putter in the world, why would I not use it !!!



Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. Just a little Windy

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Hi Guys,

Thought I would just pass on this message I received from my golf club about yesterdays five club wind. Today is even worse with rain lashing down in the howling wind. Happy Days .


Dear Peter,
Welcome to this week’s edition of Course Clippings.  Golfers are a unique breed, and on days like we are experiencing today, I am acutely reminded of this.  Such is the passion for this game that those that engage in its allure are often drawn to its pursuit despite the occasional barrier, of say…..”a five club wind”, to quote one of our Australian guests this morning.  Our Scottish forefathers who developed this wonderful game had a beautiful expression, “if there’s nae wind, it’s nae gawf”.  I am sure the Scots among our membership would have a tear in their eye today.  Blown hats off to all the bravehearts out on the links today who took on the “5 club wind” and succeeded.  Whilst there were a few defeated faces out there today, mainly from those who failed to even make the first tee, the invigoration and enthusiasm from those who gave it a nudge was infectious and displayed all those characteristics of what makes both this game and its participants great.  As our Australian guests so succinctly put it when met off the 18th, “yesterday at Kidnappers was good, but today….that was golf”
It seems apt to wish the “Hurricanes” all the best for Saturday.
Have a great weekend
Leo Barber
This picture is of the tricky par 5 7th hole at Paraparaumu Beach. Good luck staying on that fairway.

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Wonderful Week For White Dragon Golf.

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I was in a four ball yesterday . at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, where three of the payers were using a White Dragon Putter, it was a great thrill for me to actually play with people who use one of my putters. I was stunned as one of them went on to one putt the first five holes, which put my partner and I four down at the turn. Normal service was resumed on the back nine as we fought back to level the scores on the 18th. We celebrated in the 19th, as usual.

If you ever come to visit Paraparaumu Golf Club you will find the bar staff are very friendly, along with the staff in the Pro shop, lead by Ricky. Our caterer Dave can also offer you some good food, so all in all you probably wont find a better golf course and more friendly staff that you will find at Paraparaumu.

Actually last weekend I won a Club tournament at Paraparaumu, a pairs competition in an unusual format. The 96 players were grouped into flights, according to handicap. This meant all groups were pretty evenly matched. There were five rounds of matches played over nine holes, 27 on the Saturday and 18 on Sunday,  competing against all the teams in your flight in turn. A point was awarded for every hole won, and of course one deducted for every hole lost. A book was run on the event and you could “buy’ a flight at auction, betting on who would win each flight. There were both mens and ladies teams competing, and it was a lovely weekend for golf.

Strongly supported by my partner, David Harris, we not only  not only won our flight but took the overall title as well, with a total score of  +12. Got my name on a piece of silverware. As you can see in the presentation photo below I had already consumed my fair share of alcohol before the presentation, lucky for me my wife Wendy was picking me up at the end of the day.


That’s a wide-eyed me, our Sponsor from Glassfit Ltd Paul Whittleston, who was in our flight and was not best pleased that we beat him, and partner David Harris.

There’s a Rat in the Hole !

We were playing golf yesterday at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, in New Zealand. the playing conditions were very similar to those that were encountered at Harbour Town Golf Club last week, very windy and wet. After executing a lovely drive off the first tee, plumb in the middle of the fairway, which is not an easy fairway to make due to the fact the hole is a dog-leg to the left. In general most of my drives go through the dog-leg leaving me a long way from the green. Anyway, there I was in the middle courtesy of a draw off the tee, two hundred yards from the green. In normal weather conditions I would have had a good chance of putting the ball on the green, but firing into a strong wind blustery wind the odds were not too good.

I made a good swing, great connection with the ball and it started straight on line, I was impressed with the effort. Peering through the gloom to see if the ball was going to make the green, I lost sight of the ball and asked my playing partners if they could see it. One of them shouted, I think it’s on the green, it’s running towards the hole. I strained my eyes and indeed could see something white moving across the green towards the hole, magic I exclaimed.

Walking down the fairway quite happy, thinking of maybe a birdie, at worst a par, some one shouted, It’s gone in the hole, the wind must have blown it in. You can imagine I was now very happy at this sudden turn of good fortune, just lately the golfing Gods had been against me, with every bad bounce followed by an awkward shot, instead of playing from the fairway. I was still smiling to myself when the next shout came, It’s comeback out again, it’s going back across the green. My shoulders slumped, it was obviously not a ball, but what was it. The four of us debated the strange occurrence, could it be a leaf, or just a piece of paper blowing around in the wind ? That’s not a leaf or piece of paper I said, it looks like a small animal running around in circles, could it be a small hedgehog. We all agreed that it was indeed an hedgehog.

Walking up to my ball, which was just short of the green, the small animal was now clearly in sight, it was not an hedgehog but a white rat. Not all of us were happy with having a rat running around on the green, some backed away, I too was thinking of all the diseases rats could pass on with just one bite. As I was pondering what to do, this creature ran towards me, and sat on my shoe, looking up at me, with his front legs pawing at my long pants. Luckily for me it was the first time this year it had been cold enough to wear long pants.

The pawing continued, it reminded me of my little dog, who would paw at me to be picked up for a cuddle. I figured this was just a pet rabbit, it had no fear of humans, and obviously had no idea that the golf course was full of predators looking for a meal, hawks and feral cats for instance. What should I do, the advice from the playing partners ranged from, kill it to catch it. Roland, as I had now decide to call him, was persistently pawing at my leg, the group behind had now caught up with us and were patiently waiting back in the fairway.

So I took a chance and bent down and picked up Roland and put him in one of the pockets of my golf bag, along with some cheese from my sandwich, which he seemed to enjoy. I duly pitched on the green. made par, and carried on with the round. Roland was comfortable taking a ride, so he stayed there for the rest of the round.

One of my playing partners was my grandson Harry, he decided to take Roland home and look after him and try to find the owner. I went round the next day to see how things were progressing and found the newly acquired pet running around in a home made cage, having the time of his life. I have a suspicion that Harry is hoping the owner will not be found. There are no pictures of this event, due to the inclement weather, my phone stayed in my pocket, but if there are any updates on the situation of Roland I will keep you informed.