Changes ahead for Fernhill members

fernhillThe members of Fernhill Golf Club in Carrigaline received a shock last week when they were informed that the owners would not be renewing club memberships in January 2017.  Having confirmed 2017 membership terms only a few weeks ago, the latest from the owners is that they can no longer fund the ongoing losses.  It’s unclear if the course will close from January or if it will revert to a pay and play facility.  In recent years the owners developed a covered driving range and short game area.

This is second time that the club is facing closure.  At the outset of planning for the N28 over a decade ago, the owner decided not to renew the arrangement with the club members.  At that stage there was speculation that the course may be used for development, but it continued to operate as a pay and play facility.  In 2007 the club was re-established and it was also re-affiliated with the Golfing Union of Ireland.  A ladies club  was also established.

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Pro-Am Final for Fernhill and Fota Island


Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Ð Pro-Am Qualifying Competition

Pauline J McKechnie & Anthony O’Connell (Fota Island GC) taking part in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Qualifying Competition at Dooks, Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

Two Cork clubs will be represented at the K Club today for the final of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge.  Both Fernhill and Fota Island will play in a fourball qualifier that will see the winning team qualify to play in the Irish Open Pro-Am next week.  Pauline J McKechnie and Anthony O’Connell will represent Fota Island while Cathy McGuinness and Tony O’Donovan will head out in Fernhill colours.  Killarney and Tipperary were the other successful qualifiers from the competition which was held in Dooks Golf Club two weeks ago.

22 teams from golf clubs across Ireland will do battle this today on the Smurfit Course at The K Club in the final of this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge – with a chance to play alongside international golf superstars and world famous celebrities in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro–Am at stake.

The qualifying events took place at five of Ireland’s top golf courses, including Powerscourt GC in County Wicklow, Hollystown GC in Dublin, Rockmount GC in Belfast, Dooks GC in County Kerry and Galway Bay Golf Club, all of whom donated their excellent facilities in support of this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Ð Pro-Am Qualifying Competition

Cathy McGuinness and Tony O’Donovan (Fernhill GC) taking part in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Qualifying Competition at Dooks, Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

The theme for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club (May 19-22) is ‘History in the Making’ and that will certainly be the case when, for the first time ever, one lucky club team lines up to play alongside a top golfer in the prestigious Pro-Am competition.  This initiative is part of Europe’s Race to Dubai Champion Rory McIlroy’s five-point plan to drum up support for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open from Ireland’s 420 golf clubs, as well as helping to further develop the game of golf in Ireland. For more information on the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation or to purchase tickets


Fernhill & Fota through to Irish Open Pro-Am Qualifier Final

Dooks was the venue yesterday for the Munster staging of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am qualifier.  Close to 30 teams from clubs all over Munster took part in the fourball competition.  The top four clubs have qualified for the final which takes place in The K Club in two weeks.  Tony O’Donovan and Cathy McGuinness from Fernhill combined for a winning 43 points to finish first on the day.  Fota Island’s Anthony O’Connor and Pauline McKechnie took fourth place with 41 points to also book their place in the final.  Tipperary and Killarney were the other qualifiers.


Dooks Golf Club

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge is one of the key elements of Rory McIlroy’s ‘five point plan’ to encourage golf clubs to Continue reading

Weather Continues to Disrupt Golfing Plans

Course ClosedThe last nine weeks have been challenging for Cork’s golfing community, to borrow a phrase from Muskerry, it started with Abigail and continues with Imogen.  The past two months have been unprecedented in terms of the disruption caused by the weather.  While a bit of frost and even snow might be expected, the volumes of rainfall have effectively shut down the business of golf across the county and beyond.  While course and clubhouse damage has been minimal, the disruption has been severe.  Courses, bars and restaurants and pro-shops have all been affected, with courses in particular seeing footfall drop to close to zero since November.  Muskerry is a case in point, the ladies club has completed just one competition since November with eight consecutive cancellations since the start of December.  The Men’s club in Muskerry hasn’t fared much better with seventeen competitions cancelled since November.  It’s not all bad news however as the club has succeeded in growing it’s Continue reading

Putting Clinics from Wayne O’Callaghan

PGA Professional Wayne O’Callaghan is giving golfers plenty of options when it comes to preparing for the new season.  While many courses are still closed, the range at Fernhill and Wayne’s indoor performance studio are both open for business.  Wayne is running an innovative putting clinic next month where a maximum of four students will be taken through their paces on the green.  Wayne O'Callaghan Profile PicWayne explained how he’s planning to run the clinics: “First of all the clinic involves putter fitting, checking if the the length and loft of the putter suits a student – using the academy’s quinticballroll software.  It will also cover green reading which covers the grain on greens, moisture and how they can affect break and pace.  A number of training aids will be used to tighten up the length and stroke path. Finally drills on getting long putts closer to the hole on a regular basis and short putting drills and data on tour pros shared.”  Details of the dates and times of all the classes are available from Continue reading

Fernhill Growing and Rebuilding

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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