Back in 1968, a small group of like minded enthusiasts met in a pub snug in Co.Westmeath. Pub proprietor Martin Moran became the first Chairman of Kilbeggan Pitch and Putt Club. A local family (the Marshalls) supplied a piece of land at "The Lawn".
"The Lawn", situated on the banks of the River Brosna, is now home to one of the best courses in Leinster, which has hosted provincial championships since 1974, most recently the 2017 Juvenile Strokeplays. The opening hole is a relatively easy assignment. The teeshot must find a raised sloping green situated 38 metres away over a little grassy bank. The Index 3 second plays uphill away from the river. Players are generally happy with par here, particularly if they miss the green left, which leaves an awkward uphill chip.
The 31 metre 6th will present an Index 18 birdie opportunity to the established exponent. A pitch over the back of the green may confront the player with a tricky downhill chip. The Index One 7th often plays into the wind. The hole can seem longer than the 62 metres suggested by the card. A large bunker guards the front while the green falls away at the back.
The Index 2 13th plays uphill to a green hidden from the tee by a large grass bank. The green slopes from back left to bottom right, making chipping from over the green really tricky! Out of Bounds left may unnerve on the 50 metre closing hole, which generally plays into the prevailing wind. Putts on the large green may look straight but invariably they're not!
Kilbeggan has produced many fine exponents of our sport over the years as well as some top administrators.