Bantry Bay Golf Club

Donemark, Bantry, West Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland

  • holes:18
  • par: 71 73
  • length: 5.404 m 4.361 m
8.7 9 Reviews This Club is the 31# of 341 in Ireland
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  • holes:18
  • slope: 71 73
  • year:1972
  • par: 71 73
  • length: 5.404 m 4.361 m
  • architect:Christy O'Connor Jnr

Bantry Bay Golf Club and its associated golf course is situated just outside of the town of the same name in County Cork, Ireland. This location in the South of Ireland offers beautiful views across the nearby Bantry Bay which is a surprisingly deep natural formation, the bay can be seen from an impressive 14 of the 18 holes in play. Also visible from the course across the bay is the quaint Whiddy Island which is known by many due to the Whiddy Island disaster of 1979.

Set in an area of 170 acres this 18-hole parkland style course was designed by both Eddie Hackett and Christy O’Connor Jnr in 1975 and 1997 respectively with each one creating half of the course. Its cliff top location allows players to enjoy a varied golfing experience with an abundance of beautiful views.

Measuring just short of 5910 metres, the Bantry Bay course has a par of 71 and slope of 71 also. Expect an undulating course with a great array of hazards including 6 lakes. The natural landscape adds to the contours of the course and there are numerous challenging blind shots that, with the addition of winds, can be very testing. The natural elements at this course can make or break a player and their game but this only adds to the interest and excitement.

With a clubhouse that opened in 2000 which openly welcomes public visitors the Bantry Bay Club is well equipped to deal with most players’ needs.  There is a restaurant which is open in the summer season and a bar that is open all year round. Furthermore there is a well-stocked golf shop offering club-specific personalised merchandise. An array of golf tuition sessions are also available for less experienced players or for those wishing to improve a certain aspect of their game.

Green fees at Bantry Bay are very reasonable for the standard and difficulty of the course and vary depending on the season. Discounts are available for those visitors that are accompanied by a member and the club offers a variety of membership options including a life time membership for overseas visitors; this has already attracted over 100 members. Tee times are spread liberally throughout the day for visiting players and also vary with the season. Availability for visitors can be limited as the club regularly hosts member only competitions so it is highly recommended to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Travel links with the course are relatively good and the nearest major national and international transport hub is that of Cork which is around an hour and a half away by car. There is an abundance of accommodation near to the course which will appeal to all types of visiting golfers and their budgets. Nearby attractions include Glebe Gardens and the above mentioned Whiddy Island which has a lengthy and interesting history and is well worth a visit in the summer season.

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    Already the first tee is a challenge, although a few 3 but with water hazard left! Who is not quite as good on foot should get equal a buggy, A few cars are Very much long and have A lot of on - and off with inclined slopes. A total gesehenist of course but a delight for the eye and lung WG. the good air and the stunning views over the Bay. Clubhouse Very much decent with good selection.
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