Fota Island is a five-star luxury golf hotel and resort near Cork City, set in 780acres. It is located just fifteen minutes from Cork City Centre, twenty minutes from Cork International Airport and two hours from Dublin making it very accessible to all. It is home to a unique golfing experience comprising of twenty-seven holes. The golf club boasts three championship configurations; the original Deerpark (Par 71), Belvelley (Par 72) and Barryscourt (Par 73).
The original course is Deerpark. It is laid out on rolling parkland and surrounded by aged woodland, but still provides stunning views across Cork Harbour. The records would suggest that golf was first played at Fota Island back in 1886, but the club was not officially founded until 1993. The course was initially designed by Irish Ryder Cup star Christy O’Connor and Former British Amateur Champion Peter McEvoy. The Canadian Architect Jeff Howes then lifted the standards to European Tour requirements in 1998, which in turn led to Fota Island being the host venue of the Irish Open in 2001, 2002 and 2014.
The course is a tough but fair challenge at 6,927 yards and Par 71. The bunkers are quite moderate, but water is the most prevalent hazard. The hero hole is the 10th, which is a Par five that tunnels through trees with a sharp dog-leg left that leaves an approach to a green which is cut into the side of a lake. When you think you are on the homeward stretch, prepare for one of the most difficult multi-tiered greens you will ever encounter.
The Clubhouse is found in a beautiful stone farm buildings conversion which retains its original stonework and countryside feel. Inside you will be treated to luxurious locker rooms, Turkish baths and a beautiful Spike Bar with a terrace overlooking the lake and the 18th green. The Professional Shop is adjacent to the Clubhouse.
Overall guests will unquestionably enjoy playing through the gorgeous woodlands and vistas across the three traditional yet challenging courses, and enjoy a great Academy and uniquely designed Clubhouse in five-star surroundings.