Rosscabery Pitch and Putt Club
Rosscarbery Pitch and Putt Club was founded in 1982. The Cregane course was the first to be developed. The land was rented from Cork Co. Council on the sand dunes at the Warren strand. When handed over to the club the place was a wilderness with Marran grasses and ferns growing up to 6 feet tall.
The course was designed by the late Mr Dalton, from Castletroy in Co.Limerick assisted by Edward Fitzsimons also from Limerick, who happened to have Rosscarbery connections.
The greens were man made by a professional landscape gardener Mr Pat McCarthy from Glandore. The development was funded by selling 5-year memberships together with a large amount of voluntary labour, machinery and materials from members of Rosscarbery community.
Thereafter in 1983 the Pitch & Putt was the first in the area to qualify for a Fas Scheme, and to this day Fas is still involved with the Club.
The course was officially opened in 1984 by the then President of the P.P.U.I. Mr. Liam Houlihan. Membership grew steadily over the following years as did the number of tourists and holiday members, thus the need for a second course arose. Again the Cork Co.Council agreed an extension to the land originally leased, so the Channel Course was developed, also at that time the Co Council agreed to lease the bungalow by the strand for use as a clubhouse.
To day the club and courses are a very important part of life in Rosscarbery and beyond. The courses are ranked in the Top 10 courses in Ireland.
In the early nineties two tarmacadem tennis courts were built adjoining the Pitch and Putt courses. These were part funded ( 50%) from West Cork Leader and ourselves.
In the year 2004 the club had 330 members who paid an annual subscription fee. These members play in weekly competitions all year round with a section devoted to juvenile members.
Allied to this in 2004 approx. 12,000 green fee rounds of Pitch and Putt were played on the courses by visitors from all over Ireland, the British Isles, Europe and America.
This amenity is of huge financial value to the general West Cork area through the volume of foreign visitors who play the entire year.
The club is run nowadays by an elected Committee of its members. Going forward our aim is to keep progressing and improve the quality of the courses and by further marketing to increase the volume of tourists. The clubhouse is open full time from June 1st to the end of September each year for club-hire and green fees otherwise we may be contacted by phone as shown.