Fota Island golf club Cork

Fota Island golf course Cork

Fota Island Golf Course

Fota Island Club Crest

Venue of the Irish Open Championship from 19th to 22nd June 2014.

With an additional nines holes recently added to the estate, Fota Island Resort offers a choice of three distinctly challenging courses.

The Par 71 Deerpark (The original) with receptive greens and strategic bunkering impresses even the most experienced professionals. The stunning 18th is a truly remarkable feature of this course, and will undoubtedly bring your round to the prefect conclusion.

The Belvelly, a Par 72 course, includes the new nine hole layout – which was also developed by Jeff Howes. While incorporating some unique and exciting features, intended to challenge even the most competitive golfer, the course remains perfectly loyal to the traditional style and values that characterise Fota Island as a whole.

The Par 73 Barryscourt, with its gently undulating greens, will demand that your putting game is in top shape. What’s more, the newly designed par three 8th Hole – cleverly guarded with a variety of hazards – will reward those who possess the advantage of an accurate tee-shot.

Fota Island Resort was, awarded with the accolade as "The Best Golf Course of the Year" for 2001, by the Irish Golf Tours Operators Association.

Fota Island is located in the heart of a 780-acre estate, which is included in the "Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes of Ireland". The splendid woodlands are woven into a challenging par 71 Championship Course, which is complemented by an impressive driving range, with practice putting and chipping greens.

Fota Island was the venue 2001 and 2002 Murphy’s Irish Open, joining the august company of Ballybunion, Portmarnock, Druid’s Glen, Killarney and Mount Juliet as an Irish Open venue.

Golf Digest, USA wrote of Fota, "It’s time for a breath of true golfing air "Fota eschews the Schwarzenegger-like brutality in favour of guile and subtlety. Depending on how you "see" the shot in your mind, you could be playing any of three different clubs. In other words, it makes you think, it’s real golf".

Golf Monthly, U.K. wrote "It’s a mark of imaginative design when a new course appears old before the paint is dry...Some of their innovations evoke other times and other values. Purists will delight at the old fashioned features...you’ll stand in wide-eyed admiration".

Fota Island was voted the No. 31-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Down-1);

Fota Island was voted the No. 30-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Same);

Fota Island was voted the No. 30-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-2);

Fota Island was voted the No. 32-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-5);

Fota Island was voted the No. 37-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-3);

Fota Island was voted the No. 40-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Fota Island was voted the No. 15-ranked parkland golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Fota Island was voted the No. 12 Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.

Fota Island was voted the  No. 12 Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.

Fota Island was voted the No. 23-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009.

Fota Island was voted the No. 22-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008.

Fota Island was voted the  No. 9 Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.


  • Golf Deals » Fota Island

  • Stay & Play @ Fota Island Hotel & Spa €195.00

    Offer valid from 12 Nov 2016 to 31 Dec 2017 Detail:

    Enjoy two nights' bed and breakfast at Fota Island Hotel & Spa and one round of golf per person on one of Fota Island Resort’s Three Championship Courses.
    As one of Ireland's best loved golf courses Fota Island Resort, home to the Irish Open 2014, has three distinctively challenging championship golf courses set amongst beautiful parkland scenery. Surrounded by tall oak trees, bathed in peace and quiet, Fota Island Golf Club also has the comfortable Clubhouse, the extensively stocked Pro Shop, and Fota Island Golf Academy.
    From as little as €195pp.

Green Fees Midweek: €75
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €95
Green Fees with a Member: €50%
Green Fees for Opens: €40/50
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: €30 Yes
Buggy Hire: €30
Yes
Soft Spikes: Yes
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €1,958
Entrance Fee: €8,000
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 27
Members 505
Designer Jeff Howes
Founded 1993
Address

Fota Island,
Cork

Telephone 021-4883700
Email reservations@fotaisland.ie
Website Fota Island golf club website
Director of Golf: Kevin Morris
Captain: Michael O'Driscoll
Lady Captain: Mary Corbett
Presidents': Philip Vaughan & Mary O'Brien
Vice-Captains':  &
Hon. Secretary: Donal O'Callaghan & Delma O'Leary
Head Professional : Kevin Morris 021-4883700
Hon. Treasurer: Cian Mahony & Alys Morrissey 
Comp. Secretary: Tom O'Leary & Marie Holt
Fota Island Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:51.900990
Long:-8.296607
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual,
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: None
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Every Day Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Fota Island Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' & Presidents' Drive-In Saturday 7 January   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Tuesday 2 May   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Tuesday 16 May   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 3 June   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Tuesday 6 June   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 2 September   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Tuesday 5 September   Closed 1
Winter Singles Wednesday 18 January   Open 1
Winter Singles Wednesday 25 January   Open 1
Winter Singles Wednesday 1 February
  Open 1
Seniors 4-Person Team Event Monday 6 February   Open 1
Fourball Saturday 11 February   Open 1
Fourball Saturday 18 February   Open 1
Seniors Open Monday 20 February   Open 1
Fourball Wednesday 22 February   Open 1
Fourball Wednesday 1 March   Open 1
Fourball Wednesday 8 March   Open 1
Senior Scratch Cup Sunday 12 March   Open 1
Fourball Wednesday 15 March   Open 1
Seniors Open Monday 20 March   Open 1
Fourball Wednesday 21 March   Open 1
Fourball Wednesday 29 March   Open 1
Juveniles Thursday 30 March   Open 1
Singles Friday 31 March
  Open 1
Fourball Wednesday 5 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 6 April Sunday 9 April Open 4
Singles Stableford Friday 7 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 8 April   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 9 April   Open 1
Easter Kids' Camp Friday 14 April Sunday 16 April Open 3
Easter Kids' Camp Saturday 15 April   Open 1
Easter Kids' Camp Sunday 16 April   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup (4 to 9) Sunday 11 June
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 15 June
Sunday 18 June
Open 4
Singles Stableford Friday 16 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 17 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 18 June   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 5 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 12 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 13 July Sunday 16 July Open 4
Singles Stableford Friday 14 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 15 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Sunday 16 July   Open 1
Start of Open Week Monday 24 July
Friday 29 July Open 5
Seniors 4-Person Team Event 55+
Monday 24 July
  Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event
Tuesday 25 July
  Open 1
Fourball Wednesday 26 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Friday 28 July
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Saturday 29 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 4 October   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 11 October
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 18 October   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 25 October   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 1 November
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 8 November   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 15 November   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 22 November   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 29 November   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 6 December
  Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 13 December   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 20 December   Open 1
Singles Stableford Wednesday 27 December   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 71 SSS 71 6,488 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 72 5,509 yd's
Green Par 71 SSS 69 6,100 yd's
Blue Par 71 SSS 73 6,927 yd's

Card

Hole No. Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 409 360 343 4 7 310 4 4
2 461 430 392 4 3 344 4 6
3 165 153 131 3 9 118 3 16
4 548 529 513 5 15 444 5 8
5 544 509 480 5 17 428 5 14
6 376 357 330 4 13 293 4 12
7 179 168 146 3 11 105 3 18
8 478 450 439 4 1 412 5 10
9 424 394 385 4 5 345 4 2
Out 3,584 3,350 3,159 36   2,799 37  
10 500 487 475 5 16 452 5 9
11 168 156 123 3 14 108 3 17
12 428 394 360 4 4 325 4 3
13 208 194 182 3 12 161 3 13
14 417 397 375 4 2 337 4 1
15 476 428 404 4 6 378 4 7
16 417 400 390 4 8 355 4 5
17 222 203 162 3 10 146 3 15
18 507 479 470 5 18 448 5 11
In 3,343 3,138 2,941 35   2,710 35  
Total 6,927
6,488 6,100 71   5,509 72  
SSS 73 71 69     72    

Notable rounds

Men's Old Course Record Am: 67 Padraig Harrington New Course Pro: 63 Danny Willett 21 June Irish Open 2014

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

The Ladies of Fota Island won the Munster Final of the Intermediate Cup when they beat Kanturk Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 match at Youghal Golf Club on Saturday 21st August 2010. First on the tee was Mary Daunt (16) who beat Nuala Meade (19) by 3 and 2, she was followed by Mary O'Leary (16) who won her match against Bernie O'Connor (20) by 4and 2, next up was Patricia O'Sullivan (17) who won by a similar margin against Martina Dennehy (20). The bottom two matches of Patricia Coughlan (18) against Margaret Fitzgerald (21) and Rose Beamish (18) against Nora Mary Ring (22) were halved when called in.

They made the long journey to Donabate Golf Club where they met Ulster Champions Dungannon Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 24th September, first up was Mary Daunt (16) who lost her match to Ann Currie (17) by 5 and 4, she was followed by Mary O'Leary (17) who won her match against Hazel Annesley (17) by 2 and 1, next up was Patricia Coughlan (17) who lost her match to Celia Devlin (20) by 6 and 4, the penultimate match of Patricia O'Sullivan (18) was a close fought match against Lorraine Wilson (20) when Patricia won by 1-hole, the bottom match of Rose Beamish (18) was a comfortable 5 and 3 win over Ann Shields (20).

They met Mid-Leinster Champions Kilcoole Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final the following day, they were led again by Mary Daunt (16) who lost her match 5 and 3 against Loretto McDermott (17), she was followed by Mary O'Leary (17) who had a 3 and 2 win over Angela Maher (18), next up was Patricia Coughlan (17) who lost her match by 3 and 2 against Joan Donnelly (19), the penultimate match of Patricia O'Sullivan (18) was halved against Pauline Doyle (20) and the bottom match of Rose Beamish (18) was a resounding 7 and 6 win for Karen Horsfall (20).

Lady Captain Rose Negle, Captain Finbar Cotter and P. Hourihane, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 12th 2002.

The Ladies of Fota Island Golf Club won the ILGU Minor League in 1997.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Colm O’Sullivan represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 2010 playing 6-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 9-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2008 to 2010 playing 10-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 9-points;

T. O’Flynn represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 2007 to 2010 playing 8-times won 3-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 8-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 2005 to 2007 playing 16-times won 11-matches and lost 5-matches accumulating 22-points;

Ross O’Sullivan represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 2009 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2007 to 2008 playing 9-times won 2-matches and lost 7-matches accumulating 4-points;

Pat O’Brien represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2002 playing 6-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 9-points;

History of Fota Island

It would appear that golf was first played at Fota Island before November, 1886. There is even an argument that it is the second-oldest course in Ireland. The Belfast Newsletter 1st November, reports "Since November 1881, when the Belfast club was instituted, no less than three additional courses have been laid down, in different parts of the country. The second was Fota Island, one of our London contemporaries noticing an opening-game at Fota Island" If this is the case, it may well be the oldest club in Cork, as Kinsale was not mentioned before June, 1883.

The Irish Times on the 6th January, 1906, reads "New links at Fota Island, in the demesne at Fota, Lady Barrymore has laid out a golf-course of nine-holes, which compares favourably with any inland links. Upon them will be played, next month, a stroke-competition under, handicap, for a valuable silver cup, kindly presented by Lady Barrymore. The entries will be open to members of Cork and Rushbrook golf-clubs only"

There is no further mention of golf at Fota Island until the early 1990s, when Christy O’Connor Jnr., designed a new eighteen-hole course. The club was founded in 1993, then, in 1999, a major, redesign was carried out by Jeff Howes. The result was that Fota was the venue of the Murphy’s Irish Open, in 2001, and 2002.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Ann Fitzgerald 1993 Ladies Captain
Eleanor Bruen 1993 Ladies President
Basil Hegarty 1993 Men's Captain
Anthony Murphy 1993 President
Ann Fitzgerald 1994 Ladies Captain
Eleanor Bruen 1994 Ladies President
Basil Hegarty 1994 Men's Captain
Anthony Murphy 1994 President
Ann Fitzgerald 1995 Ladies Captain
Eleanor Bruen 1995 Ladies President
Basil Hegarty 1995 Men's Captain
Anthony Murphy 1995 President
Anne Horgan 1996 Ladies Captain
D. Dwyer 1996 Ladies President
Michael Madigan 1996 Men's Captain
Edward Gleeson 1996 President
Rose McGinn 1997 Ladies Captain
D. Dwyer 1997 Ladies President
Michael Enright 1997 Men's Captain
Roddy Galvin 1997 President
Margot Mulcahy 1998 Ladies Captain
Mary McKechnie 1998 Ladies President
Frank Kelly 1998 Men's Captain
Joseph O'Connor 1998 President
Marie O'Donoghue 1999 Ladies Captain
Mary McKechnie 1999 Ladies President
Cormac Spain 1999 Men's Captain
Tom Raftery 1999 President
Anne O'Hourihane 2000 Ladies Captain
Daireen Foott 2000 Ladies President
John Downes 2000 Men's Captain
Peter Barry 2000 President
Ger Mulcahy 2001 Ladies Captain
Daireen Foott 2001 Ladies President
Liam McGinn 2001 Men's Captain
Ulick Cronin 2001 President
Rose Nagle 2002 Ladies Captain
Una English 2002 Ladies President
Finbar Cotter 2002 Men's Captain
Peadar O'Hourihane 2002 President
Mary Daunt 2003 Ladies Captain
Ida O'Riordan 2003 Ladies President
Joe O'Connor 2003 Men's Captain
Johnny Downes 2003 President
Patricia Coughlin 2004 Ladies Captain
Marie O'Mullane 2004 Ladies President
John Roche 2004 Men's Captain
George Mellerick 2004 President
Rose McKenna 2005 Ladies Captain
Anne Smith 2005 Ladies President
Gabriel McCarthy 2005 Men's Captain
Kieran Galvin 2005 President
Eileen Twomey 2006 Ladies Captain
Oonagh Hegarty 2006 Ladies President
Michael Long 2006 Men's Captain
Bernard Brennan 2006 President
Pauline Hoey 2007 Ladies Captain
June Barry 2007 Ladies President
Frank Holt 2007 Men's Captain
Liam Treacy 2007 President
Brid Cronin 2008 Ladies Captain
Anne O'Hourihane 2008 Ladies President
Sean Nolan 2008 Men's Captain
Carl Dillon 2008 President
Rose Beamish 2009 Ladies Captain
Leta Sue Brady 2009 Ladies President
Tim Desmond 2009 Men's Captain
Peter Coughlan 2009 President
Marie O'Mullane 2010 Ladies Captain
Mary Daunt 2010 Ladies President
Edwin Ryan 2010 Men's Captain
Diarmuid O'Neill 2010 President
Mary O'Leary 2011 Ladies Captain
Mary McKenna 2011 Ladies President
Peter Coughlan 2011 Men's Captain
Noel Rooney 2011 President
Mary McCaffrey 2012 Ladies Captain
Lorraine Stanley 2012 Ladies President
Tom Hennessy 2012 Men's Captain
Tim Desmond 2012 President
Patricia O'Sullivan 2013 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Beamish
2013 Ladies President
Liam Treacy 2013 Men's Captain
Pat O'Callaghan
2013 President
Caroline Hennessy 2014 Ladies Captain
Truus Boelhouwer 2014 Ladies President
David Quirke 2014 Men's Captain
Tom Hennessy 2014 President
Anne M. Horgan 2015 Ladies Captain
Mary O'Brien
2015 Ladies President
Pat O'Callaghan
2015 Men's Captain
Michael O'Connell
2015 President
Mary Vaughan 2016 Ladies Captain
Mary O'Brien
2016 Ladies President
Fergal Hayes 2016 Men's Captain
Philip Vaughan
2016 President
Mary Corbett 2017 Ladies Captain
  2017 Ladies President
Michael O'Driscoll 2017 Men's Captain
  2017 President
Kate McCann (3) 2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Ross O’Sullivan 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Keith Crowley 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Thomas O'Flynn 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Colm O’Sullivan 2016 Lowest Men's Handicap
J. Keating 2016 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Fota Island

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Eamonn O'Connor 17 January 1998 3rd   156 yd's
Dermot Mc Kenna 1 February 2000 11th   168 yd’s
Peader O'Hourihan 26 March 2000 3rd   156 yd's
John A. Brophey 13 March 2000 11th   168 yd's
Michael Flynn 22 April 2006 17th   203 yd’s
Martin Brennan 17 June 2006 7th   168 yd’s
Richard Forsythe 27 July 2007 12th   170 yd’s
Danny Willett 21 June 2014 7th 8-Iron 179 yd's