Bank Holiday Opens to Kick Start Season

Liam Burns

Liam Burns from Youghal reports that the course is in great condition

St Patrick’s weekend always marks the start of the golfing season, and this weekend a large number of Cork clubs are kicking off their season with the start of the open competitions.  Youghal is one of those clubs, they are holding a three person champagne scramble over Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Youghal kept all 18 holes open through the winter but with members playing 14 or 15 hole competitions it meant that several holes were rested allowing for winter maintenance.  A sanding programme was completed over the winter and the greens have been running true and quick over the past few weeks.  The club recently concluded their spring league which ran over four weeks, and open and counting competitions will return for members and guests.  The entry fee this weekend is just €20 and bookings can be made through Liam Burns in the Pro Shop on 024 92590.

Fermoy have brought a nice twist to their champagne scramble on Monday, the winning team will receive magnums of champagne.  And with an entry fee of just €15 per person it offers some great value on the bank holiday.  On Saturday Fermoy have an open singles competition for €20, and on Sunday you can play in the open two ball scramble for €20, and that includes a meal.  Bookings can be made by calling the club on 025 31472.  Fota Island have open events running over four days.  From tomorrow through to Sunday you can experience the tour quality course and the famous clubhouse burger for €55 per person.  On Monday there’s an open singles on the Deerpark Continue reading

Nine Hole Membership at Fota Island

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The driving range at the Fota Island Academy

Things rarely stay still in Fota Island and 2018 has brought about another positive move for the resort.  Fota are now offering a new category of membership that gives golfers access to the tour level academy and playing access to the nine holes surrounding the academy.  Often known as the new nine – although the holes are there for well over a decade – the layout wraps around the academy range and practice greens.  While Academy members had the option to play the nine holes last year, the new development give them much wider access as well as the crucially important option to hold an official GUI or ILGU handicap.  Fota Island Marketing Director Seamus Leahy explained that the 2018 development is part of an ongoing programme to bring the benefits of membership to a wider audience.  “Effectively there is now a 9 hole CSS and we’ve seen significant interest in the membership.  We see this as a five-year project to help grow and development new members – especially the time poor golfer” explained Leahy.  “The higher quality product is more readily available, and the opportunity to bring the lessons learnt to a course environment is a big advantage.  The existing academy members are Continue reading

Masters Special at Fota Island

Fota Island's 10th Green

Fota Island’s 10th Green

To celebrate the first golf major of the year, Fota Island are running an open singles competition all weekend, with a major prize on offer for the winner.  Starting today and running through to Sunday, the open singles will take place on the Deerpark course, the setting for the 2014 Irish Open.  Entry for the competition is €50 per person and the Masters on television in the clubhouse it’s a great way to start the golfing season.  The first prize for the Masters weekend competition is membership to the Fota Island Academy for the season.  The prize which is valid until December includes access to the incredible practice facilities in the Academy, regular ball credit, and access to the Barryscourt nine holes that surround the extensive academy grounds.  There are other prizes on offer also, second place will win a custom fit session with PGA Professional Ronan Collins in the Academy’s state Continue reading

Collins at home in Fota Island Academy

Fota Island Academy_Ronan Collins_3 (002)He might only be there since the start of 2017, however Ronan Collins has been busy heading up the Fota Island Academy’s new custom-fitting programme.  Ronan’s appointment was just one step on a journey to refresh what was on offer from the tour standard teaching and practice facility.  After upgrading their Trackman launch monitor systems, the Academy brought in club fitting systems from all of the major manufacturers.  The Academy is now a one stop shop for any golfer looking to examine their game.  Having launch the Academy in 2006, Fota Island reinvested in their teaching bays, and upgraded their analysis tools to incorporate the latest Trackman technology.  The new Trackman 4 system can be used in the specialised indoor fitting bays or on the range, and also includes the putting analysis software making it an essential resource for the five-star resort.  Ronan is a seasoned PGA Professional and is ideally placed to analyse and advise golfers having worked directly for Callaway as a Continue reading

Fota date for Irish Kids Golf Tour

Irish Kids Golf Tour Poster (002)A new kids golf event is coming to Cork, the Munster event on the Irish Kids golf tour takes place in Fota Island in August.  There are four provincial events planned for this year with Mount Juliet hosting the first event in early July.  There’s also an “All-Ireland”

Organiser Gordon Smyth “It’s to help develop and fill a key niche in junior golf in Ireland, the ‘Irish Kids Golf Tour’ provides an elite setting for junior golfers to compete safely & enjoyably in a professionally run Tour on Ireland’s best courses.  Established in 2017 to serve competitive junior golfers and their families, the ‘Irish Kids Golf Tour’ offers professionally-conducted competitions, helps develop players on and off the golf course and prepares them for competitive golf and life beyond childhood.”

While the Mount Juliet event is fully booked there are space available for the Fota Island date.  Irish Kids Golf Tour events are open to both boys and girls aged 13 and Continue reading

Swing into Oktober with Golfest at Fota Island Resort



Fota-Sign_1Fota Island have used the Oktober theme to launch a new golf and food offer for the month of October.  For €59 golfers can avail of Golfest which includes 18 holes of golf, the special Golfest menu at the recently refurbished Clubhouse and a pint of Chieftan IPA.  In addition to the offer, there are several prizes to be won, including a bumper trip to Germany.  The golfer with the best score registered at the end of the month will win the top prize of a weekend trip for two to Munich including flights and accommodation.  Other prizes include a weekend break for two at Fota Island Resort and also dinner for four at The Kingsley.  The offer is available seven days a week, although tee times may be limited on certain days.

Fota Island Resort was the host venue for the Irish Open on three occasions.  The three championship golf course layouts are set in beautiful parkland scenery, and are maintained to the very highest of standards to ensure golfers enjoyment this Oktober.  The offer also includes a special Golfest menu.  Embracing the tradition of Oktoberfest the menu features chicken schnitzel, bratwurst with a sourdough baguette or venison hotpot.  Served with a pint of Chieftain IPA, it’s the perfect end to a long Autumn day spent on the golf course.  Advance booking is required in order to avail of the special rate and offer.  While many courses will be seeing a natural drop off in traffic over the coming months, Fota will remain a busy place.  The extensive sanding programme, which has been taking place for over 15 years has ensured a consistent playing experience for golfers all year around.  The Academy will also see a large increase in traffic over the winter as golfers move from play to practice.  As well as covered and open driving bays and a large range, the Academy features an extensive short game area.




Fota Island win AST Trophy in Cobh

Fota Islans AST Trophy 2016Fota Island won the AST Trophy in Cobh on Friday with a great performance to beat the 12 other teams.  The players on the winning Fota Island team were: Ben Quigley, Cian Long, Evan Murphy, Ronan O’Connell and Shane Galvin.  They had a three point win over Lee Valley and Monkstown took third place.  Fota’s Evan Murphy had the best boys score while Catherine Cronin from Muskerry led the girls.  The event which is now in it’s 4th year is sponsored by Adrian and Suzanne Tanzer.


Gallery: AST Trophy 2016

1st – Fota Island (161 Points)
2nd – Lee Continue reading