Fota Island Resort, Fota lsland, Cork
It would appear that golf was first played at Fota Island before November as far back as the 1800′s.
In 1993, a new course was developed at Fota Island. It was designed by Irish Ryder Cup hero, Christy O’Connor, Jr. and twice English Amateur Champion, Peter McEvoy. While essentially a resort course, it hosted a number of tournaments, including the Irish Club Professional Championship, the Irish PGA Championship and no fewer than three Irish Amateur Opens.
In the beginning of 1998, Fota Island Golf Club was purchased by the Killeen Group, the owners of the prestigious Mt. Juliet Resort in Kilkenny. Under the direction of Jeff Howes Golf Designs, work commenced immediately on upgrading the course to “European Tour Standards”. The course reopened in September 1999, 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.
In November 2004, The Fleming Group purchased Fota Island Golf Club and surrounding lands from Killeen Leisure Group Limited. The group has interests which stretch across a broad sector of industry and have established a very successful track record in the leisure industry through its ownership of the Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa amongst others.
The Deerpark, with its receptive greens and strategic bunkering, impresses even the most experienced professionals. Indeed this is the course that hosted the Irish Open in 2001 and 2002.
The Belvelly, a Par 72 course stretching over 7121 yards from the championship tees, includes the new nine-hole layout also developed by Jeff Howes.
This course incorporates some unique and exciting features, intended to challenge even the most competitive golfer yet remaining perfectly loyal to the traditional style, values and playability that characterize Fota Island Golf Club as a whole.
The 16th hole promises to be one of the features of this exciting new challenge – a 435yard Par 4 requires an accurately placed tee shot where finding the fairway is at a premium, allowing those without the burden of a faint heart to take on the daunting approach over an old quarry to a small target.
The Barryscourt, a Par 73 course, also incorporates the new nine-hole layout.
With 7362 yards to be negotiated, a great opportunity to produce a good score beckons on this course, which is characterised by gently undulating greens – your putting game will be examined throughout your round! What’s more the newly designed Par 3 8 th hole – cleverly guarded by a variety of hazards – will reward those who possess the advantage of an accurate tee-shot.
No matter which course you choose, one thing is for certain, at Fota you’ll always be guaranteed true championship golf in true championship style.
Fota Island Resort
Tel: + 353 21 488 3700
Fax: + 353 21 488 3713