The Lakewood club at Barngore, Ovens, Co. Cork was founded in 1973. Members and visitors can enjoy the magnificent facilities, which include a modern club house, changing rooms and a national championship grade pitch and putt course.
A Pitch and Putt course was under consideration by John A. Wood (a hugely successful sand, gravel and quarrying business) Sports and Social club as early as 1970. In that year the club received a site from the John A. Wood Ltd company to develop into a sports area for the use of employees, and it was decided to put the wheels in motion towards building a 9 hole pitch and putt course.
In September 1971, the then president of the P.P.U.I. Pat Dalton of Limerick was contacted, and this meeting led to the design of the Lakewood layout.
In 1975, the course was extended to 18 holes and immediately the club began to prosper. Many improvements have been made over the years, including a watering system and the renovation of the clubhouse to provide better facilities and an upstairs view of the course.
The second hole is a mere 'flick' at 24 metres but a big grass mound in front of a small green make for a tricky assignment. Bushes, trees and verdant hillocks form the hazards at the 49 metre 4th hole. The fifth green has been reshaped now but the original triangular design caused much mayhem to scorecards down the decades! The 27 metre pitch on 15 must find a green that slopes sharply from right to left. The 16th plays 38 metres downhill over a grass bank to a rectangular green. The uphill 17th seems to play longer than its 55 metres to a green shaded by a hedge.
The memorial seat adjacent to the third tee honours Lakewood legends of the past that are no longer with us, such as Dan Conway (RIP).
Lakewood has produced many outstanding players and administrators over the years and has successfuly hosted most of the major Irish championships.