Fota Island first with New Tech

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Jack Howard from Fota Island with the new TagMarshal devices

Everyone knows that pace of play, more commonly described as slow play, is a big problem in golf, and Fota Island is the first Cork course to introduce a new technological aid to help manage this issue.  The five-star resort is one of the first courses in Ireland to launch the groundbreaking Tagmarshal system.  The new system provides and easy way to monitor every group on the course.  A small gps unit is given to each group when they start, and the unit reports back to a base station in real time, collecting live information on the pace of play.  The base station (which is actually an iPad) relates the live information to the bank current and historic information.  Using data analytics and advanced algorithms, the system creates a heat map which identifies areas on the course where delays are likely to happen.  As the system tracks golfers in real time, any group that’s out of position can be easily identified.  Prior to the use of this technology, many courses including Fota Island would have used a course marshal.  While a roving course marshal will have a good understanding of Continue reading

Open Season at Fota Island

Fota Island's 10th Green

The US Open begins tomorrow, and as part of the ongoing Masters Open Series, Fota Island have a special offer running for the duration of the tournament.  From tomorrow through to Sunday, golfers can avail of a special green fee rate of €60 (incl Sat & Sun) and that includes a main course special in The Clubhouse.  Bookings can be made online or through the Pro Shop by calling 021 4883700.

The course in Fota is in great condition, and having worked through on the continuous improvement ethos that exists at the five star resort, golfers will benefit from the attention to detail from the golf team, turning a round of golf into a great experience.  As well as the ongoing work on the 27 hole layout, some major improvements have also taken at The Academy where new tees and a selection of target greens have been added to the range to enhance the experience and allow golfers to maximise their practice time.  Lessons, custom fitting, and new gym are also available.  Membership of the Academy, including access to the nine holes that surround it, is open and full details are available from any member of the Pro Shop team.

Higgins & Sugrue claim Fota Island win, Munster PGA Winter Series

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Munster PGA Captain Padraig Dooley pictured with Cian McNamara and Brian, Liam and David Higgins prior to the Munster PGA event in Fota Island on Monday. Picture: Niall O’Shea

The Munster PGA got their Winter Series off to a great start on Monday with a very successful competition in Fota Island.  Close to thirty club professionals turned out for the first event of the series, one of four events planned to take place before Christmas.  Fota Island was the venue for the first outing, with the three time Irish Open venue hosting the popular fourball as usual.  Comeptition was close, that was until the card from David Higgins and  Dan Sugrue came in with the Kerry pair claiming first place.  Higgins is a regular winner in the series but it was the first win in a while for Sugrue.  The Dooks based Professional was in hospital following a very serious operation just 11 months ago, but it was like old times on Monday when the Kerry native came home in first place.  Sugrue had five birdies, including three in a row from the 5th to the 7th.  Sugrue’s -5 was Continue reading

CIT Partner with Fota Island Academy

CIT Fota Island Academy Feb 2018CIT Golf Club made a major announcement recently when they partnered with Fota Island Academy.  The new partnership between will facilitate student membership at the Academy.  The Academy at the famous Fota Island Resort makes an ideal base for the CIT Golf Squad, meeting their requirements with its excellent indoor and outdoor facilities.  Along with this, as Academy Members the nine students have a weekly allocation of range ball credit and, most importantly they will have valuable access to on course practice with the inclusion of playing the nine holes on the Barryscourt course in their membership.  Fred Twomey, the Munster GUI High Performance Lead Coach & CIT Golf Coach and Fota Island’s Director of Golf Kevin Morris arranged the new partnership together, with the initial approach suggested by CIT student David O’Sullivan, who Continue reading

Rice wins in Fota Island, Munster PGA Winter Series

Munster PGA Fota Island Tim Rice Nov 2017_2Tim Rice won the opening event of the Munster PGA winter series with a fine three under par 69 in Fota Island today.  The Limerick man took the honours with a two shot win over the field.  Playing on the Deerpark course in Fota, Rice went out in level par, although he birdied the fifth he gave the shot back on the next hole.  He birdied the 10th and then finished strongly with birdies on the 17th and 18th.  Although there was fine weather and only a light breeze, the course put up a tough test with only three golfers breaking par.  David Ryan and John Sugrue shared second place, both finished on a one under par 71.  Munster PGA Captain Cian McNamara was 4th after a level par 70 while Ger Broderick won the over 45 prize.  Shane Irwin won the Assistants prize and the team prize went to Padraig McGrath, Mark Beckett, Stephen Hayes and Davey Barry.

Almost 30 Munster Pro’s turned out for the first event of the season, which was sponsored by Ray Walsh and Acushnet.  Munster Captain Cian McNamara thanked everyone for supporting the event and Ray Walsh for his sponsorship.  He also thanked Kevin Morris from Fota Island and complimented the staff on the quality of the course.  The greens were in great condition as usual and the tightly cut fairways demanded precision.  The second event of the series takes place on Castlemartyr next week and another large attendance is expected.  The series has reverted to a pro-only format with prizes available in three categories in addition to a team prize.

Gallery: Munster PGA Winter Series, Fota Island

Fota Island Prize Winners – sponsored by Titleist Footjoy

(1)    Tim Rice  68
(2)    David Ryan / John Sugrue 70.
(4)    Cian McNamara  71
(5)    Steve Hayes, Donal McSweeney, Billy O’Boyle, Padraig McGrath  72

Over 45’s:   Ger Broderick   74
Assistants:  Shane Irwin     75
Team Prize: Padraig McGrath, Stephen Hayes, Mark Beckett, Davey Barry

Munster PGA, Fota Island Resort, 13th Nov 2017


Busy Autumn at Fota Island Academy

Fota Island Academy_Ronan Collins_3 (002)For many people, Autumn marks the end of the golf season, but that’s not the case for teaching professional Ronan Collins.  Ronan is based in the Academy at Fota Island and he’s looking forward to a busy off-season as many golfers will continue to work on their games over the winter months.  Collins joined the team in Fota earlier this year and has had a great first season at the Academy.  “I have loved my first summer in Fota Island, the warmth and support that I received from staff and members at the club has been fantastic” said Ronan on his first few months.  “I’m looking forward to a busy winter season ahead with group lessons planned as well as new product releases It is always an exciting time of the year.”  Having qualified in Monkstown under Batt Murphy, Collins is now a seasoned teaching pro, and having spent time in teaching, retail and custom fitting roles, he’s now delighted with his move to Fota.  “I find my job very fulfilling; I get to spend my day in top class facilities helping golfers improve their games in many ways” said Collins from his base at the Academy.  “With some I see improvements through lessons and others I see improvements Continue reading

Oktober Treat at Fota Island

Fota Island_1_2017Autumn is here and so too Golfest as Fota Island gets into the Oktoberfest spirit.  Now in it’s second year, Golfest will be run on more than a dozen separate dates in October.  For €59 golfers can enter the Oktoberfest competition and also avail a special meal after their round.  Embracing the tradition of Oktoberfest the menu features chicken schnitzel, bratwurst with a sourdough baguette or venison hotpot. Dinner is served with a pint of Chieftain IPA, finishing off the Oktoberfest experience for golfers.  All competitions will be held on the Deerpark course which successfully hosted the Irish Open in 2014.  The best score registered at the end of the month will win the top prize of a custom fit set of Callaway Apex Irons.  Dates and times are available throughout October and bookings can be made online or by contacting the Pro Shop in Fota Island.  The competition starts next week with times available on Thursday and Friday.  Last year the resort ran a similar event, with a top prize of a trip to Munich for the overall winner.  Despite a huge number of entries and stiff competition, the top prize went to Billy O’Donovan from Dunmore Golf Continue reading

Fota Island Open Week

Fota Island's 10th GreenFota Island’s Open Week starts tomorrow with different events on each day.  On Monday the 24th of July, golfers can enjoy Over 55’s Fourball at €100 per team.  Ladies Three Ball Better Ball will take place on Tuesday at €35 per person and Open Singles at €40 per golfer takes place on Wednesday.  On Thursday there’s an Open Fourball at €40 per golfer and Friday will once again host Open Singles at €40 per head, ending Fota Island Resort’s Open Week with specials that everyone can enjoy.

Commenting on Fota Island Resort’s Open Week Séamus Leahy, Director of Marketing at Fota Island Resort, said: “The team at Fota Island Resort really look forward to Open Week each year and the buzz it creates. It is great to see so many enthusiastic golfers enjoying the world-class facilities.”  Visit to learn more about Fota Island Resort’s Open Week and check out the online golf booking, or contact the Pro Shop directly by phone at 021 488 3700 or via email at

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 Island Academy Open Week

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The driving range at the Fota Island Academy, Picture: Niall O’Shea

Open Week at Fota Island Golf Academy is just around the corner, beginning the 3rd of April and running until the 7th of April at its golf resort in Cork.

Fota Island Golf Academy will open its doors to keen golfers for the week between 10am and 6pm allowing guests to experience the finest and most comprehensive golf training facilities in the country as well as allowing guests the opportunity to hit some balls and play the Barryscourt 9.

Ideal for those who want to improve their game, the Fota Island Golf Academy offers a sophisticated analysis of swing, putt and technique, as well as excellent, comfortable and relaxing surroundings and invaluable advice from professional trainers along with expert tuition. The finest selection Continue reading