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 - Southern Cross, Canberra, Australia.


Caberra is one of the world's most unique cities. 100 years ago there was no Canberra, just farmland. Then the newly formed Australian Parliament decided to build a capital city. First, there was the international competition for the design of the new city, won by an American, Walter Burley Griffin. And from that design has grown one of the most remarkable cities in the world. It is a city which combines nature and suburbia, a city where kangaroos can still be seen next to suburban streets and a city with a spectacular open design.

23rd August 1972 gave life to a new sports and social club, 10 kilometres south west of Canberra centre, which undoubtedly is now an unique institution in the local community. The founding directors took great care to position the Southern Cross Club as a family club that had a focus on providing families with a broad range of activities and programs. Henry's Family Restaurant is but one example of the Board's early vision for the Club. Southern Cross club features the Tuggeranong and Woden Indoor Sports Stadiums, a Sailing School, a Health and Fitness Centre, cruises and a Yacht Club. The jewel in the club's crown is the the Southern Cross Pitch and Putt course.

Southern Cross Pitch and Putt course on Irving Street in Phillip undoubtedly set a new quality benchmark for such facilities when it opened in 1999. It has sustained a high popularity for nigh ron 10 years, unrivalled in Australia. At $12 for 18 holes and taking just 90 minutes per round, it continues to be one of the most loved landscaped and sporting spaces in Canberra by those that regularly enjoy it. Southern Cross boasts lots of trees and water features It's excellent design has made it a sought after host venue for domestic and international Pitch and Putt tournaments.

Royal Canberra Golf Club lies just 5 kilometres away but Southern Cross' putting surfaces stand comparison with the best on the continent.

Not too far from Queanbeyan (where the historic Australia v. Ireland international was played in 1996), Southern Cross welcomed players from all over world to the 2007 Australian Open, the final leg of the Australian Triple Crown. "Southern Cross is a beautifully laid out course. It was the prime setting for the Australian Open," says Ireland's Alan Hanlon, one of the top international players in the sport. Alan Hanlon finished secod in that Australian Open, eight shots behind the hot 32 under par pace of his fellow countryman Ian Farrelly. Another Irish player, Liz Quinn was crowned Australian ladies champion after the 72 hole event.

Marie Hutchison is a keen player and Treasurer of the Australian Pitch and Putt Association. Marie's view is unequivocal. "The best course is the other ACT course Southern Cross." Marie finished fourth in this year's ACT championship at Southern Cross, behind winner June Drury. Stewart Genge was the men's champion.

One feels Southern Cross will see much competitive Pitch and Putt action in the decades to some.


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