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The best golf courses for holidays in Cork, including: The Old Head of Kinsale - Cork - Fota Island - Blarney - Monkstown - Lee Valley.

Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club Old Head of Kinsale   Architects: J.Carr & P. Merrigan.   18 holes: 6080m: par 72.

Quite simply the most spectacular golf course in the world: This incredible spit of land has you playing golf a mile out to sea.  Stunning setting for a unique golfing experience.
Expensive? Yes: but worth every Euro to play here (and Green-fees have come down recently due to the economic straits Ireland is suffering). 

Cork Golf Club Cork  Architect: Dr. A. McKenzie.  18 holes: 6,115m: par 72.

Founded in 1888 and re-modelled in 1927 by Dr. Alastair McKenzie (whose other great work was a certain course in Augusta, Georgia) this is an absolute must for any golfers staying in Cork. Wonderful variety of holes along the river and in and out of the old Cork quarry.

Fota Island Golf ClubFota Island  Architects: C. O’Connor Jnr. & P. McEvoy.  18 holes: 6488yds: par 71.

An Irish Open course. Not overly long, but the twisting fairways and numerous water hazards demand thought on every shot.  A modern classic, that will test your golf in every department.

Lee Valley
Architect: C. O’Connor Jnr.
18 holes: 6,725yds: par 72..

An impressive modern layout with plenty of water, especially the 8th - a testing par 5.
The large greens can leave you with some interesting putts…

Monkstown Golf ClubMonkstown  Architect: P. Merrigan.  18 holes: 6163m: par 72.

To the South-East of Cork, not far form the City centre.  Monkstown is a a friendly little Club with a very enjoyable parkland course running over gently rising and falling terrain. Tree-lined fairways and some tricky, well-defended greens and the ocassional water hazard to keep you "focused".

Muskerry
Architect: A. McKenzie.
18 holes: 5785m: par 71.

Designed by the very same Alistair McKenzie of Augusta National fame.
A gentle five-hole start then the fun really begins as the course climbs away from the Shournagh river to the hill-top holes 8 to 14. Tricky club selection and wonderful scenery – particularly in Spring and Autumn.

Douglas
Architects: H. Cotton /G. Pennick.
18 holes: 5663m: par 70.

A gently rolling course that is one of the local's favourites.  To the South of the city in the vicinity of the airport.

Other courses to consider:

Bandon: A fairly hilly course out to the West of Cork.
Castlemartyr: A gentle, modern parkland course in the grounds of a Stately Home - now a luxury hotel and self-catering apartments.
Bantry Bay: A woodland course on the shores of beautiful Bantry Bay.

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Sample Itinerary

4 nights at Actons Hotel in Kinsale with three rounds at Old Head, Cork and Kinsale, with hire cars:
£555.00 per person

 

Guest Comments

"We were very well looked after at The Imperial Hotel and the courses we played were fantastic - loved Cork, what a surprise!"
Mr. A. Pike - Soton

 

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