Fota Island Golf Club is one of the most illustrious modern courses in Ireland. Golf has been played on the estate since the late 1800’s, but it has regularly opted for change. This has kept the golf course in high regard, as it has remained current and well developed throughout its time. Two of the major renovations came in the 1990’s, when Christy O’ Connor Jr. and Peter McEvoy developed a new course. The original Deerpark course was also extensively revamped in 1998. The rewards for this have been huge, as the Irish Open has been played here in 2001, 2002 and 2014, while it is scheduled to return in 2016.
It has three parkland courses, The Deerpark, Belvelly and Barryscourt. All three run through a beautiful woodland area, which is supplemented by the island streams that run throughout. The atmosphere found in Fota Golf Club is hard to match anywhere else, and that is why it has been so popular over the years.
The courses have all been laid out in meticulous detail, with tee boxes and bunker placement designed specifically to create the most all-encompassing challenge possible. Avoiding some of the grander bunkers may be difficult, so make sure the sand wedge is in your bag. Tackling these premier Irish courses will certainly let you know where your game is. A good example of this comes on the sixteenth hole of the Belvelly, a 435 yard par 4. Find the fairway and loft the ball onto the green over the old quarry, and you have a recipe for success. Anything else and you may have to get very creative. These are the kind of challenges that Fota Island Golf Club will provide you with.