Fota Island Golf Club Cork Ireland

The Premier Golf Resort in Ireland

Fota Island Golf Club in Cork is just a few minutes drive from the city's international airport and passenger ferry terminal. Located in the heart of a stunning 780 acre estate which is included in "The Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes in Ireland" and ajacent to the iconic 5 star Cork hotel.  The splendid woodlands are woven into three challenging championship courses which are very much in the traditional mode, featuring strategically placed bunkers and undulating putting surfaces.


The resort is proud host of the 2014 Irish Open and also home to one of the most recognisable golf hotels in Cork which should provide golfers with the ideal après golf facilities to relax and unwind after a challenging round on one of our three championship golf courses.


When visiting Fota Island Golf Resort Cork, choose from our three championship golf courses - Deerpark, Belvelly or Barryscourt. Each of these great golf courses at this Cork golf club are guaranteed to challenge both the short and long games of golfers of all abilities. Between rounds golfers can also avail of our well equipped Golf Academy which allows golfers to hone their skills.


We suggest booking your round of golf or your golf lesson with one of our professionals in advance, whether you are visiting for the day, availing of one of our great Cork golf breaks or as a resident of the Resort, to make sure that you get the pleasure to enjoy our golf facilities. Please call the Reservations team at our Cork golf club on +353 21 488 3700 or contact us by e-mail at


History of Fota Island Golf Club Cork

It would appear that golf was first played at Fota Island as far back as the 1800's. In 1993, a new course was developed at Fota Island, designed by Irish Ryder Cup star Christy O'Connor Jr. and twice English Amateur Champion Peter McEvoy. While essentially a resort course, we have hosted a number of tournaments, including the Irish Club Professional Championship, the Irish PGA Championship and no fewer than three Irish Amateur Opens.


At the beginning of 1998 Fota Island Golf Club was under the direction of Jeff Howes Golf Designs upgraded to European Tour Standards. Following an 18 month multi-million Euro programme  that saw the rebuilding of all 18 greens, the redevelopment of all tees and the redesign of several of the holes, the course reopened in September 1999.  This paid dividends with the Deerpark Course playing host to the Irish Open in 2001 & 2002, won by Colin Montgomerie and Soren Hansen, respectively. Fota Island Resort has once again played host to Ireland's Open Championship in 2014 between the 19th & 22nd June which celebrated the win of Mikko Ilonen.


The renowned Fota Island Golf Academy offering professional golf lessons in Cork opened in 2006, in time for the European Seniors Tour’s Irish Open which was won by Sam Torrance.  July 2007 saw the addition of 9 more holes designed by Jeff Howes.  The Golf Club boasts three championship standard golf course configurations; the original Deerpark (Par 71), Belvelly (Par 72) and Barryscourt (Par 73). In 2011 & 2012, the Cork golf club at Fota Island hosted the PGA Europro Audi Cork Irish Masters which was won by Paul Reed (Bristol and Clifton Golf Club) and Elliot Saltman (Archerfield Links), respectively.


Explore the iconic Fota Island Golf Clubhouse using the fantastic Google Virtual Tour.

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