Course of the Month

March 2013

Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, Ireland Ireland

Rosscarbery Pitch and Putt club boasts not one but two 18 hole links courses. Beautifully situated on the shores of Rosscarbery Bay, the area comprises a unique selection of Pitch and Putt holes amid the sand dunes.

Rosscarbery Pitch and Putt Club was founded in 1982. The Cregane (Red) course was the first to be developed. The land was rented from Cork Co. Council on the sand dunes at the Warren strand. When handed over to the club the land was a wilderness with Marran grasses and ferns growing up to 6 feet tall. The course was designed by the late Paddy Dalton, from Castletroy in Co.Limerick. Paddy, who designed many courses around the country, was assisted here by Edward Fitzsimons (also from Limerick), who happened to have Rosscarbery connections.The greens were constructed by a professional landscape gardener - Pat McCarthy from Glandore. The development was funded by selling 5-year memberships together with a large amount of voluntary labour, machinery and materials from members of Rosscarbery community.

The original course was officially opened in 1984 by the then President of the P.P.U.I. Mr. Liam Houlihan. Membership grew steadily over the following years as did the number of tourists and holiday members, thus the need for a second course arose. Again the Cork Co.Council agreed an extension to the land originally leased, so the Channel (Yellow) course was developed. Also at that time the Co Council agreed to lease the bungalow by the strand for use as a clubhouse.

The Red course features massive pitches to large greens. Former Irish champion Bryan Delaney holds the course record (-10) on the Red course. That was achieved in the Cork Strokeplay some years ago. The Yellow course is characterised by smaller greens. Stand out hole is probably the 13th, which plays 70 metres into the prevailing wind.

Today the club and courses are a very important part of life in Rosscarbery and beyond. The courses are ranked in the Top 10 courses in Ireland. In the early nineties two hard surface tennis courts were built adjoining the Pitch and Putt courses. The club has a healthy membership who play in weekly competitions all year round with a section devoted to juvenile members.

Approximately 12,000 green fee rounds are played annually by visitors from all over Ireland, the British Isles, Europe and USA. This amenity is of huge financial value to the general West Cork area through the volume of foreign visitors. The club is run nowadays by an elected Committee of its members. Club aim is to maintain the quality of the courses and to increase the volume of tourists by further marketing. The clubhouse is open full time from June 1st to the end of September for club-hire and green fees.

Course address is:
The Warren Strand
Co. Cork
Phone: 023 8848188