Fota Island Resort - Deerpark Golf Course

Fota Island, Co. Cork, Ireland

  • holes:18
  • par: 71 72
  • length: 5.578 m 5.037 m
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Description

  • holes:18
  • year:1993
  • par: 71 72
  • length: 5.578 m 5.037 m
  • architect:Christy O'Connor Jnr, Jeff Howes & Peter McEvoy

Of the three golf courses in the Fota Island Resort, the Deerpark course is often cited by many as the best and most enjoyable however they all have something different to offer. Housed in an estate of 780 acres on an island of the same name, the resort and its courses are located close to the sizeable city of Cork in the South of Ireland in the province of Munster. 

Designed originally by the legendary Christy O’Connor Junior it was originally opened in 1993, although records of golf being played on the site date back to 1886. The course was updated and standardised in 1998 by the equally renowned architect Jeff Howes in preparation for the Irish Open which the course proudly played host to in both 2001 and 2002. The choice of name for this course is often a puzzle for many due to the famous Carlow Golf Club course of the same name and confusion can sometimes occur.

Consisting of 18 holes, this parkland style course measures 5933 metres from the white tees and has a par of 71. This is a generally fair but challenging course with a variety of features including wide fairways, significant water hazards and moderate yet effective bunkering that combine to create a real challenge. Expect tiered greens on this course also which further add to the excitement and challenge here. 

Facilities at Fota Island are extensive and are housed in the clubhouse which plays host to a bar and meeting room with optional dining options. Next to the clubhouse is a large and purpose built proshop which stocks everything including merchandise, apparel and equipment. There are also on site locker rooms and changing facilities at players’ disposal. Practice facilities at the resort are second to none thanks to its Golf Academy. There is an extensive practice area which allows players to practice all manner of shots. There is also a driving range and PGA professionals are on hand to offer informal advice and tips as well as formal coaching and tips. Furthermore there is an indoor synthetic putting green making practice possible no matter what the weather. 

Due to the popular nature and membership at Fota Island tee times for visitors to the Deerpark course are somewhat restricted and booking in advance is essential so as to avoid disappointment. Green fee rates for the course are somewhat steep however the quality of the course and its facilities needs to be remembered. Some discounts and offers are available to play at the course however due to the popularity these are sometimes hard to come by. 

Considering the island nature of the Fota Island resort it is generally well connected to the rest of Ireland by road and rail. Players from further afield can fly into the nearby Cork Airport which offers flights to a number of international locations. The obvious and best choice for accommodation at the resort is the associated hotel which has a number of luxury rooms and suites available for players as well the option to rent one of the lodges scattered throughout the estate.

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Reviews (23)

  • Average rating obtained by

    golfShake
    19/03/2015
    8x9.5
    great course played on perfect day. good hire equipment. Eagle pon last made it all the sweeter. (Round played: Jul 2016 - Score: 78 Handicap: 11.3)
    This rating for Fota Island Golf Club. is the average of 8 ratings obtained from www.golfshake.com
  • Average rating obtained by

    top100golfcourses
    12/10/2009
    10x7.7
    A very good test of Golf for the Amateur Golfer from the standard tees. It rained all morning on the day we played but within minutes of our afternoon tee off the course was in excellent condition. The tees and greens were magnificent. For a course still under 20 years old there was a maturity about it beyond its years. The fairways were also very good. Par 3's could have been a little longer in length from the standard tees but with water in play a good test. Our match went to the wire with a birdie 4 to win at the last. Would love to go back but feel it would spoil a fantastic memory. Would highly recommend.
    This rating for Fota Island Golf Club. is the average of 10 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.uk
  • Average rating obtained by

    ukgolfguide
    23/06/2014
    1x10
    Played here earlier in the year but having watched it on the weekend for the Irish Open I thought I'd write a review.The course was a really enjoyable place to play. The holes were a nice design, although I lost balls with my wayward drives. All in all I enjoyed the course and look forward to playing it again - just not as well as the guys off the European Tour!
    This rating for Fota Island Golf Club. is the average of 1 ratings obtained from www.ukgolfguide.com
  • Average rating obtained by

    1golfEU
    13/07/2013
    2x10
    Wonderfully landscaped park course, great geplfegt, interesting and challenging holes. Be sure to play the Deerpark. The newer 9 holes are also beautiful, fall off but compared to the Deerpark slightly, because of the beautiful old trees felht
    This rating for Fota Island Golf Club. is the average of 2 ratings obtained from www.1golf.eu

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