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 - Pitch and Putt Les Goélands, La Grande Motte, France


The home of the French Open, le "Challenge International", for the last 5 years, "Les Goélands" is a beautiful course located between the Mediterranean and the Camargue region of France. A converted golf course, the greens are larger than usual but water hazards are often in play and when the wind blows, as it does most of the time, it is by no means an easy course. Just 15 minutes from Montpellier international airport and close to major motorways, the course is easily accessible.

James Carroll of Castletown, County Meath, gave a good description of the course in a 2006 FIPPA Newsletter: “La Grande Motte was THE best Pitch and Putt course I have played on. I know my friends in Castletown won't be impressed with me saying that but it truly was! The facilities were first class, the hotel was super and the course was always in perfect condition. The greens were big and quick. One minor criticism was that we were teeing off grass and by the end of the third day, the tees were fairly cut up".

Four different Irish players have won on the course, but the current competition course record holder, for 18 holes, is Jan van Tijhuis of Holland, with 46 strokes - 8 under par. If you ever have the pleasure of playing the course, you will appreciate what a feat that was!



Another Irish winner, Ian Farrelly, has also described the course in FIPPA News: “It’s long and challenging but very enjoyable to play. The greens were in superb condition and running very true. There are some great shots on the course particularly the 90 metre 9th over the lake. That is probably one of the most intimidating tee shots in Pitch & Putt, with water all around and a very undulating green with steep slopes. There is no laying up on this hole, its all duck and no dinner! Generally, the greens are huge in Montpellier but that does not necessarily make it easier. The challenge of teeing off on grass teeboxes rather than rubber mats makes it even more difficult.”

The course is part of a major golf complex, owned and run by the town council of La Grande Motte and to demonstrate their intention to make this a truly Pitch and Putt venue, they have invested in 18 teeboxes.

Unfortunately, due to delays on the part of the supplier and administrative difficulties created by the recent municipal elections in France, the teeboxes will only be available in May, too late for this year's Open.



The course is due to host the first FIPPA World Strokeplay Championship in 2009 and for this prestigious event, the greenkeeper will reduce the size of the greens next spring to make sure that her course meets the universal approval of the Pitch and Putt world. The 72 qualifiers from countries throughout the world are going to play the ultimate challenge in an idyllic setting. The course will be ready to defend its reputation as the best in the world!





Card of the Course

Hole

Metres

Hole

Metres

1

49

10

79

2

66

11

52

3

68

12

69

4

62

13

47

5

45

14

61

6

52

15

49

7

78

16

66

8

89

17

68

9

90

18

48

Out

599

In

539

 

 

Tot.

1,138

 

 

 

  Christian Auziere's superb Guide to the Les Goelands course

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