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 - Shandon, Ireland.

This month we feature one of the older Irish courses, Shandon, which was first opened in 1952.
Shandon Pitch and Putt course is located off Shandon Park, a mature northside residential area in Phibsborough, Dublin 7. It is an affiliated club of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland.  The beautiful mature parkland course sits in the shadow of the Dalymount Park (spiritual home of soccer in Ireland) floodlights. Shandon is but a fifteen minutes walk from O’Connell Street, the bustling hub of Ireland’s capital.

The Shandon Pitch and Putt Club was founded in 1955, having taken over from the original occupants, Alex Findlater & Co. (a wine merchants), who had laid out the first nine holes in 1952. The Shandon membership soon extended the course to 18 holes, and many Championships at county, provincial and national level have been played there. The Club boasts 18 first class greens on a layout that is accepted as being of superior championship quality, along with 9 secondary greens, its own 100 feet arterial well which provides for automatic watering of greens with a Toro automatic Green Watering system. The club has hosted most of the National Championship Finals in the P.P.U.I. and is generally considered to be one of the best courses in Ireland. The unique design sites the car park and clubhouse in the centre with the first nine to east and the back nine to the west.

The present Clubhouse was built in 1974, after fire destroyed the original wooden ‘Tennis’ type Pavilion, which had been constructed by the landlord’s Shandon Sports Club in the mid thirties. The old Pavilion was a sad loss, as its well sprung maple floor had proved most suitable for Table Tennis and Dances.


Shandon, boasting one of the largest memberships in Ireland, has been to the fore of the development of the game, with members having been Officers at all levels of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland administration since its formation in 1960 and the Club is justly proud of the expertise, efforts and enthusiasm of its personnel who have done so much for the game of Pitch and Putt.  In particular, take a bow Joe Leahy (National Secretary of the P.P.U.I. for fifteen years in the seventies and eighties) and Eamonn Birchall, the first P.P.U.I. President to serve a three year term (1977 – 1979).

The same Eamonn Birchall has been involved at the club, man and boy, for 54 years. “Shandon means a lot to me”, attests the genial Eamonn, currently Club President, a role he mixes with that of Office Administrator at the P.P.U.I.’s Central Office in Parkwest. “It is a friendly club, a family club, a community club and above all a successful club that espouses the spirit of all that is good in Pitch and Putt.”

Shandon members have won nineteen Irish championships in the club’s rich history. Some of the true legends of the game have worn the Shandon blue. Sean Harkins jointly holds the all-time record of three Irish Men’s Matchplay titles. The late Teresa McGuigan won seven national ladies titles between 1962 and 1976 while for a few years during the late seventies and early eighties, Mildred Doyle-Murray was the player to beat on the ladies scene.



(special thanks to John Manning for the information provided for this article)


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