Kilbeggan

About

Kilbeggan Pitch and Putt.

 

The inception of Kilbeggan Pitch and Putt Club came about in 1968 in the snug of the village pub when a small group of interested people came together. Proof of this is that Martin Moran (the publican) was elected as the first chairman. There was a lot going for this committee when they secured a rent agreement with the Marshall family for a piece of ground know as ‘The Lawn’. ‘The Lawn’ was noted as a place with tranquil surroundings, a mixture of Irish native trees, the mill river flows through the course and meets up with the River Brosna to form the western boundary of the course.

 

Progression was fast, the course was opened as a 9 hole but within 2 years due to a tremendous effort by all the members a further 9 holes were added. The clubhouse was built with 100% voluntary labour and was officially opened on the 25th June 1972. The first open strokeplay was played on August 11th-13th 1972, 502 cards were played with players from 28 clubs taking part. We hosted our first Leinster competition in 1974 when the Ladies Strokeplay was played.

 

Fundraising was relatively easy due to a great effort by all members, necessary machinery was purchased and an automatic pop up water system was installed. Apart from the fundraising the club is greatly indebted to our hundreds of sponsors through the years who have donated money, prizes, materials and their time which is most appreciated.

 

The club has always been conscious of giving something back to others who are not associated in any way with the club. In 1995 over a bank holiday weekend we collected €11,000 from motorists on the busy N6. €5,500 was donated to GOAL and the other €5,500 was given to CONCERN. A few years ago we committed to sponsoring two pupils from the local post primary school to further their education at third level for 3 years.

 

We have made two trips to Catalonia in Spain. 29 players travelled in 2001, with 26 players making the journey in 2002. Every one really enjoyed the experience, the real eye opener was the quality of the courses and the facilities attached.

 

Over the years we have had good success on the playing front with many National and Provisional titles coming to the club at all levels in both adult and juvenile competition. Hopefully there is more to come if we can hold the interest of our current players, encourage more to play by whatever means and continue the encouraging juvenile program that is currently working well.

 

Membership numbers over the last few years has been good; this has been helped greatly by the number of non native Kilbeggan people who have joined the club. All these new members have helped greatly in every way in the club.

 

In 1997 circumstances changed and the situation arose where we had to make an offer to buy the course or risk loosing it. At a general meeting the overwhelming decision was that we must make an effort to purchase ‘The Lawn’. Again the great will of all the members came to the fore, we held auctions, sponsored cycles, social nights and we commenced a fortnightly ‘Spin & Win’. We projected to clear the debt in three years; we managed to clear it in two.

 

In early 2002 a decision was made to demolish our existing clubhouse and commence the planning and fundraising to build a new one, again the response from the committee and members was gratifying and the fruition of all effort came together on 20th June 2004 when we had the official opening of our new clubhouse.

 

Since its inception in 1968 the club has been served very well by great officers in all positions who have given their all in promoting and driving the club forward, sadly some of these people have passed on to perhaps a greater pitch and putt club in the sky, but hopefully they can rest easy knowing that for the moment the club is flourishing.

  

Course

Hole Index Distance Sponsor Description
1 9 38 A gentle opening pitch to a green raised at the back with a fall-off on both left and right sides. A bank guards the front. A pitch to the centre of the green leaves a relatively flat putt. A good chance to start with a dyke!
2 3 46 An uphill pitch from the bank of the river Brosna to a raised green with a bank at the front. The green falls away on the left, if you are off the green with your pitch be happy with a three.
3 11 40 A large bunker guards the front with a flower bed behind a green which slopes gently towards you. Short putts can be missed usually from over borrowing. The prominent bunker and flower bed to the rear can be intimidating, but there is more room than you think.
4 5 50 A strong pitch required over the front bunker to a green that slopes severely away from you. A short pitch can mean trouble whether you are in the bunker or leave yourself with a chip or putt down the green. Simple-do not be short.
5 13 45 A bank at the front gobbles up the short pitch. A pitch just over the bank can leave a chip from the small gully. Green slopes off on the front right.
6 18 31 One of the easiest pitches over a bank to a green that slopes towards you. Only danger is a downhill chip if you are big. A good chance of a two!
7 1 62 A big hit, particularly when you are pitching against a prevailing westerly wind. A large bunker guards the front. A large flat green with drop behind the green.
8 7 37 A shortish pitch to a raised green with severe drops to the front and left. Can be a card wrecker if you are chipping from the side.
9 15 39 A mound well short of the green can be deceiving and result in a short pitch to a green guarded by a bank at the front and a dyke back left. A quirky green with subtle breaks.
10 6 48 A solid pitch between the trees over a tall bank is required. The green, usually soft slopes severely from right to left. An uphill putt is ideal.
11 16 33 A pitch from the bank of the mill river to a small green that slopes towards you. The green also slopes off on the right side. A chip from ‘big of the green’ requires a delicate touch.
12 12 54 A down hill pitch from a raised tee-box between the trees. The bank set well back from the front of the green should not be an issue. The green slopes gently from left to right.
13 2 62 A long pitch with a tall bank at the front and a grass dyke to the back. Green slopes from back left corner to front right corner. Long and left is not the place to be.
14 8 42 Pitching from a raised tee to a green set below you. A small bank to the front of a green that slopes severely away from you. Not easy to get your 3 short of the green.
15 14 39 Uphill pitch to a green guarded at the front by a bank. The green slope severely from the back right towards the front left. A very high pitch can catch the overhanging branches.
16 17 30 Start of a benign finishing stretch with the shortest hole on the course. A mound at the front of the green should not be an issue on this short pitch. A relatively flat green that falls off on the left leaves a good chance for a two.
17 10 37 A hoggs back through the spine of the green can cause trouble if you are on the wrong side. The slope on the left is severe; a downhill putt on that side can be interesting!
18 4 50 Wind usually against on the finishing hole, a large green with out of bounds on the left and a bank to the front. Green slightly raised is difficult to putt on with subtle breaks, every putt looks flat but none are!