Skibbereen Offer for New Golfers

Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club have launched a new membership scheme which should prove very attractive to many of Cork’s golfers.  They are set to take advantage of a new handicapping rule, they have just launched an innovative club membership scheme with an annual cost of just €175.  New rules which come in from the 1st March mean that golfers can only play in qualifying competitions outside of their home club only if they have three qualifying rounds in their home club in the previous 12 months.  This has the potential to disrupt many of those golfers who hold distance memberships in clubs outside Cork, especially those who play most of their golf in local open competitions while not playing in their home course.  The €175 membership option includes three rounds of golf to comply with the handicapping rules.  Continue reading

Quinlivan Wins Munster PGA Event

There was local success in the Munster PGA winter series as Mike Quinlivan won in the Cobra Singles in Dromoland Castle last week.  The Rathbane based PGA Professional shot a three under par 69 to win the event by a single shot.  Fernhill’s Wayne O’Callaghan was second with 70 and Monkstown’s Cian McNamara was third with a 71.  David Foley and David Ryan were tied for fourth place with a one over par 73.  Continue reading

Good Times for Cobh Golf Club

Cobh Golf Club 2It’s almost six years since Cobh Golf Club moved into their new course in Marino Point and while it wasn’t all plain sailing, the club has over 550 full members and a wonderful championship course.    Despite a huge fall off in the number of golfers over the past five years, Cobh has survived and is set to thrive as golf is beginning to grow again.  The 6,600 yard Hawtree designed course opened sits proudly over Cork Harbour with spectacular views of Monkstown and the City to the south and east, and Little Island and Fota to the north.  Continue reading

Fernhill Growing and Rebuilding

Golf_Fernhill_Drive In_Feb 2015

Fernhill Golf Club is one of a few Cork clubs to see their membership numbers increase over the past five years, in a time when many clubs have seen a decline in membership.  The Carrigaline facility re-affiliated to the Golfing Union of Ireland in 2010 and since then it has seen membership in all categories jump to almost 500 members across ladies, gents and juniors.  With a new route for the N28 (Cork – Ringaskiddy) announced before Christmas, the long term future of the course is now assured, with the new road avoiding the course and running to the north of Fernhill.  Continue reading