Course of the Month

December 2016

Loughlinstown, Ireland Ireland

The land on which Loughlinstown Pitch and Putt club stands was once a civic refuse facility (yes, a dump!).  In 1969, a few residents of the area cut a few greens on the land.  They were joined by a group of enthusiasts who had been playing Pitch and Putt on a public course (called The Abbey) in nearby Bray.  Loughlinstown Pitch and Putt club was born.  A clubhouse was completed in 1976.  The Shanganagh River and the bustling N11 roadway frame this narrow but fine south Co. Dublin course.

The 50 metre fourth is one of Loughlinstown's toughest.  There's a bunker in front and the green is sloped at the sides and back. Pitch the down slope at the back and you could be left with a 15 metre chip back to the green.  The 52 metre fifth requires a pitch from an elevated tee over a grass mound to a narrow green.  Pitch short and risk the mound.  Pitch long and there's a tough chip back.  The next is Index One.  It plays 62 metre uphill to a relatively generous green. The green falls away to the right and out of bounds looms. The green slopes from left to right and back to front, and an aggressive putt can run right off the green.

The river is very much in the player's mind on the 10th and 11th holes.  The shallow green is a really tricky target at the 62 metre 13th, one of Loughlistown's longest holes.  The fifteenth has one of the original greens from 1969 and so 15 is considered one of  Loughlinstown's signature holes. A 58 metre tee shot is required to find a large green protected by a mound at the front and a grass bunker to the right. Many a good round has come to grief at the 50 metre closing hole.   Only a pinpoint tee shot will find and stay on a raised green with sloping sides all round.  This hole can be really difficult in dry conditions. Depending on the pin position, there's no guarantee a chip will even stay on the green! 

Even though small in membership number terms, Loughlinstown has produced some wonderful players and teams over the years.  It is considered one Dublin's top clubs.