Old County, Ireland
The Old County club (Lorcan O'Toole Park, Crumlin, Dublin) is celebrating its 50th year of existence in 2016. In the 1960s, the club was founded in the County Bar on Old County Road by a group of Pitch and Putt enthusiasts who wished to form their own club and have their own course. Old County shares Lorcan O'Toole Park with a busy GAA ground.
The 52 metre second presents a tough pitch to an even tougher green. The target is elevated and slopes from left to right. Anything left, short or long will leave the player with a daunting chip. A short 28 metre teeshot to the large 8th green presents a good chance for a birdie. The green is guarded by a mound in front that rises at the back,
The 9th at 49 metres is the first of 2 difficult pitches in a row. A bunker and mounds in front of a green which slopes from right to left complete a difficult assignment. The green at the 52 metre 10th is receptive but that green is barely visible from the raised tee-box. One of the trickier greens to read, it is guarded by a large bunker at the front and left with a smaller sand trap front right, A number of mounds dotted around the green add to the problems presented.
The 16th at 66 metres is easily the most difficult hole on the course. This is a long pitch to an elevated green that's not fully visible from the tee-box. It is usually played into the wind. The green is hard and fast and well guarded by a large bunker at the front. A par is acceptable here. The 51 metre closing hole requires an accurate pitch to a flat elevated green that has a large mound behind. Another mound at the front makes the green look closer from the tee than it actually is. Anything wide left and you are in trouble with the boundary wall.
Old County is one of Ireland's most progressive and well-run clubs. The course has hosted many championships including the All Ireland Juvenile in 2005 and the All Ireland Seniors (over 55) in 2015. Old County has supplied some top-class players and a number of effective administrators during its long and proud history.