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 - Seapoint, Co. Louth, Ireland

A 'links Pitch and Putt course' refers to the type of soil and terrain on which it is built. Less than 5% of the Pitch and Putt courses in Ireland are true links courses, A Links is any rough grassy area between the sea and the land and the word itself is derived form the Anglo-Saxon word 'hlinc', of about 931 AD, meaning a ridge.

True links soil is sandy and because of the lack of moisture, the grass tends to have short blades with long roots. The grass in the rough is often the wispy long grass which makes play very difficult even in a good lie. Links courses drain well and provide a very firm surface all year round.

Sand dunes and a lovely beach surround Seapoint, a links Pitch and Putt course located near Baltray Golf Club (the famous Co. Louth golf links, host annually to the Golfing Union of Ireland East of Ireland championship).

When the wind blows around Seapoint, par can be a very good score as holding the greens, particularly downwind, can be next to impossible. The greens themselves are invariably fast.



Work on the course started in 1948. The course developed over the next 4 years and was first affiliated in 1952. The first Gents and Lady Captains were husband and wife team, Paddy and Betty Rafferty. Ever since Seapoint has prided itself on a family atmosphere, which still exists to this day.

It is interesting to note that in the early years, Seapoint could boast of such active playing members as the legendary Philomena Garvey, the then Irish Ladies Golf champion and Kevin Garvey (her brother), the former East of Ireland Golf champion.

Numerous Leinster and All Ireland Champions have come out of the club over the years and even a number of international players - Sean Breen and Pat Greene and the late Terry Hanratty (RIP) and Francis Leech (RIP) - who have represented club and country as far away as Australia


There are many outstanding holes at Seapoint. The most famous might be Pat Greene's 1994 creation, the 16th (pictured above). A medium length pitch is required to a green set into the dunes and ringed by bunkers.

Seapoint's first "clubhouse" was a bus, originally the property of Northern Railways. The beautiful modern clubhouse was officlally opened in 1994, the year Seapoint first hosted the Inter-County championship. In the years before that, the club had completed the purchase of the land on which the course stood and installed an automatic watering system.

Since then, Seapoint has hosted the National Strokeplay championship, the Irish Matchplay championship twice and the Inter-County again in 2002.

Club personalities include Tommy Murphy, the 10th President of the PPUI along with international player and manager, Sean Breen.

Situate just thirty minutes from Dublin Airport via the M1 Motorway, any visit to Seapoint is a memorable experience.


Course address is:
Termonfeckin
Co. Louth


The Seapoint website can be found here...


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