COURSE of the MONTH

INDEX

Jun 06 - St.Patricks, Ireland
Jul 06 - Teia, Catalonia
Aug 06 - Stanley Park, Canada
Sep 06 - Portmarnock, Ireland
Oct 06 - Sant Cebria, Catalonia
Nov 06 - Papendal, Netherlands
Dec 06 - Horsholm, Denmark
Jan 07 - Shandon, Ireland
Feb 07 - Portal del Roc, Catalonia
Mar 07 - Terrey Hills, Australia
Apr 07 - Jones Beach Park, USA
May 07 - Gualta, Catalonia
June 07 - Stackallen, Ireland
July 07 - Sant Jaume, Catalonia
August 07 - Waverley, Australia
September 07 - La Rosaleda, Canary Islands
October 07 - Fornells, Catalonia
November 07 - RGSC, Ireland
December 07 - Centenary Park, UK.
January 08 - Chia Laguna, Italy.
March 08 - Royal Meath, Ireland.
April 08 - Imjelt, Norway.
May 08 - Les Goelands, France.
June 08 - Les Moulins, Verbier, Switzerland.
July 08 - Glenville, Ireland.
Aug 08 - Lloret Papalus, Catalonia.
Sep 08 - Southern Cross, Australia
Oct 08 - Overbetuwe, Netherlands
Nov 08 - Fermoy, Ireland
Dec 08 - St. Moritz, Switzerland
Jan 09 - Larkspur Park, Ireland
Feb 09 - Lleida, Catalonia
March 09 - Glanville Hall, Australia
April 09 - St. Stephen's, Ireland
May 09 - Kristtornskogen, Norway
June 09 - Bussloo, Netherlands
July 09 - West Palace, China
Aug 09 - Canberra International, Australia
Sept 09 - Teyco l'Ampolla, Catalonia
Oct 09 - Cloghogue, Ireland
Nov 09 - El Torrent, Andorra
Dec 09 - Colegio Medico, Chile
Jan 10 - 2Club Golf, Ohio, USA
Feb 10 - Mas Pages, Catalonia
Mar 10 - Locarno, Switzerland
Apr 10 - Erin's Isle, Ireland
May 10 - Queen Elizabeth Park, Canada
June 10 - Heerde, Netherlands
July 10 - El Vendrell, Catalonia
Aug 10 - Deerpark, Ireland
Sep 10 - Nuolen, Switzerland
Oct 10 - Tennis Mora, Catalonia
Nov 10 - Koekange, Netherlands
Dec 10 - Collinstown, Ireland
Jan 11 - Utsikten, Norway
Feb 11 - Pazo da Touza, Galicia
Mar 11 - Seapoint, Ireland
Apr 11 - Groningen, Netherlands
May 11 - St. Anne's, Ireland
Jun 11 - Bonarea, Catalonia
Jul 11 - Central Park, UK.
Aug 11 - Boiro, Galicia.
Sept 11 - Ring Commons, Ireland.
Oct 11 - Bryne & Kro, Norway.
Nov 11 - Vall d'Ordino, Andorra.
Dec 11 - Claycastle, Ireland.
Jan 12 - West Golf, Germany.
Feb 12 - Wolvega, Netherlands.
Mar 12 - Hcap 1, Catalonia.
Apr 12 - Valley View, Australia.
May 12 - SRV, Koh Chang, Thailand.

Course of the Month - Vall d'Ordino, Andorra.


Nestled in the picturesque valley of Ordino, right in the heart of Andorra, is the recently renovated Pitch & Putt course Vall d'Ordino. It is especially pleasurable to play the game when surrounded by such great panoramic views of the Andorran mountains.

The course, built in 2002, has nine greens, but two very different tee-boxes per hole, so as to make a round of 18 holes quite challenging indeed. Like in Catalonia, the course is laid out for both international and - slightly longer - local competitions. Such competitions are organised with players playing to a carefully monitored handicap as recommended by FIPPA. The academy has programmes are especially dedicated to encouraging younger players to take up the sport.

The Club House is in the typical mountain chalet style and offers changing and shower facilities, lunch menus and often great entertainment during the frequent barbeques on the terrace.

It is a course suitable for players of any level. For more experienced players, it offers spectacular holes and artificial water hazards that require precision of pitch.

The examination begins immediately at the first. Stroke Index 3, this difficult 78 metre shot requires intelligent strategy. With Out of Bounds to the left and right, the green is protected by two bunkers. The green has two elevated platforms.

The ninth is considered Ordino's toughest assignment. These 94 metres demand high precision. The sweeping river Valira forms the left boundary of the fairway. Bunkers add to the complexity.

Hole 7 measures 80 metres (Stroke Index 13). The green is protected by lots of water. A lake along with a creek that crosses the fairway can give even a top exponent nightmares. The green is very flat but falls away at the back penalizing those who take too much club to escape the water. Bunkers add to the difficulty.

The relatively easy 54 metres 17 Index sixth is the second shortest hole. The green is the most complicated element. The central area of the green is the highest, so it falls away to all sides.


Facilities include:
Driving range
Illuminated Putting Green
Approach area
Pro Shop
golf school
equipment rental
clubhouse and bar
covered and illuminated terrace with barbecue
changing rooms with showers

Director: Orlando L. Francesconi
Professor: Gonzalo Mendoza
Greenkeeper: Adrian Brugnole



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Telephone the club at: + 376332227

The Vall d'Ordino website can be found here...

(special thanks to Martin Whitelaw and Quim Riera for the information provided for this article)


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