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 - Centenary Park, London, United Kingdom.


Centenary Park Pitch and Putt Course is situated in the London Borough of Harrow, on the North West fringe of The Greater London Area, 5 km from Wembley Stadium.
Within Centenary Park itself, the course is owned by The London Borough of Harrow and leased to 'Golf wise'.

The name 'Centenary Park' comes from the fact that in 1935 the then Harrow Urban District Council (HUDC) converted a number of allotments (smallholdings) into parkland to celebrate 100 years of the passing of the local Government act of 1835.

Within two years the 'miniature golf' course was built, making Centenary Park (C.P.) one of the oldest original purpose built P&P courses in the World.

One of the immediate first impressions when arriving at C.P. is the abundance of beautifully varied, and thoughtfully laid out trees. A delight to arborialists, and a 'challenge' to players! Operated for many years as a local recreation facility for casual players, C.P. really 'took off' when the late, great, Willie Parker (R.I.P.) was appointed Manager of the course in 1997. The following year Willie Parker and the Author formed the Centenary Park Pitch and Putt Club.


Centenary Park

A Memorial Giant Redwood Tree, next to the 9th tee, planted by the Mayor of Harrow in 2005, celebrates the life and work of Willie Parker. The nine-hole course starts with a very simple 45metre hole, then gradually gets more challenging. The final hole is 90m over a line of trees, culminating in the green, which is guarded by an Oak tree, approximately 30metres tall! This hole has never been 'Aced' in competition, and only in apocryphal tales, without confirmation! (All the other holes have been so, many times over).

The distances to each hole are as follows:
(1) 45 m.; (2) 47m.; (3) 74m.; (4) 54m.; (5) 40m.; (6) 73m.;  (7) 89.5m.; (8) 85m.; (9) 90m.

The current competition course record holder, for 18 holes (2 rounds), is Robert Penzes, previously BPPA Champion, with 44 strokes (10 under par). Centenary Park Pitch and Putt Club (CPPC) are the resident club, registered with the B.P.P.A. (of which CPPPC was a founder member).


Centenary Park

According to Willie Parker, who was an enthusiastic historian of P&P, the first ever purpose built, P&P course was opened at Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1929. However, there are many accounts of short, 'Kolf' courses being made within churchyards in the 17century, to avoid breaking the law forbidding games on a Sunday, except within Church boundaries!


Willie Parker Memorial

The current Hon. Secretary of CPPPC (and also BPPA) is Mrs. Pat Jackson, available on 020 8868 5683. Darragh Mooney can be telephoned at the course on  020 8907 5544 All visitors will be afforded a warm welcome.


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