Welcome to the Sandfield Pitch and Putt Course Updates page. On this page you will find all the latest course status information from the run up to new season opening and then day to day course condition updates once we are open. We will also post weather warnings and updates that may affect the courses availability. You will also get first hand news and information regarding any proposed changes and developments to the course and its facilities.
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- 2023 Season Updateby Mick Allsop
This is the current 2023 season update on the course and potential opening date.
Following the very wet winter months we are working hard to get the course open for the Easter holidays. Please check back regularly to our website news page or follow us on our Facebook and Instagram Social Media to get an regular 2023 Season update on our possible opening date.
It will be ‘Transition Year’ at Sandfield Pitch and Putt this year. We continue the work to add 3 new holes on the hill around the lake. There is also work ongoing to create a new green which will extend the length of the13th Hole all with a view to opening the ‘new’ course for the start of the 2024 season. Extensive ground works are ongoing to improve drainage on the course. We are also creating a new toilet facility halfway around the course. We are also adding New Artificial Turf Tee Mats to holes continuing on the work from from last year.
- More Artificial Turf Tee Boxes Addedby Mick Allsop
We are pleased to announce that we have added 3 more artificial turf tee boxes on holes 5, 14 and 16.
We look forward to getting your feedback on the new tees and you can vote for your preference by clicking here to take part in out tee mat survey.
- Artificial Turf Tee on 11 – New for 2022by Mick Allsop
We are pleased to announce we have added a second artificial turf tee on hole 11.
We look forward to your feedback and you can vote for your preferred tee type by clicking here and casting your vote on our tee mat survey.
- #3 Course Update – 19th Aprilby Mick Allsop
We are pleased to announce in our #3 course update that the 18th Hole is now available again to play. We are open all this week from 11am with last tee off time at 6.30pm.
The course remains wet and soft under foot in many areas especially around 13th and 14th Fairways, but we will be open all this week from 11am with last tee off time at 6.30pm.
- #2 Course Update – 15th Aprilby Mick Allsop
Welcome to our #2 Course Update. We will be OPEN on Good Friday 15th April, at 11am, subject to weather conditions.
The course remains very wet and soft under foot in a number of places but hopefully playable.
There will be preferred lies on fairways due to the possibility of plugged balls and the soft ground in places and some greens are not 100%.
Holes 12 and 18 will not be available due to the greens not being under repair and ongoing ground works.
In order to play 18 holes players will be able to start and finish on holes 1 and 2.
We look forward to seeing both old and new customers from today and praying for dry conditions over easter holidays.
- #1 Course Update – 4th April 2022by Mick Allsop
Welcome to the Sandfield Pitch and Putt #1 course update for 2022. It has been a long wet winter since we were forced to close early due to waterlogging in September. The course has remained heavily waterlogged right up to the middle of March making difficult to get anything done and that combined with the sad absence of Tom who we hoped would guide us through our first winter it has proved a very testing time. We are hoping to start some major drainage work on Lough Beg and the land drain that runs from Morgan’s Lough to the R261 that will hopefully take away the water when we get heavy spells of rain.
Between the waterlogging, leatherjacks and birds digging up the greens and surrounds we are working to get the course in a decent condition to be able to open on Good Friday. Unfortunately the 10th 12th and 18th greens are the worst affected with 12th Green very badly damaged to the point of half the green needing to be re-seeded. Grass cutting of the fairways using the light mower has started and the greens have had their first cut since September along with the dreaded strimming around the Tees and banks!
Clearing some of the Whin Bushes
One of our aims is to reduce the number of Whin Bushes on the course over time, especially the older ones, and replace with Rhododendrons and other flowering bushes to add more colour to the course and more importantly to hopefully help reduce the level of lost Golf Balls. This work has started on Holes 4 and 11.as seen in the photos below.
Course Readiness Status
So to wrap up the #1 Course Update we think the current course readiness status is 60% as this point. Lots more to do but looking forward to getting open, weather permitting!