East Cork Golf Club
Founded in 1968 by Eamon & Peg Moloney, this golf course is still family-run today. The course is situated on the outskirts of Midleton and is bordered by two rivers – making it an ideal parkland location for a golf course. Eddie Hackett, one of Ireland’s foremost Golf Course Architects, designed the course and local development contractor, Ned Moran carried out the work. This 18 hole course also boasts a thriving clubhouse and driving range. For more information, visit www.eastcorkgolfclub.ie or call 021 4631687.
Water Rock Golf Course
Opened in 1994, this high-quality, sand-based greens course is set in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the Owenacurra River, near Midleton. Bringing varying challenges for all calibres of golfer, the layout is fair yet strategic – rewarding the brave while also providing wide bailout areas. The acclaimed back nine at Water Rock, where water comes into play during no less than five holes, is a real test of character and golfing ability. The signature hole is the Par 3 on the 12th, 240 yards from the back tee and known locally as “Swan Lake”. This hole has been described as ‘One of the Best 50 Holes in Europe’. The course was designed by renowned Golf Course Architect Paddy Merrigan, whose work also included the Old Head of Kinsale, Slieve Russell and WoodenBridge, along with many others high quality golf courses. For more information, visit www.waterrockgolfcourse.com or call 021 4613499.
Castlemartyr Golf Resort
Set in the grounds of the former Carmelite College in Castlemartyr, now the exclusive Castlemartyr Resort, the Castlemartyr Golf Resort is an 18 hole, 6,728 yd, Par 72, inland links style course. It is the creation of renowned golf course designer Ron Kirby, whose credentials were honed on such Irish masterpieces as the Old Head, and Mount Juliet, as well as Gleneagles in Scotland. In Castlemartyr, Ron Kirby has developed an inland links style course that creates a visually pleasing yet testing experience. The course is designed to be challenging and pleasurable for players of any calibre. Castlemartyr Golf Club provides first class service across all aspects of the golf spectrum, from the course, to the Club House and Pro Shop. For further information, visit www.castlemartyrresort.ie/golf/ or call 021 4219000.
Youghal Golf Club
Widely regarded as one of the finest 18 hole parkland golf courses in Cork, Youghal Golf Club offers some of the most spectacular views the region has to offer, overlooking Youghal Bay. Located in East Cork, yet in close proximity to West Waterford, whether a professional or amateur golfer, Youghal Golf Club will present a stern challenge to your game. Excellently maintained greens and fairways, carefully nurtured by the club’s professional staff, ensure year-round play and enjoyment for members and guests alike. After a round of golf, there’s a warm welcome waiting in the HYPERLINK “http://youghalgolfclub.com/index.php/club-house-offerings/” clubhouse. For more information, visit www.youghalgolfclub.com or call 024 92787.
Cobh Golf Club
Cobh Golf Club, at Marino Point is a Hawtree-designed course. Perched on an elevated site with stunning views overlooking the inner regions of Cork Harbour, Cobh Golf Club’s championship course was officially opened in 2010, by Irish Open Champion and WGC winner, Shane Lowry. It’s a memorable, heathland style course and those who’ve played it consider it challenging but fair. For more information, visit www.cobhgolfclub.ie or call 021 4812399.
Fota Island Golf Club
Situated in the unspoilt grandeur of the grounds of Fota Island Resort, this golf club boasts three championship standard golf course configurations – the original Deerpark (Par 71), Belvelly (Par 72) and Barryscourt (Par 73). Golfers can play through the gorgeous woodlands, taking in the vistas across three challenging, yet traditional, courses. You can also sharpen your game with some practice at the club’s academy, before relaxing, wining and dining in their uniquely-designed clubhouse. For more information, visit www.fotaisland.ie/golf or call 021 4883700.