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 - West Palace, Beijing, China.

The Beijing West Palace Pitch and Putt club is located in the core of the Shijijingyuan commercial district, very close to the cityís zoological gardens. Beijing is a thoroughly modern city with 17 million inhabitants, full of architectural futuristic skyscrapers along with gems from the imperial historic past. What may come as a surprise is the attention paid to public gardening, floral displays, and the city is dotted with small and larger landscaped parks. Even more surprising is to have a Pitch and Putt club in the city itself. Surely there canít be many courses with an underground metro station just around the corner.

The West Palace is a nine-hole facility, beautifully shaped over 70,000 square metres. The course is impeccably well constructed and maintained with three water hazards and several strategically placed bunkers protecting large, fast and sloping greens. The course opened for business on 21 March this year and now has 80 members.



For the first FIPPA international Pitch & Putt tournament the course was cleverly redesigned to just under 1,200 metres for 18 holes with astro-turf tee boxes strategically placed to allow for a challenging and entertaining Pitch & Putt course. The winner of the Beijing Open, Fang Jiliang, carded a total of 4 over par over 54 holes.



Perhaps the most difficult hole is the final hole measuring 90 metres, over a lake. The little bridge between the 8th and 9th fairways is very picturesque indeed. One outstanding feature of the West Palace Club is the friendly and cordial reception offered to members and visitors by the attentive staff under the management of Ms. Chen Yue.

The designer and director of the club, Mr. Kenson Liu, is now eager to design and construct a new purpose-built Pitch & Putt course just outside the city. For the moment, the club is open to club members, family members and guests.† Fang Jiliang, who won the recent Beijing Open and Liu Yuan, the runner-up, are regular players at West Palace.




Card of the West Palace course
 

Hole Metres
1 55
2 74
3 74
4 62
5 47
6 68
7 56
8 72
9 90
Out 598

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