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 - Collinstown, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Nestled in a splendid sylvan setting on the shores of fishing mecca, Lough Lene, lies the host venue for the 2011 Irish National Matchplay championship finals. Collinstown is small rural hamlet situated between the towns of Athlone in the Irish midlands and Navan in the north east. The local St. Mary's Pitch and Putt club will become the focus of the sport's community next June

Collinstown Pitch and Putt club was founded in 1971 and affiliated to PPUI in 1975. The club hosted the 1977 National Ladies Matchplay championship, quite a feat for a fledgling operation.

Collinstown is the home club of international Pitch and Putt's most successful campaigner, Alan Hanlon. Hanlon played on the Ireland team that won the 2005 European Team championship in Holland. Another Collinstown legend is PPUI NEC Member Paddy Browne, who is the most honoured international team manager in Pitch and Putt history.



Collinstown is a short course, even by Irish Pitch and Putt standards. It features eighteen small raised greens and a quirky 27 metre 17th. The strong midlands breezes and tough chipping can make par a tricky objective.

The statistically toughest hole arrives early in the round. The 64 metre second plays into the prevailing wind. A cavernous bunker protects the front of the green. The green is also raised quite high on the left hand side with the green encouraging the ball to fall off on that side. The place to be, if your are to miss this green, is the right hand side as a the chip from that position is not difficult. The green itself is mainly flat in the centre but slopes dramatically off the left hand side. A par is a very satisfying result on this hole but many a double bogey has been recorded on it by the best of players.

The 60 metre 4th boasts a very challenging green. The left to right slope makes stopping the pitch a difficult equation and putting is not easy, particularly when the surfaces are fast.


The uphill camber of the 11th makes the Index 2 hole play slightly longer than it appears. Pitching left of the green is not advised as the result is a lightning fast downhill chip.

Collinstown's signature hole is the 63 metre 15th. Although it's Index 4, it's the hole that most visitors remember, as they may have recorded anything from a birdie to six or more. A huge tree blocks the straight line route to the green from the tee. The ideal pitch flies high to clear the tree. A ball striking the tree could end up in all sorts of trouble, bunkered or, worse still, short of the tree with the obstacle to be tackled once more on the second shot. A 1.5 metre drop over the back of the green adds to the hole's appeal and complexity.

The visitors to Collinstown for the Irish Matchplay next June will undoubtedly find Collinstown a course to savour. After successful stagings of the 1996 Inter-County weekend, the 2001 Leinster Inter-County and the 2010 provincial Matchplays, Collinstown has proved its calibre as a championship site par excellence.

Thanks to Collinstown Webmaster John Browne for his expert assistance.


Course address is:
St. Mary's Pitch and Putt club
Castlepollard Road
Collinstown
Co. Westmeath

Card of the Collinstown course
 

Hole Metres Hole Metres
1 38 10 40
2 64 11 69
3 61 12 60
4 60 13 54
5 38 14 50
6 31 15 63
7 47 16 42
8 34 17 27
9 60 18 47
Out 433 In 452

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