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 - El Vendrell, Catalonia.

El Vendrell first entered the public consciousness in the autumn of 1997 when the touring Irish played a Tarragona provincial selection at the water strewn course in preparation for the first international v. Catalonia at Solius. Ireland won 10-0.

The course has actually been open since 1993 when the original nine holes were built with an adjacent driving range. Nine additional holes were added in 1995 and the clubhouse arrived in 1997 in time for the Irish visit.

Gradually, the course and facilities at Carrer Schubert, Urb. Vendrell Mar. (30 kilometres from Tarragona and 60 kilometres from Barclona) have evolved into one of the most popular Pitch and Putt sites in Catalonia. Judicious tree planting have added to the visual appeal of the course and have defined each individual fairway.

The complex boasts an illuminated golf practice area of 22 bays, two putting greens, an approach shot area, a bunker area, a pro-shop, bar and a restaurant. There is a large terrace with a sea view and marquee for major events.

Carob trees are a major feature of this course, designed by Laureano Nomen. The sloping terrain and the water hazards certainly make for a difficult, but certainly not monotonous test.

The long thirteenth is the most difficult hole on the course. The tee is raised high above the fairway. A long hole's complexity is topped off with water in front of the green with out of bounds left. The green is flat and huge.

The fifth is another stand out hole with a stone wall situate to the left of the severely undulating green. One of the longest holes on the course, the tee is much higher than the fairway. The green is protected by a bunker to the right and another to the left.

A pine tree in the middle of the fairway provides plenty of complications on the 92 metre seventeenth. In case of any complacency, betyond the tree is a small wall and irrigation ditch. The large green is relatively flat.

The twelfth is one of the holes that has been modified recently ad lengthened to 70 metres. A water hazard right and a bunker left complete a tricky assignment.



El Vendrell is run by Josep Maria Roqueta, assisted by receptionist Eva Ciórraga and teacher Jesús Martínez.

Card of the El Vendrell Course

Hole

Metres

Hole

Metres

1

75

10

100

2

82

11

58

3

86

12

106

4

84

13

117

5

116

14

60

6

85

15

75

7

115

16

74

8

87

17

97

9

98

18

99

Out

828

In

786

 

 

Tot.

1,614

 

 

 

  The El Vendrell website can be found here...

Contact El Vendrell at info@elvendrell.es

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


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