Thank you for arranging our holiday to Fota Island. We had a lovely time, played some great golf and even the weather managed to hold up!
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Fota Island Resort is home to no less than three top quality championship courses, and as such is one of the best golfing venues in Ireland. Set amidst the beautiful scenery of this corner of County Cork, the Sheraton Fota Island hotel is a real delight. All 131 bedrooms and suites are elegantly appointed, many of which allow superb views across the surrounding woodland and golf course.
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The renowned Fota Island Golf Club is set amidst the fantastic scenery of the estate itself. While golf on the site dates back to the 1800s, it was not until Christy O'Connor Jr. and Peter McEvoy laid out their new Deerpark course in 1993, that Fota Island became a serious golfing destination. Since its inception, the championship course has played host to the Irish Open in 2001, 2002 and 2014 and has established a reputation as one of Ireland's best.
2014 Irish Open
Finland's Mikko Ilonen led from wire-to-wire to claim his fourth European Tour title at Fota Island. Ilonen carded a final round of 70 to finish 13-under par, one shot ahead of Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, with Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg and English duo Danny Willett and Matthew Baldwin another shot back in third.
What the pros say:
“I love the venue. It’s a great venue for a golf tournament — the setting, the type of course it is. There’s plenty of birdies to be made out there. We seem to get better weather down here at Cork. Nice practice facilities, hotel on site; what more could you ask for in a venue, [and an] airport nearby? I hope it comes back and gets onto a rota that it comes back here regularly.” - Padraig Harrington
“I believe they are talking about Fota Island as a venue the next two or three years. I’m all over it. I think it’s a great venue.” – Graeme McDowell
The Belvelly's par-72 layout includes the new nine holes added by Jeff Howes in recent times, and is a formidable test at 7,121 yards from the back markers. Interesting features have been worked into the design, not least on the signature 16th hole, where visiting golfers face the challenge of firing their approach shot over an old quarry to a small target.
The par-73 Barryscourt Course also takes in the new nine holes, and is the latest addition to Fota Island's impressive portfolio of golf. The course is a monster from the back tees, but the characteristic slope of the greens will also undoubtedly challenge the putting of every visitor. The highlight of Fota's latest course is the redesigned 8th, which features an array of hazards to be safely negotiated.
The guest rooms feature luxury bonuses like state-of-the-art beds, internet access, and an interactive video system. The hotel has consistently built on its reputation as one of the premier 5-star hotels in the south of Ireland, with a great combination of facilities and customer service.
This superb comfort makes Fota Island Resort a fantastic choice for a golf break, and also for those who want to explore the incredible beauty of the local area.
The 18 purpose-built treatment rooms of the Fota Island Spa are designed to offer the very best in health and beauty therapy. The facility focuses on well-being, and is run in conjunction with the exclusive Comfort Zone product range. In addition to the spa, the leisure centre offers a well-equipped gym and swimming pool.
Eat in the Cove, a specialist seafood grill which uses fresh local catch.
The Amber Lounge has a list of over 75 whiskies to choose from.
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
We are just back from our Fota Island golf break. The Deerpark course was excellent. It was in tremendous condition, especially the slick greens, and was very enjoyable for golfers of our standard from the forward tees. The food in the clubhouse was very good and the accommodation in the hotel was first class with very helpful staff. All in all Fota Island is perfect for a weekend golf break. The Spa was a new experience and it will not be the last one I visit! I would highly recommend The Cove for dinner if you like seafood. The food was absolutely stunning.
I am in the market for another golf break before the year ends and would be very interested in hearing more about your exclusive offer at St Andrews that includes a round on the Old Course.