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 - Locarno, Switzerland

The public school of golf in Locarno (Ticino) is immersed in the green countryside of the town of Locarno, only a few metres away from the Lake Maggiore. The city and its well known neighbouring village Ascona are situated on the Lake Maggiore, which boasts its world famous Brissago isles wrapped in beautiful natural scenery.

Ticino is a Latin land: the Romans brought the vine to Ticino, and left important constructions (towns, bridges, and Alpine passes) behind them. After the Romans, many peoples tried to conquer Ticino because of its strategic location, and a number of battles were fought, until it became a Swiss canton in 1803. The culture and traditions of Ticino are the result of a combination of influences which make this canton unique.

In the heart of the Alps and Europe, Ticino gives a foretaste not only of the lands to the South, but also of the typical mountain landscapes. A land of natural contrasts, it allows you to experience, at first hand, a pairing that is hard to find anywhere else in winter: snow and palm trees.

What could be better backdrop for a Pitch & Putt course than Canton Ticino? The green of the valleys mixes with the green of course. The blue of the lakes and the sky mingle with the water obstacles creating a jubilant array of colours that makes this relaxing sport a pleasure for the senses.

In 1996, hotel resort Terreni alla Maggia built a Driving Range that was rented to qualified PGA professional Luciano Bernardini. During the years, Bernardini invested time and money and built 6 holes around the Driving Range. In 2005 he requested to be affiliated to SPPA and for this purpose, he built new Tee boxes for the Pitch and Putt course and added three new holes.

At present, the course provides complete facilities: 6-hole Golf course (1007m), 9-hole P&P course (596m), driving range (floodlit), 2 putting greens, a chipping green and a golf shop. It makes no difference whether you are a great champion or a beginner: the services and the experience offered will satisfy all your sporting needs.

In 2002 nephew Marco Bernardini was given responsibilities to manage the club. Marco participated in the 2007 European Team Championship in Sardinia and at the 2008 World Team Championship in Papendal. Holland. In 2007 and 2008 the Swiss Pitch and Putt Championship was organised on the Locarno course.

The course features many stand-out holes. The short third and the longer fourth call for tee shots to greens between high trees and large bushes while the fifth demandss a perfect pitch to a little green protected by a small but deep bunker. On the eighth the pitch is confronted by a large gaping bunker in front of the green and behind of it, is Out of Bounds!


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