A short history of the Douglas club

over 58 years and growing

Douglas Pitch & Putt Club


Formed by a dedicated group of enthusiasts in the halcyon days of the mid 1950’s Douglas Pitch & Putt Club has over the years proved to be one of the most successful clubs in the country.


Little did the small group which started with a rented 9 hole course imagine that almost 60 years later and with many course changes that Douglas would have one of the finest courses and clubhouses in Ireland.


Over the years the Club expanded from 9 holes to 18 holes by renting additional land. Sadly due to housing development 2 rented sections of the course were lost and in 1977 the momentous decision to purchase 2½ acres of land for £14,000 was taken. Our bankers AIB Bank, Douglas lent us £10,000 and with £4,000 contributed by way of interest free loan by members the purchase was undertaken.  Extensive fund raising then commenced and within a short number of years the debt was cleared. In a further development in 1996 the Club bought out its lease and became the proud owner of 4½ acres on which the present course and clubhouse stand. The decision to construct a new clubhouse was taken shortly afterwards and once again the club bankers AIB Douglas Road were willing to provide the necessary finance (naturally the amounts borrowed were a lot more daunting than the £10,000 borrowed in 1977). Enthusiastic fund raising and a generous grant from the National Lottery enabled the dream to become a reality. Shortly after this in addition to servicing the current debt significant course development was made including much needed drainage as well as an automatic watering system. In 2008 with security becoming an ever increasing problem new railings, an electronic gate and cameras were installed. Further improvements have been made since then including the new feature adjoining the second fairway


The development of Pitch & Putt in Douglas mirrored that of the sport itself. Even as the fledgling club matured so did the sport and Douglas over the years proved to be a cradle for talented administrators. In addition to the numerous Co. Board and Provincial Personnel that Douglas provided the ultimate administrative honour was accorded Chris Twohig from Douglas when he was elected President of Central Council in 1975 and 1976.


As a course Douglas has always been regarded as second to none. Numerous championships have been held over the years starting in 1971 with the Ladies Strokeplay Championships, where Douglas provided both the senior winner in Kit O’Donovan and the junior winner in Mary Madden.  Douglas is the course most used for the Ladies Strokeplay having hosted the event on four occasions.   The National Matchplay was first hosted in 1973 and again in 1985. Douglas also hosted the National Team event in 1975, when Douglas teams garnered first and second place, as well as a welcome return in 1980. In 2002 the club hosted the National Mixed Foursomes another first for Douglas to be followed in 2005 by the fourth hosting of the Ladies Strokeplay. In 2010 came another first in the co hosting with neighbors Ballinlough of the National Scramble. In 2011 forty years after the club hosted its first National Championships the Gents National Strokeplay Championship finally made its way to Douglas where exceptionally large crowds enjoyed not only the superb spectacle of Pitch & Putt but the social side of the game for which Cork clubs are famous.


The next major date for Douglas takes place in 2015 when the club will celebrate its 60th  Anniversary