Course Updates

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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Course Updates

  • Course Update 2nd May

    Welcome to the course update as of 2nd May 2024

    We are pleased to announce that the course will open for he 2024 Season on Friday, 3rd May at 1pm, with the last tee off time being 7pm.

    Due to the very wet winter we have had to dig a major new drain running from 3rd hole and down the 4th Hole fairway then across the front of the 14th hole to the open drain. This has caused some damage to the surfaces on those holes. In addition, we have suffered serious Badger problems this winter and a number of greens have been badly damaged and are not 100% repaired yet. The effected greens are the 1st, 14th and 15th Greens. The newly re-seeded green on the 8th Hole unfortunately died over winter mainly due to the extremely wet conditions. We have had to re-seeded again and will not be available for opening. We are looking at potential temporary hole locations but this might prove difficult. There is also badger digging damage to a number of fairways.

    On a brighter note we are starting to transition to the ‘new’ course layout and the 1st of 3 new holes on the hill around the lake will be available for the opening day of 2024 Season. This will be the new 12th hole replacing the existing one. This will allow us to start work on potentially creating a new raised peninsular green for the 11th hole. We will start to build an exciting new semi-island green on the site of the old 12th green with the tee for being situated high on the hill around the lake and we hope this new hole will start to challenge the current 14th Hole as the favourite with our players. We hope this hole and the 2 new holes on the hill around the lake will be fully operational for the 2025 Season.

    The 13th Tee has been moved to the left of the open drain and will now work on creating a new 13th green behind the existing one. Potentially making the hole 20 meters longer.

    We have also replaced more of the old Rubber Mat Tees with the new AstroTurf mat layouts. The holes with the new full Tee layouts are 5th, 6th ,7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Holes. We aim to add the new Tee layouts to 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th before the end of the season.

    We look forward to seeing all our existing and any new first time customers during the 2024 Season.

  • Course Update 14th March 2024

    The is the Sandfield Pitch and Putt Course update for 14th March 2024.

    We are very sorry to announce that the course will NOT be open in time for Easter this year.

    Following the persistent and heavy rain since September the course remains very wet and waterlogged in places. We are currently pulling new drains to try and get the course dry.

    Once again we have suffered some serious animal damage to some greens that will need repairing and some dry growing time to get them repaired.

    Please check back regularly for updates on the potential opening date for the 2024 season.

  • 2023 Season Closing Date

    The closing date for the 2023 Season will be from Tuesday, 26th September 2023.

    We would like to thank all our Patrons and visitors who have played Sandfield Pitch and Putt this year. We hope you have enjoyed your days here.

    It has been a tough year. Both from weather wise perspective in what has been a record wet year. Also with the various challenges we have faced in preparing and maintaining the course. We look forward to delivering new challenges and new holes in the coming years as well as upgrading the facilities here at Sandfield.

    2023 Season Closing Date

    Check back on our website and the Opening Times page for details of the opening date for the 2024 Season. You can also check us out on out Instagram and Facebook pages.

    2023 Season Closing Date – Tuesday 26th September

  • Opening Day 2023 Season

    We are please to announce the opening day of 2023 season and will be open from 11am today, Saturday 29th April 2023 with the last tee time at 7pm.

    As mentioned in our previous update this will be a transition year and we do have damage to many greens following the very wet winter and also animal damage, as such we will have up to 4 temporary green in play and will have at least two more to rebuild as we proceed through the year.

    We apologise for any inconvenience and detraction from your round.

  • 2023 Season Update

    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 Added

    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 2022

    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 April

    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 April

    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 2022

    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.

    Course Damage

    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 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!