Though the history of Lakewood Pitch & Putt club dates back to its foundation year of 1973, the idea of a pitch and putt
club had been formed by the John A Wood Sports and Social club as early as 1970. In that year the club received a site from
the John A Wood Ltd company to develop into a sports area for the use of employees, and it was decided to put the wheels in
motion towards forming a 9 hole pitch and putt course.
In September 1971, the then president of the P.P.U.I. Pat Dalton of Limerick was contacted, and this meeting led to the
selection of a pitch and putt site. The dream became a reality on the 18th August 1973, when a 9 hole course was opened by
Paddy Harkins president of the P.P.U.I. Paddy later became captain of the club and his daughter Gretchen Ahern is currently
secretary of the club.
The first committee of Lakewood was formed on 15th November 1973 under the the chairmanship of Danny Murphy who is
currently one of our vice-presidents. An inexperienced committee kept the club going through 1974, meeting every fortnight
in the John A Wood Ltd canteen. In March 1975 John Coleman became secretary of the club and remained as secretary until
2013, working tirelessly to keep the club at the forefront of pitch and putt. Tim Lucey and Frank Collins both John A Wood
Ltd employees were founder members of the club and served until their deaths. Frank Collins became treasurer in 1975 and
served in this position up to his untimely death in early 1988. His wife Sheila succeeded him and she has remained as
treasurer to date.
In 1975 the course was extended to 18 holes and immediately the club began to prosper. Many improvements have been made
over the years, including a watering system and the renovation of the clubhouse to provide better facilities and an
upstairs view of the course.