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 - Portmarnock, Dublin, Ireland.

Portmarnock was looking a picture for the 2006 Irish Ladies Strokeplay championships but then it has been one of Ireland’s foremost Pitch and Putt courses for upwards of 40 years. Margaret Hogan conquered the north Co. Dublin links in July to win her fourth title. Portmarnock has hosted comparatively few Irish championships but each one has been brimming with drama, befitting the beautiful seaside setting, just a short distance from the world renowned Portmarnock Golf Club.
The Portmarnock Inter-County championship of 1975 was the second of Cork’s historic four in row. David Hayden survived a play-off to win the 1987 Irish Strokeplay crown – the first of three majors in three years for the Dublin legend. Portmarnock’s own Sheelagh Elmes completed her set of Irish Ladies Strokeplay/Matchplay titles when she won the Strokeplay on home soil in 1994.

Portmarnock Pitch and Putt club was formed in 1953. In the early years, the members played on a commercial course just a stone’s throw from the present layout. The members purchased land from the O’Reilly family (it had been used for grazing) and the present course was designed and constructed during 1962 and 1963. Over the years, players have come from far and wide to experience the lightning fast greens and try to avoid the cavernous bunkers. The annual Portmarnock Open is popular with visitors from across Ireland. Can there be a more difficult stretch than the last five at Portmarnock when the wind is blowing in from the sea?

Many famous players have represented Portmarnock in the last half century – perhaps none more famous than the celebrated triumvirate of Rogers brothers – Kevin, Seamus and Bernard who between them won a total of eight Irish championships. The Rogers dynasty still contributes richly to the Pitch and Putt scene. Darragh Rogers, son of Seamus, helped Dublin to second spot in the recent Irish Juvenile Inter-County championship. Bridie Stenson, sister of the triumvirate, won Inter-County titles with Dublin ladies. Portmarnock has delivered many able administrators to the structure of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland. The likes of Michael Boland and Christy McDermott are commended for their judicious contributions and lengthy terms of service. The course is a fabulous amenity for the citizens of one of Dublin’s most fashionable residential areas. The wonderful linksland soil renders it playable all year round. It’s not a coincidence that Portmarnock has consistently remained amongst the top ten in the country for membership levels. Modern day heroine around Portmarnock is ten-time Irish ladies champion Geraldine Ward. Every award the sport has to offer has come Geraldine’s way. Her career has coincided with the international era and Geraldine has been an inspiring captain of the Ireland ladies teams. Portmarnock has not been without its troubles. A fire wrecked the original clubhouse in the early nineties. From adversity grew the magnificent edifice that looks down on the 18th green today. It has seen much drama and will undoubtedly witness much more as our Course of the Month continues to host the best of club, county, provincial and national action.


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