Cork Golf Club scooped the Munster Parkland Course of the Year award at the Golfers Guide to Ireland awards last week. The publishers of the Golfers Guide to Ireland, announced the results of its annual golf business awards, which cove red parkland and links clubs, golf resorts and hotels specialising in golf travel and tourism. It was Cork’s third time to win the award in the past four years and a testament to the work that has taken place to further develop and improve the course. The renowned Alister McKenzie course in Little Island remains close to the original design of almost 100 years, although the club has continually upgraded and modernised the layout. The course hosted several national competitions in the 20’s after the McKenzie redesign, and has continued on the national and provincial rota ever since. The original par of the course was 78 and although its dropped to 72, the gradual lengthening of the course over several years has ensured that the challenge remains in one of Ireland’s favourite courses.
Cork GC Capitan Fergal Deasy “Cork Golf Club is delighted once again to receive this award for Best Parkland Course in Munster .This is our third such award in four years and while we continue to invest in our course and facilities, we are thrilled to be recognised in this way by Golfers Guide to Ireland. This award confirms our high standing in all rankings.” Government representative, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD presented the awards which recognise leadership roles played by Irish Golf Clubs and associated golf interests on the island of Ireland. She welcomed the 2014 report issued by Fáilte Ireland which revealed that 163,000 visitors played golf while here and accounted for €200m in revenue in 2012. The report also emphasised the high levels of satisfaction experienced by our visitors which formed the foundation for continued success into the future, she said. Recent exchange rate changes could help 2015 to be great year for clubs who market to visitors. The 2015 edition of Golfers Guide to Ireland is now in it’s 25th year of publication making it Ireland’s longest established golf guide. 30,000 copies of the 2015 guide have been printed and is available free of charge through every golf club in Ireland. On-line versions have been distributed to golf clubs in Japan, Sweden, the UK and North America.
While the course is accessible to all golfers through open competitions, society events and charity classics, the club is currently open for membership. Applications are now being accepted in all categories including corporate membership. Anyone interested in applying for membership should contact Matt Sands.
There were other Cork winners on the night when Dun Laoighre and Co Down won the overall national awards. The Munster Resort of the Year award went to Fota Island, they had a unique 0214 as they hosted the showpiece Irish Open, it’s first return to Cork in 14 years. Mallow Golf Club won the Hidden Gem award and the Links Course award for Munster went to Waterville. While Waterville is not a Cork course, it is a favourite of a large number of Cork golfers. Cork Golf Club will host the Munster Strokeplay Championship which is again taking place on the 2nd & 3rd May.