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 - Cloghogue, Ireland.

Cloghogue is one of the best courses in Ireland. It is also totemic and symbolic, sited as it is, less than ten kilometres across the border in the Northern Ireland. The club and course reinforce the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland's claim to be a thirty-two county organisation, one of the few such sporting organisations in the Emerald Isle.

The year was 1967. The patch of� land to the rear of the Sacred Heart Church and parochial house in Cloghogue was lying idle. Intrepid local curate, the late Rev. Henry Devlin, decided to put it to good use. The land was rough and hilly, covered with whins, bracken and stone, but it commanded magnificent views of the surrounding area, overlooking the town of Newry to the north, as far as the Mourne mountains to the east and the Cooley peninsula to the south.

Over the years, dedicated club members, volunteers all, transformed the barren land into a Pitch and Putt masterpiece, revered by all who are privileged to visit. Successive Cloghogue committees and loyal members have furthered the Pitch and Putt cause. This they royally achieved, in defiance of the twin difficult circumstances of the Northern Ireland Troubles of the modern era along with the huge distances they had to travel to compete at events in southern Ireland.

Perhaps the most famous Cloghogue member is Marina O'Rourke, Irish ladies champion in 1997 and 2000. Paul O'Hagan and Conor O'Hare have represented Ireland, Paul claiming the distinction of securing Ireland's winning point in the historic inaugural international challenge against Catalonia at Solius in 1997.

Cloghogue has six times hosted Irish championships - the Inter-County championships of 1970, 1982, 1992 and 2009, the National Matchplay in 1995 and the 1999 National Mixed Foursomes. Current Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland President Frank Smith helped Dublin to the 1970 Inter-County championship at Cloghogue.

Cloghogue boasts a Pitch and Putt rarity. There are some blind holes. Contoversial in some eyes they may be, but they definitely test the best. The 10th and 11th are completely blind from the tee. The first 40m of the 54 metre 11th fairway are flat, making it difficult to visualise the shot to the green and gauge the distance.� At 40m the fairway drops into a ravine where the green lies at the bottom, 10m below.� No other hazards surround the green other than the natural terrain of the banks.� Picking the right line is essential.�

Index 1 hole is the 8th.� Officially 68 metres it's he longest hole on the course and considered the longest in Irish Pitch and Putt, as this shot is all uphill and all carry.� The green has been flattened over the years but is blind to the tee-shot.� The only trouble is the large mound 3 metres short of the green on the left. That's apart from the length (and often the prevailing wind blows off Slieve Gullion into the player's face).

With a tee box view stretching over the town of Newry and the Mourne mountains, the 4th measures 51 metres and can be affected by the wind.� However the trees on the bank well short of green make the distance deceptive.� Recent changes have seen the green moved much closer to the bunker protecting its right hand side. In addition to the conventional hazards such as mounds, trees and bunkers, a graveyard could come into play on a couple of the back nine holes while the bell tower of the church is the line off the tee on another.

If you're ever in the north east of Ireland, do yourself a favour. Get along to play Cloghogue, at least once.

The Cloghogue Pitch and Putt club website can be found here...

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