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 - Stackallen, Ireland.

Deep in the lush Co. Meath countryside, roughly halfway between the provincial towns of Drogheda and Navan, lies a parkland Pitch and Putt gem. Stackallenís mature course, with its superbly manicured fairways and greens, sits just a few kilometres from historic Slane Castle, host to many headline rock acts over the years. Majestically framed by tall trees and trim hedgerows, Stackallen has been bewitching visitors for upwards of forty years. Stackallenís rural idyll belies its situation just 50 kilometres from downtown Dublin (Irelandís capital). It will attract huge galleries when the 2007 Irish Matchplay finals are played at Stackallen.

Stackallen started life in 1951 as a tennis club when some locals rented land from the Crinion family and laid out two courts. In 1963, the old McKeever Estate was taken over by the Irish Land Commission. Stackallen rented seven acres from the Land Commission and built the Pitch and Putt course. In 1967, the club availed of the opportunity to purchase the land for £700!


Stackallen Pitch and Putt course.

The layout of the Pitch and Putt course has changed very little since 1967. The club now boasts six tennis courts. Stackallen Tennis and Pitch and Putt club has 300 members who hail from a wide catchment area, ranging from Navan, Dunshaughlin, Slane, Drogheda and Ardee.
Sean Downes is perhaps Stackallenís most famous son. Downes has won five Irish titles. He is now Club Chairman (as well as being Vice President of the PPUI) but his game remains as good as ever. Sean will represent Ireland in the 2007 European team championship in Chia, Sardinia.
Downes holds the course record with a thirteen under par 41. The local legend compiled this score in 1992, the year he won his first Irish Matchplay title. The round featured two aces in a three hole stretch, at the 10th and 12th.


Stackallen first hosted an Irish championship in 1974 when Royal Meathís Maureen Rusk clinched the Ladies Strokeplay. Ten years later, Pauline Gleeson of Royal Meath won her Ladies Strokeplay crown around Stackallen with 103. Fermoyís John Cahill covered Stackallen in 140 to take the 2001 Irish Menís Strokeplay while Meath pairing Ian Farrelly (recent winner of the International Open at La Grande Motte) and Ann Hall were victorious in the 2003 Irish Mixed Foursomes at Stackallen. Every time, Stackallen has been a true championship test. Not for them the heavily watered greens, which turn some tournaments into putting tests. Stackallen calls for something different Ė the ability to think out and manufacture shots and the events prospered as a result.

The first nine are mostly played away from the clubhouse up a gentle incline. At the top of the hill, the course turns for home and the back nine is played mostly downhill. It is generally accepted that the homeward run plays a couple of shots more difficult. The 70 metre Index 1 4th plays uphill all the way with both bunkers very much in play. Anywhere on the green above the hole leaves a devilish putt. The 18th, although measuring just 48 metres, is a very difficult assignment with trouble all around. Thereís a yawning bunker short right, a tree on the left edge of the green and a big fall over the back.

Round over, players always enjoy visiting the large hospitable clubhouse. Many a tale and many a joke have been shared in the bar over the years.


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