Castlemartyr Resort, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, Ireland
- par: 72
- length: 6.210 m
- par: 72
- length: 6.210 m
- architect:Ron Kirby
Situated in County Cork in the South of Ireland is the sumptuous Castlemartyr Resort and Spa and its golf course. Found just outside of the small village of the same name the local area has a long and rich history which dates back to Bronze Age. It involves everything from the Great Famine to the brief visit of the Rolling Stones to some of the village’s hostelries whilst they were touring the country in 1965.
The course here was opened in 2009 making it somewhat modern by Irish standards. It was designed by the renowned designer Ron Kirby whose other works include those at Dromoland Castle and Mount Juliet in Ireland as well as a number in Scotland, including the famous Gleneagles.
Comprising of 18 holes, this championship standard course is probably best described as an inland links. It has a par of 72 and measures 6210 metres. The features of this course include lush, well-kept fairways and greens which are laid out in two loops of nine and cleverly placed bunkers. This course can be tricky at times and will require players to demonstrate a wide array of shots and talents in order to do well here.
As the course is part of a larger resort the facilities here are very good. Golf specific facilities include a practice chipping area and putting green as well as a number of practice nets. There is also a well-stocked professional golf shop selling a wide array of crested merchandise and equipment. Private golf lessons and tuition is also available here and is provided by the resident PGA professional. With regards to refreshments and relaxation there are a number of restaurants and bars on site which players can choose from.
Green fee rates for visitors to this course are very reasonable and offer great value for money when you consider the quality of the course and facilities here. Tee time availability is fair here and players are sure to find a time that suits. Both green fee rates and tee time availability change somewhat with the seasons and this should be remembered by players.
The resort is relatively well connected to much of the rest of Ireland and the nearby city of Cork has a number of well-established road and air links to destinations which are further afield. The obvious accommodation option for visitors to this course is the attached hotel which has a number of room options that should appeal to most tastes. The resort also boasts a Spa and has installations for archery and clay pigeon shooting which need to be arranged in advance.
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Average rating obtained byThis rating for Castlemartyr Resort. is the average of 6 ratings obtained from www.golfshake.comoverall ok, it's an inland links style course but if you travel to ireland to play links golf better to go to the coast and play a real links course. The practice facilities are a bit limited with only nets and a putting green. The guys in the proshop were friendly. We played on a saturday morning when there seemed to be plenty of locals who all moved along at a good pace, so we got round in 3.5 hours (Round played: Sep 2015 - Score: 81 Handicap: 6.1)