St. Bridget's, Co. Kildare, Ireland
St. Bridget's Pitch and Putt club in Kilcullen is the home course of World Ladies Strokeplay champion Chrissie Byrne. The course has produced many a fine player in its relatively brief existence. The course was established as recently as 1987. John Archbold, Brendan Walsh and Dan Byrne (father of Chrissie) were responsible for the design and layout of the original nine holes. The lands were kindly leased by local Cross and Passion Sisters to whom the club will be forever indebted.
A patch of swamp land was transformed to deliver a further nine holes and the 18 holes set up back in the eighties survive virtually intact today. Leading player Pat Doyle designed the second nine and two pre-cast bridges were constructed over the stream to facilitate the 18 holes. Many trees were planted which have matured beautifully to adorn the modern layout.
The 62 metre Index 1 7th is a strong test of pitching hole from an elevated tee over the stream to a horse shoe shaped green with out of bounds on the left. 18 is a classic finishing hole. This amphitheatre to some great drama down the years could well be the most difficult hole on the course. The stream is located close to the green and it;'s not easy to hold the pitch shot on the surface.
St. Bridget's Pitch and Putt club shares facilities on the outskirts of the town of Kilcullen with the local soccer and GAA clubs. The wonderful community complex is a testament to sporting ecumenism and is the envy of many communities throughout Ireland.
Course address is:
Kilcullen Community Centre, Curragh Rd,
Phone: 087 - 9950488