Situated between the twin villages of Ballineen and Enniskeane in West Cork (some 40 kilometres from the city), Ballineen Pitch and Putt club dates from the 1960s.
Linked with the Ballineen and Enniskeane Development Asociation (BEDA), the course features two distinct layouts, the eastern nine and the western nine, which are divided by the car park and clubhouse.
The 47 metre second used to play along along the eastern boundary hedge but now measures 48 metres from its new teebox.
There’s a rocky hazard in front of 3rd green. Those boulder obstacles are a feature of a number of holes at Ballineen.
The 3rd and 4th holes play along the southern boundary fence. The 36 metre 4th teeshot has to carry deep front bunker. The 4th has the smallest and potentially the trickiest green in the course.
The 5th has small slightly sloping green. A tall tree has to be carried with the pitch.
The green at the long 6th hole is framed in front by two small trees and the bunker that’s well back from the small flat green.
The 7th and 8th pitches need to be deadly accurate through trees. The 7th also needs to carry a bunker to find the sloping gree,
Teeshots need to fly over a bush on the 10th.
The green on the 46 metre 11th is framed by palm trees over a wide front bunker
Palm trees abound at the 60 metre 15th.
The tricky 16th is Ballineen’s Signature Hole. Its tiny green is fronted by large stones, flower baskets and bushes.
Yet more boulders must be carried on the 17th.
The long 18th is played over a large bank in the middle of the fairway. It measures a daunting 70 metres.
Visitors may put their fees in the honesty box. Green Fees are a generous €6 for the day.