Course of the Month

June 2022

Castleisland, Ireland Ireland

Historic Castleisland is a town of some 2,500 souls in Co. Kerry, Ireland. Castleisland is famed for the width of its main street.

Castleisland Pitch and Putt club (formed in 1966) is situated at Tonbwee, on the south western end of the town.

It is a spectacular course, that played host to the Irish Strokeplay championship in 1970.

The Pitch and Putt club's modern clubhouse also features Castleisland Snooker Club. Two tennis courts adjoin the Pitch and Putt club, which is located just a five minute walk from the town centre.

The course was built on land which belonged to the W.H. O’Connor family and which had been used as a base for the Board of Works during its huge dredging operation (in the 1960s) on the nearby River Maine (and its tributaries), from the source outside Castleisland to the sea in Castlemaine Bay.

The scenic course was the first in Co. Kerry and for years was deemed the longest in the province of Munster. Tall trees line some of the fairways making a natural amphitheatre of those holes. The 14th hole (Index 10) is more open, playing 55 metres to a small green. The Index 13 2nd hole calls for a 37 metre pitch over a grass bank to a relatively generous green.

The 8th is considered the most difficult hole on the course while No. 15 is rated the most straightforward. Club member Tony Broderick set the course record of 39 (20+19) in 2004.

Beautifully landscaped and maintained, the course was officially opened in May 1966 by the then President of Pitch and Putt Ireland, William Somers, who had also designed the course.