Fota Island Resort golf club Cork
Fota Island Resort Golf Course
Venue of the Irish Open Championship from 19th to 22nd June 2014.
With an additional nines holes recently added to the estate, Fota Island Resort offers a choice of three distinctly challenging courses.
The Par 71 Deerpark (The original) with receptive greens and strategic bunkering impresses even the most experienced professionals. The stunning 18th is a truly remarkable feature of this course, and will undoubtedly bring your round to the prefect conclusion.
The Belvelly, a Par 72 course, includes the new nine hole layout – which was also developed by Jeff Howes. While incorporating some unique and exciting features, intended to challenge even the most competitive golfer, the course remains perfectly loyal to the traditional style and values that characterise Fota Island as a whole.
The Par 73 Barryscourt, with its gently undulating greens, will demand that your putting game is in top shape. What’s more, the newly designed par three 8th Hole – cleverly guarded with a variety of hazards – will reward those who possess the advantage of an accurate tee-shot.
Fota Island Resort was, awarded with the accolade as "The Best Golf Course of the Year" for 2001, by the Irish Golf Tours Operators Association.
Fota Island is located in the heart of a 780-acre estate, which is included in the "Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes of Ireland". The splendid woodlands are woven into a challenging par 71 Championship Course, which is complemented by an impressive driving range, with practice putting and chipping greens.
Fota Island was the venue 2001 and 2002 Murphy’s Irish Open, joining the august company of Ballybunion, Portmarnock, Druid’s Glen, Killarney and Mount Juliet as an Irish Open venue.
Golf Digest, USA wrote of Fota, "It’s time for a breath of true golfing air "Fota eschews the Schwarzenegger-like brutality in favour of guile and subtlety. Depending on how you "see" the shot in your mind, you could be playing any of three different clubs. In other words, it makes you think, it’s real golf".
Golf Monthly, U.K. wrote "It’s a mark of imaginative design when a new course appears old before the paint is dry...Some of their innovations evoke other times and other values. Purists will delight at the old fashioned features...you’ll stand in wide-eyed admiration".
Fota Island was voted the No. 32-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2023 (Same);
Fota Island was voted the No. 32-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2022;
Fota Island was voted the No. 31-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2020 (Down-1);
Fota Island was voted the No. 30-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2019 (Same);
Fota Island was voted the No. 30-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Up-1);
Fota Island was voted the No. 31-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Down-1);
Fota Island was voted the No. 30-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Same);
Fota Island was voted the No. 30-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-2);
Fota Island was voted the No. 32-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-5);
Fota Island was voted the No. 37-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-3);
Fota Island was voted the No. 40-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Fota Island was voted the No. 15-ranked parkland golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Fota Island was voted the No. 12 Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.
Fota Island was voted the No. 12 Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.
Fota Island was voted the No. 23-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009.
Fota Island was voted the No. 22-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008.
Fota Island was voted the No. 9 Parkland/Inland Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.
|Green Fees Midweek:||€120|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.:||€120|
|Green Fees 16+ Midweek:||€70|
|Green Fees 16+ Weekends & B.H.:||€80|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€55|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€50|
|Club Hire: €50||Yes|
|Buggy Hire: €40
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||€2,013|
|Full Academy Membership Fee:||€800|
|Website||Fota Island Resort golf club website|
|General Manager:||John O'Flynn|
|Director of Golf:||Kevin Morris
|Lady Captain:||Liz Ryan|
|Presidents':||Kenneth Murphy & Bernie Spain|
|Hon. Secretary:||Mick Fitzgibbon & Marian Britton|
|Head Professional :||Kevin Morris 021-4883700|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Mick Fitzgibbon & Lisa McCarthy|
|Comp. Secretary:||Stephen Brett & Jean Downey|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 11.30pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course
||Dress Code: Neat and casual,|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: None|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Every Day||Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance|
Fota Island Resort Golf Club Fixtures 2023 provisional*
Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (to be Confirmed)
|Captains' & Presidents' Drive-In||Saturday
|President's Prize to the Ladies||Tuesday 2 May||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Tuesday 9 May||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Tuesday 6 June||Closed
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 10 June||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Saturday 26 August
|Lady President's Prize||Tuesday 5 September||Closed||1|
|Fourball||Wednesday 1 March||Open||1|
|Seniors 4-Person Team Event
||Monday 20 March||Open||1|
|Easter Kids' Camp||Tuesday 11 April
||Thursay 13 April||Open||3|
|Easter Kids' Camp||Wednesday 12 April March
|Easter Kids' Camp||Thursay 13 April||Open||1|
|Ladies Scratch Cup||Saturday 17 June||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Monday 24 July
||Monday 31 July||Open||8
||Monday 24 July
|Ladies 4-Person Team Event
||Tuesday 25 July
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 26 July
|Fourball Betterball||Thursday 27 July||Open||1|
|Start of Open Week||Monday 31 July||Monday 7 August||Open||8|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 31 July||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Stableford||Tuesday 1 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Wednesday 2 August||Open||1
||Thursday 3 August||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup (4 to 9)||Friday 4 August||Sunday 6 August
|Junior Scratch Cup (4 to 9)||Saturday 5 August||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup (4 to 9)||Sunday 6 August||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup (10 to 17)||Friday 4 August||Sunday 6 August||Open||3|
|Inter. Scratch Cup (10 to 17)||Saturday 5 August||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup (10 to 17)||Sunday 6 August||Open||1|
|Minor Scratch Cup (18 to 28)||Friday 4 August||Sunday 6 August||Open||3|
|Minor Scratch Cup (18 to 28)||Saturday 5 August||Open||1|
|Minor Scratch Cup (18 to 28)||Sunday 6 August||Open||1|
|Singles Stableford||Monday 7 August||Open||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 71 SSS 71 6,488 yd's|
|Red||Par 72 SSS 72 5,509 yd's|
|Green||Par 71 SSS 69 6,100 yd's|
|Blue||Par 71 SSS 73 6,927 yd's|
Men's Old Course Record Am: 67 Padraig Harrington New Course Pro: 63 Danny Willett 21 June Irish Open 2014
Ladies Course Record:
Fota Island Golf Club reached the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals of the Barton Shield at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on Thursday 7th September 2023 when they lost out to Carton House Golf Club by 7-holes.
In the top match, Sean Barry with John Doyle lost their match against Keith Egan David Shiel and in the bottom match, Keith Crowley with David Howard went down by 5-holes against Marc Boucher with Paul O'Hanlon. Carton House lost the All-Ireland Final the following day against Lisburn by the minimum.
Fota Island Golf Club won the Final of East Munster Barton Shield on Sunday 16th July 2023 at Dungarvan Golf Club when they beat Muskerry Golf Club by 4-Holes.
The Ladies of Fota Island Golf Club were Runners-Up in the All-Ireland Semi-Final of the Irish Women’s Intermediate Cup at Westport Golf Club on Friday 22th September 2023 when they went down to Portumna Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matches.
In the top match Katalin Albert Meagher lost her match against Ann Hynes by 5 and 4, she was followed by Anne O’Connell who won her match on the 19th against Bernie Kilmartin, next on the tee was Marissa O’Flynn who lost her match by the minimum against Martina O’Brien, in the penultimate match Theresa Roche went all the way up the 21st before relinquishing the point against Rachel Madden and in the bottom match Carmel Reardon recorded a 4 and 3 win against Mary McElroy.
The Ladies of Fota Island Golf Club won the Quarter Finals of the Women’s Intermediate Cup on Sunday 3rd September 2023 at Blarney Golf Club when they beat Wicklow Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match. They were led out by Paula Whitley who had a 4 and 3 win against Nora Dunne, she was followed by Kata Meagher who halved her match against Una Doyle when called in, next on the tee was Marissa O’Flynn who recorded a very comfortable 7 and 6 win against Margaret Bolger, the penultimate match of Theresa Roche against Bernie O'Donoghue was halved when called-in and in the bottom match Suzanne Hickey had a 5 and 4 win against Grainne Lavery.
The Ladies of Fota Island Golf Club won the Final of East Munster Women’s Intermediate Cup on Saturday 29th July 2023 at Kinsale Golf Club when they beat Cahir Park Golf Club by 3-matches to 2-matchs.
The Ladies from Fota Island Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Quarter-Final of the Irish Women’s Junior Foursomes on Saturday 26th August 2023 at Enniscorthy Golf Club when they lost out to Old Conna Golf Club by 2½-matches to ½-match.
In the top match Wendy Keenan with Bernie Spain lost their match by 4 and 3 against Laura O’Kiersey with Alison Eggers, they were followed by Paula Whitely with Theresa Roche who lost their match against Geraldine Hutchinson with Linda Finnegan and the bottom match of Marissa O’Flynn with Kata Meagher was halved against Monica Purcell with Paula Healy.
The Ladies of Fota Island Golf Club won the East Munster Women’s Junior Foursomes at Fermoy Golf Club when they beat the Ladies from Youghal Golf Club on Sunday 23rd of July 2023.
Paula Whitley with Suzanne Hickey put the first point on the board for Fota Island and the title was secured when Marissa O’Flynn with Theresa Roche won the final match.
The Ladies of Fota Island Golf Club were Runners-Up in the Final of East Munster Women’s Senior Foursomes on Sunday 16th July 2023 at Mallow Golf Club when they lost out to Douglas Golf Club by 2½-matches to ½-match.
Young John Doyle won the Irish Boy's at Monkstown Golf Club in July 2023 and was selected on the Munster Under-18 Interprovincial Team played at Ballykisteen Golf Club on 21st and 22nd August 2023.
The other members of the team were Donnacha Cleary (Tipperary Golf Club), Sean Deasy, Jack Murphy & James Walsh (Douglas Golf Club), Mark Gazi (Tralee Golf Club) and Lucas Lyons (Limerick Golf Club).
They were Captained by Liam Troy (Thurles Golf Club) and John Fennessy (Clonmel Golf Club).
The Ladies from Fota Island Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals of the Women’s Junior Cup at Knightsbrook Golf Club on Friday 16th September 2022 and were drawn against the Ladies from Royal Portrush Golf Club and lost their match by 3-matches to 2-matches.
Norma Hill led them out and put the first point on the board with a 4 and 3 win against Poppy Hastings, she was followed by Deirdre Ryan who lost out by 5 and 3 against Ella Proctor, next on the tee was Sel O’Leary who lost her match against Julia Currie by 4 and 3, in penultimate match Aileen Sweeney-O’Sullivan had a convincing 4 and 3 win against Jo Donaldson, in the bottom and deciding match Lorraine Stanley lost her match against Siobhan McHugh by 3 and 2.
The Ladies of Fota Island won the Munster Final of the Intermediate Cup when they beat Kanturk Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 match at Youghal Golf Club on Saturday 21st August 2010. First on the tee was Mary Daunt (16) who beat Nuala Meade (19) by 3 and 2, she was followed by Mary O'Leary (16) who won her match against Bernie O'Connor (20) by 4and 2, next up was Patricia O'Sullivan (17) who won by a similar margin against Martina Dennehy (20). The bottom two matches of Patricia Coughlan (18) against Margaret Fitzgerald (21) and Rose Beamish (18) against Nora Mary Ring (22) were halved when called in.
They made the long journey to Donabate Golf Club where they met Ulster Champions Dungannon Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Friday 24th September, first up was Mary Daunt (16) who lost her match to Ann Currie (17) by 5 and 4, she was followed by Mary O'Leary (17) who won her match against Hazel Annesley (17) by 2 and 1, next up was Patricia Coughlan (17) who lost her match to Celia Devlin (20) by 6 and 4, the penultimate match of Patricia O'Sullivan (18) was a close fought match against Lorraine Wilson (20) when Patricia won by 1-hole, the bottom match of Rose Beamish (18) was a comfortable 5 and 3 win over Ann Shields (20).
They met Mid-Leinster Champions Kilcoole Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final the following day, they were led again by Mary Daunt (16) who lost her match 5 and 3 against Loretto McDermott (17), she was followed by Mary O'Leary (17) who had a 3 and 2 win over Angela Maher (18), next up was Patricia Coughlan (17) who lost her match by 3 and 2 against Joan Donnelly (19), the penultimate match of Patricia O'Sullivan (18) was halved against Pauline Doyle (20) and the bottom match of Rose Beamish (18) was a resounding 7 and 6 win for Karen Horsfall (20).
Lady Captain Rose Negle, Captain Finbar Cotter and P. Hourihane, qualified for the National Finals of the Mercedes-Benz Irish Independent Executive Golf Classic at The K Club on August 12th 2002.
The Ladies of Fota Island Golf Club won the ILGU Minor League in 1997.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
Colm O’Sullivan represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 2010 playing 6-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 9-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2008 to 2010 playing 10-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 9-points;
T. O’Flynn represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 2007 to 2010 playing 8-times won 3-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 8-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 2005 to 2007 playing 16-times won 11-matches and lost 5-matches accumulating 22-points;
Ross O’Sullivan represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 2009 playing 4-times won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2007 to 2008 playing 9-times won 2-matches and lost 7-matches accumulating 4-points;
Pat O’Brien represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2002 playing 6-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 9-points;
History of Fota Island Resort
It would appear that golf was first played at Fota Island before November, 1886. There is even an argument that it is the second-oldest course in Ireland. The Belfast Newsletter 1st November, reports "Since November 1881, when the Belfast club was instituted, no less than three additional courses have been laid down, in different parts of the country. The second was Fota Island, one of our London contemporaries noticing an opening-game at Fota Island" If this is the case, it may well be the oldest club in Cork, as Kinsale was not mentioned before June, 1883.
The Irish Times on the 6th January, 1906, reads "New links at Fota Island, in the demesne at Fota, Lady Barrymore has laid out a golf-course of nine-holes, which compares favourably with any inland links. Upon them will be played, next month, a stroke-competition under, handicap, for a valuable silver cup, kindly presented by Lady Barrymore. The entries will be open to members of Cork and Rushbrook golf-clubs only"
There is no further mention of golf at Fota Island until the early 1990s, when Christy O’Connor Jnr., designed a new eighteen-hole course. The club was founded in 1993, then, in 1999, a major, redesign was carried out by Jeff Howes. The result was that Fota was the venue of the Murphy’s Irish Open, in 2001, and 2002.
Roll of Honour
|Ann Fitzgerald||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Eleanor Bruen||1993||Ladies President|
|Basil Hegarty||1993||Men's Captain|
|Ann Fitzgerald||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Eleanor Bruen||1994||Ladies President|
|Basil Hegarty||1994||Men's Captain|
|Ann Fitzgerald||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Eleanor Bruen||1995||Ladies President|
|Basil Hegarty||1995||Men's Captain|
|Anne Horgan||1996||Ladies Captain|
|D. Dwyer||1996||Ladies President|
|Michael Madigan||1996||Men's Captain|
|Rose McGinn||1997||Ladies Captain|
|D. Dwyer||1997||Ladies President|
|Michael Enright||1997||Men's Captain|
|Margot Mulcahy||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Mary McKechnie||1998||Ladies President|
|Frank Kelly||1998||Men's Captain|
|Marie O'Donoghue||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Mary McKechnie||1999||Ladies President|
|Cormac Spain||1999||Men's Captain|
|Anne O'Hourihane||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Daireen Foott||2000||Ladies President|
|John Downes||2000||Men's Captain|
|Ger Mulcahy||2001||Ladies Captain|
|Daireen Foott||2001||Ladies President|
|Liam McGinn||2001||Men's Captain|
|Rose Nagle||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Una English||2002||Ladies President|
|Finbar Cotter||2002||Men's Captain|
|Mary Daunt||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Ida O'Riordan||2003||Ladies President|
|Joe O'Connor||2003||Men's Captain|
|Patricia Coughlin||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Marie O'Mullane||2004||Ladies President|
|John Roche||2004||Men's Captain|
|Rose McKenna||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Anne Smith||2005||Ladies President|
|Gabriel McCarthy||2005||Men's Captain|
|Eileen Twomey||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Oonagh Hegarty||2006||Ladies President|
|Michael Long||2006||Men's Captain|
|Pauline Hoey||2007||Ladies Captain|
|June Barry||2007||Ladies President|
|Frank Holt||2007||Men's Captain|
|Brid Cronin||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Anne O'Hourihane||2008||Ladies President|
|Sean Nolan||2008||Men's Captain|
|Rose Beamish||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Leta Sue Brady||2009||Ladies President|
|Tim Desmond||2009||Men's Captain|
|Marie O'Mullane||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Daunt||2010||Ladies President|
|Edwin Ryan||2010||Men's Captain|
|Mary O'Leary||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Mary McKenna||2011||Ladies President|
|Peter Coughlan||2011||Men's Captain|
|Mary McCaffrey||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Lorraine Stanley||2012||Ladies President|
|Tom Hennessy||2012||Men's Captain|
|Patricia O'Sullivan||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Liam Treacy||2013||Men's Captain|
|Caroline Hennessy||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Truus Boelhouwer||2014||Ladies President|
|David Quirke||2014||Men's Captain|
|Anne M. Horgan||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Mary Vaughan||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Fergal Hayes||2016||Men's Captain|
|Mary Corbett||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Rose Nagle||2017||Ladies President|
|Michael O'Driscoll||2017||Men's Captain|
|Anne Nolan||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Delma O’Leary||2018||Ladies President|
|Marie Holt||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Mary O'Leary||2019||Ladies President|
|Carl Dillon||2019||Men's Captain|
|Mary Stack||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Bernie Spain||2020||Ladies President|
|Niall O’Mahony||2020||Men's Captain|
|Bradford O’Donoghue||2021||Men's Captain|
|Carmel Reardon||2022||Ladies Captain|
|Bradford O’Donoghue||2022||Men's Captain|
|Liz Ryan||2023||Ladies Captain|
|Kate McCann (3)||2023||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|John Doyle||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|David Howard||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Greg O'Mahony (-0.5)
||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Ross O’Sullivan||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Keith Crowley||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Thomas O'Flynn||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Colm O’Sullivan||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|J. Keating||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Fota Island Resort
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Eamonn O'Connor||17 January 1998||3rd||156 yd's|
|Dermot Mc Kenna||1 February 2000||11th||168 yd’s|
|Peader O'Hourihan||26 March 2000||3rd||156 yd's|
|John A. Brophey||13 March 2000||11th||168 yd's|
|Michael Flynn||22 April 2006||17th||203 yd’s|
|Martin Brennan||17 June 2006||7th||168 yd’s|
|Richard Forsythe||27 July 2007||12th||170 yd’s|
|Danny Willett||21 June 2014||7th||8-Iron||179 yd's|