Fota the perfect venue for tournament golf

 

Gary O'Flaherty Geoff Lenehan

Gary O’Flaherty & Geoff Lenehan pictured during practice today at Fota Island

Fota Island has proven itself to be the perfect tournament venue and next week it will host the GUI Senior Interprovincials.  The famous Deerpark course has a long-standing association with top level tournament golf, hosting European Tour, Seniors Tour, ILGU PGA and GUI events.  It’s a three time host for the Irish Open, in 2001 and 2002 it hosted the Murphy’s Irish Open and attracted record crowds as the Cork headquartered Brewery wrapped up their nine-year sponsorship of the competition.  More recently Fota attracted 100,000 spectators during the 2014 Irish Open.  As a championship venue, the Deerpark course in Fota has been lengthened but very little else has happened to the Jeff Howes designed course.  Tightly cut fairways, strategic bunkering, and receptive true greens are all hallmarks of the Fota golf experience.  While the vast majority of competitions held in Fota have been strokeplay, it’s also a wonderful course for matchplay.  The signature par five 18th makes for a great finishing hole with the possibility of eagle, par or even bogey ready to make or break a match.  Indeed the 17th and the 16th are also likely places where matches will be settled.

The AIG Senior Cup qualifiers took place in Fota last year and it led to some dramatic finishes on the closing holes.  Fota’s Director of Golf Kevin Morris has been heading up the golf operation for Fota Island for all of the major tournaments and he see’s next week as another opportunity for the course to provide a great challenge for some of Ireland’s top amateurs.  “We’re delighted to be hosting the inter provincials this year” said Morris, and we look forward to welcoming the golfers.  They will enjoy competing on a proven tournament course that will test every aspect of the player’s game.  The course is in excellent shape and playing its full length.”

Phil Cooney Jim Nolan

Munster Captain  Phil Cooney pictured with Team Manager Jim Nolan

Fota Island was one of the first of the Cork courses to see the recovery in golf, one that has now started to spread to all clubs and courses.  While Fota Island have a wide range of green fee and open competition options available most weeks, they are holding their annual open week at the end of July.  Golfers will have the opportunity to play the course at reduced rates during the week and the winners will also take home some pretty good prizes.

 

Fota Island Open Week July 25th to 30th :
Monday 25th – (Senior Over 55’s) Team of 4 – €100 per team
Tuesday 26th – Ladies Team of 3 – €105 per team
Wednesday 27th  – Open Fourball – €40 per golfer
Friday 29thand Saturday 30th – Open Singles – €50 per golfer
All competitions will be played on The Deerpark Course.

Fota Island