Course of the Month

September 2015

Lakeside, Ireland Ireland

Templemore (An Teampall Mór, meaning The Big Church, in Irish) is a town lying in the shadow of the western slopes of Devil's Bit Mountain in County Tipperary. Since February 1964, the town has been the site of the Garda Síochána College, the centre for training Ireland's police force.

Lakeside Pitch and Putt club was founded in 1965 and celebrated its 50th Anniversary on 12th July 2015. It is located in the Town Park in Templemore.

Templemore Town Park is located close to the centre of the town and as well as Lakeside Pitch and Putt club has a well-equipped children's playground, a beautiful lake for fishing, picnic tables and walking areas. The park was purpose built by and planted by the Carden Family over two centuries ago and the mature woodlands, now feature some beautiful walks, a haven of peace and serenity within the town. Another focus of attention has to be the man-made lake (7.5 acres), a paradise to suit the most discerning coarse fisherman. Amply stocked with pike, roach, perch and tench, yet only 100 metres to the Town Centre. Long legged heron can be seen nesting in the upper region of the lake, despite the proximity to the urban area. Swans, mallard, coots and water-hens make their homes on this beautiful creation, while some migrating birds such as the Canadian or Brent Goose are regular visitors.

About 1200 AD, a large Abbey was built in Templemore, the remains of which are still to be seen overlooking Lakeside Pitch and Putt club's 18th green.

The gentle opening hole, 47 metres Index 16 is named “Charlie’s Dream”, in honour of Lakeside founder Charlie O’Brien.  A really tough hole – the 4th 47 Index 2 “The Conqueror” is immediately followed by the relatively benign 47 metre 5th, which is termed “Lakeside View”.  Lakeside’s signature hole is probably The Long Stretch 70 metres Index 1, which is played across a hill at the highest point of the course.
So called easiest hole on the course is No. 14 – “The Sprinter” at just 39 metres long.  “The Goalposts”, the 40 metres index 5 15th hole, pays homage to the adjoining JK Brackens GAA club.Lakeside’s iconic closing hole -The Graveyard 50 Index 8 18th, -is named for the Old Abbey Graveyard

The new impressive Lakeside Clubhouse also honours founder Charlie O’Brien whose vision and drive set the example for many dedicated club members that followed.

Lakeside has produced some wonderful players down the decades.

Lakeside has supplied two of the most diligent and long serving characters on the Pitch and Putt administrative scene – the husband and wife team of Myles and Helen McMorrow.