Archive for March 2017

Dublin Mixed Scramble

We had sufficient entries for our Mixed Scramble and qualifying takes place from 29th March to 12th April please note for every 2 entries 1 qualifier. Our thanks to all who entered final takes place in Portmarnock on Sunday 23rd April.

Condolences

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jonathan Farrelly who sadly passed away recently. Jonathan sponsored our Inter-County teams last year as he was the landlord of the Irish Rover in Copenhagen.  May he Rest In Peace.

*** DCB LEAGUE AND OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT***

Yesterday evening at a very well attended Dublin County Board meeting the Dublin Leagues were once again one of the main topics for discussion.

First off we are delighted to announce that RGSC’s Junior Smith has become our official  League Secretary. Also, we are also indebted to RGSC’s Miriam Salmon who has stepped in as our new Juvenile Officer for 2017. This, no doubt is a welcome relief to the DCB as we were very stretched having only 4 officers. We would like to wish both Junior and Miriam the very best for the 2017 season.

At the meeting, Junior discussed the recent proposed changes and came up with recommendations of his own:

In the ladies section, the idea of teams being cut down to 4 players was discussed(2 Scotch or Foursome/4 singles matches) was also discussed and was met with both appraisal and dismissal. Also added to this was the addition of clubs being allowed to enter more than 1 team in each league.

The idea was to play the Ladies League matches on the weekend and if that were to be the case then the doubles format will be scotch foursomes rather than the foursomes played in the past few seasons.

Captains will pick their team accordingly and will no longer have to play players off their handicap marks matching up to the other team. This will bring some tactics to the table instead of players knowing who they are playing beforehand.

Also, a recommendation playing the Ladies Class 2 League with handicaps instead of off Scratch.

The worst case scenario in all case’s are we just keep the status quo and remain as we were.

To follow this up we will now have a special ‘League’ meeting with club delegates on Wednesday, April 5th at 8 pm in CYMC/LC to finalize all of these decisions.

At this meeting, we will be voting on proposals brought to the meeting to confirm what way our leagues will be played for the 2017 season.

All players playing in the leagues are asked to talk to their club representatives on these recommendations. We are trying to improve the leagues for the benefit of you the players so please give your opinion on the matter.

Thank you,

The Dublin County Board.

Glenville Pitch & Putt

This week we venture to one of Ireland’s biggest clubs in Glenville Pitch & Putt Club in Tallaght, Co.Dublin. Situated off the Kiltipper Rd this course has been labeled many times as the ‘Augusta National’ of pitch and putt, with its brilliant course layout and picturesque setting with the Dublin Mountains in its shadow.

Glenville was once used by camper’s along the River Dodder and it was through these campers the course came to fruition as they began the course by cutting out a putting green. This progressed from a single green to a full hole in the following months before gradually becoming a 9 hole course and then onto a full 18 hole and the Glenville Club would come into existence in 1948. As the club gathered members it was decided that they would merge with some of the existing clubs in the Dublin area and through this, the Dublin County Board was formed.

The course itself has done nothing but improve over the years and is considered one of the best Championship hosting course’s with its brilliant view’s over the course as it intertwines its way around the walkways from tee to green. The 1st hole provides a chance to get your round off to a good start but waiting on the next hole is anything but a birdie chance. The 2nd plays a full 69mtrs from an elevated tee box with the wind usually guarded by the tree-lined right-hand side although any sort of high pitch is usually gathered by the wind resulting in a short pitch which is gobbled up by the front bunker. The left-hand side of the green is the place to be though as it leaves a slightly uphill chip or putt.

The 3rd hole is a small hole but it pose’s many problems for players. Risen on all 4 sides it has terrorized players for many years. Any inaccuracy from the pitch leaves an awkward chip from all sides and sometimes you may feel you are playing tennis rather that pitch & putt. More super pitches wait along the front 9 with the difficult 5th also possessing similar problems to the 2nd. The 9th is one of the signature holes on the course with the crowds gathered alongside the tee box looking down 57mtrs away to the 2 tiered green. This hole though is all about the pin placement. A front pin can easily yield a birdie with a pitch anywhere central usually feed back down to the hole. The upper tier pin though is one of the toughest pins in the game and has caused havoc many times throughout the clubs history.

Onto the back 9 and a couple of good chances come your way very quickly but once again a raised green lies in wait. The 12th hole is of a circular shape but it once again raised in all directions and only the most accurate pitches will result in a putting opportunity. The severe slopes around the green leave another difficult chip to even the best players around. The 14th is another of the signature holes on Glenville’s course be it when it is played as a short 42mtr hole or the longer 56mtr shot. The pitch is played over a valley between the tee and green with trees on the right-hand side catching any wayward strikes. About 5 foot short of the green though is the hill back down into the valley that takes any short pitch back down and leaves an intimidating chip back up to a blind green.

The final 4 holes have a great variance of difficulty with the 15th playing quite a tough hole at times, especially with a back green pin. The 16th is another good chance but do not be overshoot the green as a bogey may be the best you can wish for. The 17th is a very tough hole too judge as the green itself is out of view from the tee and often you walk down to the green wondering where your pitch has ended up! The 18th has 2 bunkers to the front and the green begins on the back contures of these bunkers. It gradually decreases in slope as the green goes further back but the green is surround on all sides by a grass mound leaving what can be a very tricky chip.

As you finish you are welcomed into a superb clubhouse facility which hosts a darts and pool team. A fully functional bar along with a catered kitchen. It really is the perfect spot for a major Championship and has many of them over the years. In 1977 the National Men’s Strokeplay was held, with RGSC’s Sean Styne’s running out a comfortable 4 shot winner. It hosted the 1984 National Matchplay Championships before completing the major National treble when hosting the National Inter Counties in 1987 when Meath took the coveted title. Glenville once again hosted National Matchplay in 1994 but this was to be the first time that both the men’s and ladies competitions were to be held o the same course on the one weekend. 4yrs later and the course was once again chosen to host the National Matchplay which in turn confirmed the wonderful setting the course possesses.

The legendary Glenville club member Peggy Campbell was to provide a stunning win on her home course as she won the Ladies National strokeplay in 2001. In 2003 the club had the honor of hosting the Special Olympics World Summer Games with a fantastic event put on by the club and the players alike. In 2004 a magical performance by another club legend in Derek Courtney was to prove in vain as Cork tore up the record books on their way to the National Inter County title. Some respite was to come though as the Dublin Ladies were to regain the crown from their closest rivals Kildare. In 2008 just like 11yrs before, Ray Murphy was to claim another National Matchplay Title in the 3rd leg of an amazing 4 in a row. Tara Dillon was to gain her first National Title as she grabbed the ladies title. Another maiden tag was broken a year later as Tracey McGrath was to collect her first National Gold Medal as she won the Ladies National Strokeplay.

In 2014 the Irish Open rolled into town with players coming from as far as Australia to take part in the 3rd running of one of the newest titles on the European Fippa Circuit. Castletown man Eamonn Gibney was to take the title with a brilliant display in a rain-affected tournament from Liam O’Donovan. Marian Byrne was to return to the scene of one of her finest moments when she won the ladies title from the aforementioned Tracey McGrath.

The club is bustling with activity all year round with competitions running almost daily throughout the year. The club also has many Dublin League teams and has a very rich history in those leagues with multiple winning teams throughout all the grades. The course also hosts it’s annual Scratch Cup in September and also runs an Open meeting in mid-June. The club is open to new members and societies and they can be contacted through here:

Phone (01) 451 9916
Email glenvillepnp@gmail.com
Or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Glenville-PitchPutt-Club-1319950…/…

RGSC Pitch & Putt Club

This week our itinerary brought us to the course under the most reconstruction over the past few months in R.G.S.C Pitch & Putt Club out in Kingswood. This is a club that has undergone many transformations to its course over history and every time the club has come out with a fantastic challenging course just as tricky as the last one!
Originally the club was founded in 1968 within Roadstone Ltd. social club for the staff in the company to get out and play pitch & putt. That course was originally laid out along the Belgard Road on the grounds of Belgard Castle which less than a 5-minute drive from the course these days. The course then was full of terrific shots with many mature growing trees lining some fairways and posing problems to the best players in the country.
In the mid 90′s the course was to be moved to where it sits now, with a new state of the art clubhouse which included a sports hall, pool tables, function room, bar, meeting rooms and many other top facilities. The course though was left in the hands of the members to design themselves and what a job they did! Under the expert guidance of Seamus Gaffney, they produced a course of wonderful shot making. The course though was to once again go under construction as a new stretch of road was to bulldoze through some of the early holes on the old course. The course was to remain the same until late last year when Legendary Irish Football Team Shamrock Rovers came on board and constructed a new state of the art AstroTurf  pitch taking out the 11th hole in its entirety, the 12th tee box, and 13th green were taken out and new holes were constructed beside and behind the existing 9th hole. These will hopefully be in play at some stage in the 2017 season and the local established ‘Chain Gang’ will no doubt be kept up to their work maintaining the wonderful shrubbery and bridges dotted across the course.
There are some fantastic pitches on the RGSC layout with one of the stand out holes being the 7th. This pitch of 62mtrs to a tree lined two-tiered green. The pitch itself is not too bad when the pin is on the bottom tier and an accurate straight pitch usually suffices. When the pin reaches the top level, though the hole changes in complexion.  The top tier is considerably smaller in size and only the most accurate of pitches stay on the tier with a fall off on all sides taking the ball. One place you do not want to be, wherever the pin is, is out the back as it leaves a very tough pitch.
The 16th hole also plays a long hole with accuracy once again the order of the day. A raised green on all 4 sides it is a potential card wrecker but this is only the starter to the main course as the famous 17th hole lies in wait. A 62-meter pitch from a raised tee box to a green sloped from front to back and away from the player. It has a kidney shape to it. The first 4/5 feet of the green slope severely with a slope on the left-hand side catching most pitches before the green gradually even’s out to the back portion.  The hole has had some spectacular shot’s over the year’s with one coming to mind when Ray Murphy completed a majestic double-double that included he fired in arguably one of the greatest pitches ever seen when he landed on the downslope at the front of the green beside a notoriously tough pin but he somehow managed to spin the ball back to within inches of the hole and killing off his closest challenger Derek Courtney’s chance in the process.
The club has hosted numerous championships over the years including the annual Dublin GRIP Competition, many different All Ireland Championships, an Irish Open and the Ireland v Netherlands  Willie Parker Challenge. Last year it held the National Inter County Championships in what was a great day for the club as they supplied both captains Junior Smith and Siobhan Keeley alongside fellow players Glenda Hoey & Ger Holland for the two successful Dublin teams as well as Dublin selector and board member Marise Carroll.
The competition is fierce in the club in all grades and Friday to Sunday the course is usually full with competitions aplenty throughout the season. They also house the current Ladies Class A Dublin league Champions. Take a chance to visit the when they host a Senior Person’s Open and Scotch Foursomes in June along with a Scratch Cup in October. The club also is an integral part of the Dublin GRIP which was named after club gentleman and competition secretary Kevin Blackburn who sadly passed away in the mid-noughties.
From Dublin go onto the Naas Rd,
Head southwest on Naas Rd/N7 toward Exit 2 and take the R136 exit to Grange Castle/Kingswood,
Enter the roundabout and take 2nd exit
Roadstone Group Sports Club is the first left turn.
From the west on Naas Rd/N7 toward Exit 2, take the R136 exit to Tallaght/Kingswood.
Enter the roundabout and take 3rd exit
Roadstone Group Sports Club is the first left turn.
The club is open for membership and can be contacted on their website below.
Website: http://www.rgsc.ie/