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.

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Course of the Month - Claycastle, Co. Cork, Ireland

The historic town of Youghal is situated in rural Co. Cork, approximately 50 km. east of Cork city. The popular seaside resort had a Pitch and Putt course at the Hilltop Hotel in the late 1970s/early 1980s. The plans of the hotel owners changed and the Pitch and Putt course was lost.

Some intrepid local pioneers were determined to keep Pitch and Putt alive in Youghal. Noel O' Driscoll R.I.P., Moira Curtin, Denis O' Connell, Tom McCarthy, Daisy Swayne R.I.P. and Angela Pomphrett were among the driving forces behind a new course. Construction work began on what was marshland in 1985 at a cost of 50.000 and the new course was unveiled on 8th August 1986. Claycastle club was established in 1986 and the very first competition played was the Aherne Shield. 340 cards were taken out and Michael Shiels jnr. was the eventual winner.



Claycastle course is considered to be one of the finest but toughest in Ireland. The cognoscenti believe it's less about the birdies fired at Claycastle but more about avoiding the double bogeys and worse.

The 57 metre, Index 2 third has wreaked much havoc since 1986. Many, many players will be relieved to arrive on the 4th tee having scored a three at the third and survived its uphill pitch to a severely sloping green.


Index One hole at Claycastle is the 16th. A tough teeshot uphill to a two tier green is required. Pitch short and you potentially face a daunting 20 metre chip up the same hill!

The Index 3 60 metre 13th is a monster in high winds. And high winds blow regularly, at coastal Claycastle. The bunker short of the green is often busy. One simply cannot miss the green left!

The 11th measures just 36 metres. Nominally Index 8, any hole that is referred to as "'Doom and Gloom" by the locals must be respected. Two cavernous grass bunkers short of the green leave little margin for error.

If one wishes to score around Claycastle, holes 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 generally need to be exploited. They offer good birdie opportunities. Sometimes, it's about building a score through these holes and hanging on elsewhere.

 

Having proved its worth as a big championship venue when John Walsh won the 2011 Munster Matchplay, Claycastle will for the first time (in June 2012) host the National Matchplay Championships. Everyone in Claycastle is hugely looking forward to this landmark event. Claycastle may boast some of the main protagonists. Anthony O'Loughlin won the All Ireland Strokeplay championship last year and he'll be joined by fellow Claycastle member Paudie O'Sullivan. Paudie and Anthony were key members of Cork's all-conquering Inter-County team in 2010.


Course address is:
Youghal
Co. Cork


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