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 - RGSC, Ireland.

Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland Club of the Year Award is not something that’s won easily. R.G.S.C. (It stands for Roadstone Group Social Club) achieved that distinction in 2006 and any visit to the club will demonstrate that the members worked hard to attain it.

The imposing entrance on Kingswood Avenue demonstrates a club of substance. R.G.S.C. boasts some 120 members – one of the biggest in Dublin. The members are active at all levels of Pitch and Putt in Dublin and across Ireland. There’s a generous car park – one of the biggest on the Irish Pitch and Putt circuit. The Pitch and Putt course is located at the back of a large pavilion.

The course is undoubtedly a thing of beauty. Small immaculate greens featuring many slopes and undulations require touches of putting artistry. The hole distances mix the long and the short affording ample opportunity to open the shoulders. Many large trees on the course come into play and the meandering streams have often claimed a ball or two.

Cunning design has overcome some loss of land to road network development around Ireland’s capital. Immediately, there’s water to be carried off the first tee and water comes into play on several of the other holes. The eighteenth hole may be relatively short but there are bunkers to be avoided front and back of the green. The fearsome 17th demands a long teeshot to a very narrow green. It was a superb pitch to within inches at this hole that secured Ray Murphy’s “double double” in the Irish Strokeplay this summer.


RGSC Pitch and Putt course.

Former PPUI President John Smith is part of the working group (dubbed “The Chain Gang”) that maintains the course in pristine condition all year round. Former PPUI Secretary Peg Smith (John’s wife) is 2007 Lady Captain – during one of the most significant years in the club’s proud history. The National Men’s Strokeplay was played here in August. Previously, R.G.S.C. hosted the National Ladies Strokeplay (2002) and the National Mixed Team Event (1999) at their new course. The club moved to the current site, adjoining the busy N7, main artery from Dublin to the south in the early 1990s. That was when R.G.S.C. were forced to leave their previous and also very beautiful course on the Belgard Road. League of Ireland soccer player of past decades, Derek Carroll is a wise and articulate Club Chairman.

The Club runs competitions all year round and the club is buzzing Friday through Sunday each week. R.G.S.C. welcomes visitors and societies. Expert coaching is available for novices and juveniles.
A recent addition is the Kevin Blackburn monument beside the clubhouse. This is a testimony to the camaraderie of the club. The former Competitions Secretary, who died a couple of years ago, gave so much of his time to the R.G.S.C. The monument and a popular Scramble that will bear his name mean that he will never be forgotten.


As one passes through the pavilion to get to the course, one can see the first class facilities for indoor football, bowls and basketball. So good are the amenities that Irish international basketball side train here. The clubhouse features bars, function rooms (home to many a rollicking Cabaret over the years) and a restaurant, where the carvery lunch is particularly popular at weekends. There are also Snooker rooms for adults and children.
Annual Membership costs just €90 for an individual and €120 for a couple.
Contact R.G.S.C. at Phone - + 353 1 4592635 E-Mail:marisec@eircom.net.


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