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 - Royal Meath, Ireland.

The county of Meath is called Ireland's Royal County because the ancient kings of Ireland lived within its confines at Tara.

To Paddy Fox goes to the credit for the establishment of Royal Meath Pitch and Putt club in 1962. Paddy and local publican Sean McWilliam negotiated the rent of five acres of land behind a shop in the centre of Clonee in south Co. Meath from its owner Harry Kenny. The rent was set at 80 per year. The course was designed by then PPUI President Jimmy Vaughan, assisted by Paddy Fox and Ciaran Kelly. There was much debate about the club's name with many favouring the more prosaic Clonee Pitch and Putt club. Thankfully, the idealists prevailed and one of Ireland's most distinctive club names was born.

The original clubhouse was formerly the local cinema. Voluntary work was very much the theme of the early years. The land was poorly drained in places (that's long since been rectified) and the members travelled every Easter Monday to Portmarnock beach for a lorry load of sand to maintain the bunkers. Royal Meath purchased the land from Harry Kenny in 1971 and the spacious clubhouse was completed in 1975.


Royal Meath Pitch and Putt course.

Very few courses in Ireland boast the distinction of having hosted all of the PPUI national majors. The National Gent's Strokeplay championships of 2005 completed the set for Royal Meath, the climax of a journey that commenced with the Inter-County championships of 1969. Royal Meath was also the venue for the 1995 renewal of the Ireland v. Australia international series of the 1990s. The course has long been recognised as one of the best in Europe.

The Royal Meath course, the original layout having changed little down the decades, boasts many wonderful holes. The fifth presents a tough pitching examination with Out of Bounds lurking just a few metres behind the green. The sixth is the longest hole at Royal Meath and plays almost to the maximum distance. A ditch behind the green is but one of the posers that this hole presents.


The tiny seventh green has broken many hearts over the years. With a raised green (originally built from the rubble from founder member Paddy Phelan's new house!) this 25 metre teaser has delivered many a card wrecking double bogey!
On the homeward run players must run the gauntlet of the narrow 13th green ringed by sand before facing one of Royal Meath's signature holes - the 51 metre downhill 15th, which is played from the clubhouse area. Another beautiful hole is the uphill 18th where a teeshot over the gaping front bunker will leave a putt across the sloping green.

One of the most influential of the P.P.U.I.'s Presidents, Billy Lynch is perhaps Royal Meath's most famous member. An avowed supporter of latter day international Pitch and Putt, Billy is devoted to Royal Meath (Ireland's eighth largest club in membership terms) and is regularly to be seen there tending to the fairways and greens that have seen much drama in their time.

Modern Clonee is nothing like the sleepy village of Paddy Fox's heyday. Now almost a suburb of Ireland's capital, Dublin, the construction boom of contemporary Ireland has changed the skyline forever. The busy, bustling N3 highway lies but a hundred metres to the east. Royal Meath Pitch and Putt club remains a constant and the membership will, in four short years, hail half a century of our sport in Clonee.



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