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 - Teyco l'Ampolla, Tarragona, Catalonia.

This month’s FIPPA web Course of the Month is a new 18-hole layout close to the fishing town and tourist resort of Ampolla on the southern Mediterranean coast of Catalonia. The name Ampolla translated means ‘a bottle’, due to the shape of the bay close to the mouth of the Ebro river.

To get there embark on C-32 direction Tarragona / Valencia and take the exit for PA-7 in the same direction. Take exit 39A for N-340 towards L'Ampolla and turn left toward L'Ampolla/Deltebre. After about 800m turn right and continue 1.5 km in the direction of Camar.

It's on the Carrer Amsterdam, 14 (El Roquer), L'Ampolla 43895, Tarragona that one finds Teyco, the host course for the III International Ladies Open in November 2009. The club boasts the following services: clubhouse (featuring the "Forat 19" Bar and Restaurant and changing rooms), practice ground, putting-green, and a school with expert teachers.

The course has fairways between 55m and 105m with permanent EPPA/FIPPA tee boxes on seven holes to facilitate EPPA rules events and international competitions. In addition to the bunkers that dot almost every hole (many of the greens are well protected with bunkers), the principal difficulty on the 16th and 17th is pitching across a ravine. One of the curious aspects of this course is that it is divided into two sections by the coastal railroad. Four of the 18 holes are separated from the rest by a bridge. Players use the bridge to get to the 5th hole. Many will slow down to appreciate the spectacular views of the National Park and the Bay of the Ebro river (Ebro Delta).

Around the turn, a lake captures players' attention. The 10th obliges one to play over the lake which is used to irrigate the course throughout the summer. The green slopes wickedly towards the bottom right.

Hole 11 measures 77 metres (Index 12) from the back tee. Reduced to 51 metres for FIPPA, there's potential double trouble here. The lake is on the left and a gaping bunker lurks on the right. Mounds behind the green complete the assignment.



The third hole (57m) is indexed as the easiest hole but one must be careful not to overshoot the green as there is a particularly steep mound at the back and a number of trees. The green slopes towards a difficult bunker at the front. The narrow 4th hole has mounds both left and right with the added danger of the out of bounds on the left. The greens have been very professionally constructed and are well maintained. Care on the putting surfaces is called for, as they tend to have dips and slopes which could add more than a few strokes to your score. Perhaps the largest green is the 9th but it is well protected with a shamrock shaped bunker at the front.



The 16th and 17th holes look daunting from the tee as one must shoot over pretty savage rough in the river bed. Rarely is there any water in the river! The clubhouse is modern though cosy and with a good restaurant.

Card of the FIPPA Course

Hole

Metres

Hole

Metres

1

62

10

61

2

68

11

51

3

57

12

62

4

70

13

60

5

65

14

75

6

85

15

61

7

55

16

72

8

80

17

68

9

75

18

70

Out

617

In

580

 

 

Tot.

1,197

 

 

 

  The Teyco l'Ampolla Pitch and Putt website can be found here...

Contact Teyco l'Ampolla Pich and Putt at ampollapip@teyco.es

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


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