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 - Hcap 1, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Catalonia.

From Barcelona, access the A-19 exit 17 at St. Andrew Llavaneres within 3 kilometres of Handicap 1. From Girona, travelling on the same highway, use exit 18 at the town of San Vicente de Montalt.

It's a fantastic facility. There are 28 practice tees (16 covered and 10 open air) along with a putting green, approach area and practice bunker. Equipment may be rented. Lessons are available (individual and collective). Other features include a golf shop, parking for over 100 vehicles, playground, restaurant and bar. The course is open in Summer from 8:00 to 21:00 every day and in Winter from 9:00 to 19:30 (closed Mondays).



The Catalan course is an 18-holer with an average of hole length of about 85 metres, reaching almost to the maximum 120 metres and with a shortest hole of 62 metres. The first 9 holes are more straightforward and shorter. The second nine is more demanding and has 5 holes with water hazards. Fairways are lined with trees that require precise shots. The course boasts a total of 19 bunkers and three artificial lakes.

Some of the feature holes on the course are:

Hcap 1's 18th is one of Catalonia's most challenging holes. Several rows of trees guard the green, so the pitch must rise rapidly. Playing left is not advised as 2 lakes await Out of Bounds lies to the right, and to the left of the green there is a bunker. Having survived all this, there's a viciously sloping putting surface. Making par here is a very good result.

16 is another difficult hole. Trees to the right of the elevated tee make the hole appear quite narrow. Further tall trees adjoin the fairway left and right. There is a bunker front right of the green along with out of bounds left and behind the green. The green has some pronounced slopes. Deep rough around the fringes makes recovery chips quite tricky.

Hole 3 is complicated. Little of the green is visible from the tee. The Out of Bounds net lurks down the right. To the left there's a bunker that is anything but easy to recover from.

Although the 10th at 63 metres is short by Catalan standards, water front left protects the green as do trees on both sides.



The Handicap One Pitch and Putt website can be found here...

e-mail the club at info@hcap1.es

GPS co-ordinates are: 41º 34' 30" N 2º 29' 42".

Director Santiago Sans is joined by key staff Imma Canal, José Pérez Saldaña, Jaume Roqueñi, Joaquim Mora and Jordi Graells.



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


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