The Irish Open returns to the Fota Island Resort from the 19th to the 22nd of June.
Golf will be very much to the fore around ‘Ireland’s Second Capital’ with a fantastic selection of courses to choose from.
If you are looking for a place to stay, the Quality Hotel in Youghal is a very convenient location for visiting the many golf courses in the region. Your golfing party can stay in the hotel, itself, or choose the self-catering options of a two bedroom apartment or a three/four bedroom cottage – ideal for drying out golf gear should the weather be inclement. If your sand shots are causing you problems, no bother, because the beach is right outside the door! The Quality Hotel in Youghal also has a fabulous Leisure Centre with indoor pool, sauna and steam room to ease out those aches and pains after your round.
Just down the road, and close to Fota Island, is Cork Golf Club, known as ‘Little Island.’ Established over 130 years ago, the current course winds its way around an abandoned quarry. In 1924, Alister MacKenzie, the designer of Augusta National, home of the US Masters, redesigned the course. Cork Golf Club has since hosted major amateur and professional events, including the Irish Open, the Irish PGA Championship and the Irish Close Championship.
Quality Hotel Youghal have a great offer in partnership with Cork Golf Club
Close by Little Island and Fota Island, is the Great Island, home of Cobh Golf Club. Martin Hawtree designed this new layout that has magnificent views over the inner harbour course and Marino Point, Cobh. The 12th hole features a spectacular island green.
East Cork is home to some little hidden gems with Water Rock, Youghal and East Cork Golf Clubs nearby. Water Rock is a Paddy Merrigan design with many water features. Several of the holes at Youghal Golf Club overlook the ocean and Youghal Bay. The Castlemartyr Resort is also located nearby, with its Ron Kirby’s layout, designed as an inland links.
Spoilt for choice? I’d say so. Stay at the Quality Hotel in Youghal and you are minutes from four hidden gems, an inland links and two of the finest championship courses in the south of Ireland.