Course of the Month

March 2016

Seapoint, Ireland Ireland

Seapoint is one of the oldest Pitch and Putt courses on Ireland's eastern seaboard.  A wonderful natural links near the village of Termonfeckin, Seapoint has hosted many Irish championships and events.  It played host to the National Matchplay championships in 2016, the third time since the twinning that these championships have been played at Seapoint. 

Green fees are just €6 euros per day, and are accepted when there are no competitions in progress. One may contact the club to establish availability on 041-9881315.

Set up in 1952, the club has evolved to become one of the country's premier courses. With excellent club facilities there is always a welcome for groups, green fees and members alike.

Work began on the course back in 1948 and four years later it was affiliated to the PPUI. Seapoint prides itself on a family atmosphere which maintains the attitude of the founding fathers of the club. Seapoint has produced numerous Leinster and All Ireland champions along with a number of international players, who have represented club and country as far away as Australia. 

Seapoint course is located on the coast outside Termonfeckin village. One can only gain access the course by turning right opposite the Waterside Inn in Termonfeckin village, continuing on to the end of the road.  There is a car park on the left which is used for club parking. To get to the course turn left after the car park and walk along the road between the bungalows at the end of the road.  On the right there is a beach path to the club.

The course plays mostly straight out on the first nine and straight in on the back nine.  The wind direction can be hugely significant. The 55 metres 6th is ranked most difficult on the course.  The player must pitch over a valley on to a sloping green set on a hill.  A tee shot finishing short or right of the green will leave a tricky downhill chip.  A deep bunker awaits behind the green while there is another left of the target.  The 3rd can prove a difficult hole as the bottom of the pin is not visible from the tee box which is set below the green.  There are bunkers left and right of the large, flat green.  The pitch on this 47 metre hole must carry a long, narrow bank.

The 55 metre 10th begins the very dangerous second nine.  The 55 metre tee shot is played from above the target.  The green itself is long and narrow and is guarded by yawning bunkers front and left.  Downwind, it can prove really difficult to hold this sloping green, which can play one of the most difficult holes on the championship rota.  The closing three holes at Seapoint are reckoned by many to be as tricky a closing triumvirate of holes around.

The Index 59 metre 16th is the newest hole on the course but is considered Seapoint's signature hole. A pitch is required across a valley to a tiny, raised green guarded front and left by bunkers.  Jungle rough lurks over the back of and right of the green.  Anything short will fall foul of the sand or a slope that could cost the player up to 10 metres.  The elevated teebox on the 60 metre 17th affords a view of the Irish Sea across the dunes.  Three putts are eminently possible on the huge, undulating green.  The 63 metre 18th (Seapoint's longest) has witnessed much drama over the years.  The green lies just a couple of metres from the imposing clubhouse and is flanked by two of the largest bunkers on the course.  A little mound will defend any teeshot heading right of the green while there's an Out of Bounds fence not far over the back.