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.
June 12 - Molenhoek, Netherlands.

Course of the Month - Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada.

Imagine - its 1932, the world is in the grip of the Great Depression, and the city of Vancouver has a population of 250,000.
And in May of that far distant year one of the worlds oldest Pitch and Putt courses came into being in the stunningly beautiful Stanley Park area of Vancouver.

In May 1932, nearly 75 years ago, the Stanley Park Pitch and Putt course first opened to the public and it has remained open ever since, making it perhaps the worlds oldest continuously open Pitch and Putt course.
Stanley Park is extremely popular, and like most older Pitch and Putt courses it is publicly owned, being controlled by the Vancouver Park Board who do a magnificent job with such a popular course.
And like all old courses, it has plenty of stories to tell...

In the office of Terri Clark, Communications Co-ordinator for the Vancouver Park Board, there sits a silver trophy for "The Honourable Justice WA MacDonald Challenge Cup, Veterans Pitch and Putt Championship", a trophy that was first contested in 1936 and it shows us how popular the sport was in Vancouver in its infancy.
More recently, a regular at the course over the past few decades who played almost daily was Andy Craig who was still playing when he turned 100 yrs of age in 2002. Andy passed away shortly thereafter but is still remembered affectionately by those at the course.


Whilst Stanley Park was built nearly 75 years ago, it is characteristic of the earlier Pitch and Putt courses in that its course length resembles the modern international standards of today. At 1100m in length and with holes ranging from 36m to 90m it is a perfect reflection of the origins of the sport of Pitch and Putt.

And now, in 2006, the Stanley Park Pitch and Putt course and its playing community is stepping onto the international stage and joining the growing world of Pitch and Putt with a team from the course playing in this years World Interclub League - we wish them well.

The Stanley Park Pitch and Putt course is a beautiful tribute to the vision of those who created Stanley Park and to the hard work and dedication of the Vancouver Park Board who have done a superb job of maintaining this course for 74 years and giving us all this jewel in the crown of global Pitch and Putt.

If you ever get the chance, drop in for a round of P&P at Stanley Park - but be early, because its very popular!
(special thanks to Terri Clark and Alison Dempsey for the information provided for this article)
The Stanley Park website can be found here...


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