COURSE of the MONTH

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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 - Verbier, Switzerland


Two hotel owners from Verbier made a trip to Belgium in the sixties. They learned about a Pitch and Putt course. They started to imagine the construction of such a course at home. The idea came at the right moment for Verbier was seeking to develop the area as a summer resort for tourists in addition to the winter.

Verbier (just over an hour from Geneva airport by motorway) boasts a very large green area in the middle of the village where, in winter, a ski-lift transfers amateur ski tourists on the top of the hill, permitting them to ski down and cut a stylish figure. This fine piece of ground could be said to recall Central Park in New York, as it is also surrounded by chalets (country cottages) and other buildings. From far away, this green oasis was easy to see. It was therefore on this ground on that it was decided to construct a Pitch and Putt course. In winter the course is effectively used as a ski slope for beginners.

To start the project, some enthusiastic golfers founded the Verbier club. The task of designing the course was given to the professional at Golf Club Montreux and an engineer. Together they designed the Pitch and Putt course "Les Moulins".



Players from Verbier quickly became known in the golf world, as players from this club, won several championships and the prestigious Interclub tournament.

Club President Mr Cedric Portier explains that the club combines Pay and play and season tickets. About 10,000 players play on the course annually during the season (from the middle of May to October). Visiting players come mainly from Belgium and from Italy, Great Britain, France and Scandinavia.



An average of 25 tournaments are played annually on the course, typically involving an range of 40 to 120 participants. In Mr. Portier's view all of the holes have their own difficulties but he considers the 17th hole particularly tricky. This year all the tees will be replaced and all the bunkers will be renewed.

Verbier's purpose in affiliating to the Swiss Pitch and Putt Association is twofold. The Board of the Verbier club estimates that P&P Les Moulins and its very interesting and attractive course deserve it to be associated to SPPA and it wishes to organize international tournaments (like the Swiss International Seniors Open).




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