Pitch and Putt, Par 3 Golf
Pitch and putt is a golf sport that began its popularity in Ireland in the early 1940′s.
It started more as a recreational activity than a serious game. At that time, golf was considered a man’s sport and many of the golf courses were open only to men. In an effort to attract tourists to resorts smaller courses began appearing. Even some of the larger estates in Florida and on the west coast were building pitch and putt courses for personal use. The game focused more on accuracy than force and because of this, it became popular with women and children as well as seasoned golfers wishing to improve their skills on the short strokes.
Since then, and especially over the past few years pitch and putt has gained great popularity. In March, 2006 the FIPPA (Federation of International Pitch and Putt Associations) was formed consisting of representatives from 17 European regions who signed an agreement delegating the FIPPA as the international governing body. An official set of rules was drafted (maximum distance 100 yards, maximum 3 clubs) and the sport became official.
Pitch and putt is the fastest growing area of golf in the world. In the few short years since 2006 hundreds of courses have opened around the world and international competitions are organized by three governing bodies, the EPPA (European Pitch and Putt Association), the FIPPA (Federation of International Pitch and Putt Associations), and the IPPA (International Pitch and Putt Association). Today, more people are enjoying golf than ever before and children are starting to learn the game at a much younger age.
World Wide Pitch and Putt
What follows is the most detailed data on world wide pitch and putt available on the internet. It took many hours to build and it takes many hours to maintain. Feel free to link to it or print it out but do not copy it for reproduction elsewhere on the internet. It requires continuous monitoring and updating and we do not wish the contact information provided here to be spread around the internet.
The world map at the top shows the countries/regions around the world involved in pitch and putt and the international body/bodies under which they are governed. The green regions show countries that founded the EPPA which later became the FIPPA, so most of these countries are members of both and these are the countries that got the ball rolling (so to speak).
The table below the map shows the details for each pitch and putt association around the world. It shows the association name, their acronym, when they were founded, their official language, and any associations they belong to. It also provides a link to their web site (if one exists) and contact information (including eMail links) for them. The notes are remarks on anything outstanding about these pitch and putt groups.
|Acronym||Association||Flag||Country||Official Languages||Web Site||Representative||Founded||Member of||Notes|
|EPPA||European Pitch and Putt Association||International||English||EPPA||Martin Whitelaw, Secretary||February 2000||Notes: First international body representing pitch and putt associations. Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. President is Mervyn Cooney (Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland).|
|FIPPA||Federation of International Pitch and Putt Associations||International||English||FIPPA||Secretariat
Victor Moscatel, Vice President
Michael Murphy, Board Member
(FIPPA) is the governing body for the Pitch and putt in the world.
In 2009, Association Française de Pitch and Putt (France), Federazione Italiana de Pitch and Putt (Italy), Federazione Sanmarinese Pitch and Putt (San Marino) and Dansk Pitch and Putt Union (Denmark) vacate their membership of FIPPA, after the creation of another international association, IPPA.
|IPPA||International Pitch and Putt Associations||International||English||IPPA||Robert Uggla, Secretary General
John Hudson, President
|May 16, 2009||Notes:
In 2009 EPPA and FIPPA board members voted that dual membership of EPPA/FIPPA and IPPA would not be allowed.
|AGF||Albanian Golf Federation||Albania||Albanian||AGF||eMail AGF||IPPA||Notes|
|AAPP||Associació Andorrana de Pitch and Putt||Andorra||Catalan, Spanish, Occitan||Andorra Golf||2007||FIPPA, EPPA||Notes|
|APPA||Australian Pitch and Putt Association||Australia||English, Aboriginal languages||APPA||Administrator||1st game 2006||FIPPA||Notes|
|BPPA ?||Belgium Pitch and Putt Association||Belgium||Flemish (Dutch), French, German||No Web Site||Matthieu Donadieu, Manager||2008||FIPPA||Notes|
|CPPA||Canadian Pitch and Putt Association||Canada||English, French||CPPA||eMail CPPA||2008||FIPPA||Notes|
||Federació Catalana de Pitch and putt||Catalonia, Spain||Catalan||FCPP||secretaria ACPP||80′s||EPPA, FIPPA||Notes|
|FCPP||Federación Chilena de Pitch and Putt||Chile||Spanish||No Web Site||Juan Morán, Manager||2006||FIPPA||Notes|
|CPPA ?||China Pitch and Putt Association||China||Chinese||No Web Site||2010||FIPPA||Notes|
|DPPU||Dansk Pitch and Putt Union||Denmark||Danish||DPPU||eMail DPPU||2006||IPPA||Notes|
|EPP||English Pitch and Putt||England||English||No Web Site||Nick Fromings||IPPA||Notes|
|FPP (AFPP)||Association Française de Pitch and Putt||France||French||FPP||John Hudson, Administrator||1999||IPPA||Notes|
|DPPV||Deutscher Pitch & Putt Verband||Germany||German||DPPV||Sven Göth (VP), Max Hergt (President)||2008||EPPA, FIPPA||Notes|
|BPPA||British Pitch and Putt Association||Great Britan||English||BPPA||Pat Jackson, secretary||1996||EPPA, FIPPA||Notes:
2001 – British Pitch & Putt Union name changed to British Pitch and Putt Association.
|IPPU||Indian Pitch and Putt Union||India||Hindi, English, Panjabi||IPPU||Rakesh Purohit||2011||IPPA||Notes|
|PPUI||The Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland||Ireland||Irish, English||PPUI||Michael Murphy, Office Administrator||June 1960||EPPA, FIPPA||Notes|
|FIP&P||Federazione Italiana Pitch and Putt||Italy||Italian||FIPP||Carlo Farioli, President (check site first)
Carlo Farioli, vice president IPPA
On 2011-03-24, the domain name expired
as of 2011-04-06, the domain name status is ‘pending deletion’
|KSGA||South Korea P&P Association||Korea (South)||Korean||No Web Site||2011||FIPPA||Notes|
|NPPB||Nederlandse Pitch & Putt Bond||Netherlands, Holland||Dutch, Frysian||NPPB||2000||EPPA, FIPPA||Notes|
|NPPF||Norges Pitch & Putt Forbund (NPPF)||Norway||Norwegian, small amount of Lapp and Finnish||NPPF||eMail NPPF||June 2004||EPPA, FIPPA||Notes|
|FPG||Portuguese Golf Federation||Portugal||Portuguese||No Web Site||Fernando Fragoso||2010||IPPA||Notes|
|FSPP (FSMPP)||Federazione Sanmarinese Pitch and Putt||San Marino||Italian||Elia Casalie||1st game 2003||IPPA||Notes:
In 2009, vacated their membership of FIPPA and EPPA and joined another international association, IPPA.
|RFEG||Real Federación Española de Golf||Spain||Spanish, Basque, Galician, Catalan||RFEG||eMail RFEG||IPPA||Notes|
|ASPP||Association Suisse de Pitch and Putt||Switzerland||French, German, Italian, Romansch||ASPP’s Web Site||eMail ASPP||2010||IPPA||Notes|
|SPPA||Scweizerischen Pitch and Putt Verband||Switzerland||French, German, Italian, Romansch||SPPA||eMail SPPA||1st Game 2004||EPPA, FIPPA||Notes||USPPA||US Pitch and Putt Association||USA||English||No Web Site||John Hoover||2008||FIPPA||Notes|
|IFIUS||World Interuniversity Games||International||English||IFIUS||Stephane Stiévenart||1998 / 2010||IPPA||Notes|