Cork

Bordered by four other counties – Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford – in the province of Munster, Cork is Ireland’s largest county by area, with a coastline that extends to an incredible 680 miles. The seaport town of Cobh in Cork Harbour was once the main embarkation point for many Irish emigrants as they set off to find a new life in North America or Australia.

More than thirty County Cork clubs are affiliated to the GUI through its Munster branch and the most senior club, Cork, dates back to the 1880s, to a time when there were fewer than a dozen clubs in all of Ireland. The club has hosted the National Finals week twice, the last time in 1988 and its gents teams have won four of the five major Irish trophies – ironically, the only major piece of silverware that has eluded Cork is the Jimmy Bruen Shield, inaugurated in 1978 and named after one of the club’s finest players and administrators.

The top ranked course in the county is Old Head and it’s a GB & I Top 100 ranked course that will get the golfing juices flowing like hardly any other. For the sheer excitement and visual drama of its location, there are not many courses in the world (never mind Ireland) that can match it. Truly, it’s a must-play venue for any serious golfer.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Cork

Old Head

1st Cork - Best in Area

Laid out on a narrow headland, jutting out for two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head Golf Links has to be one of the world’s most exhilarating golf courses...

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Description: Laid out on a narrow headland, jutting out for two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head Golf Links has to be one of the world’s most exhilarating golf courses... Rating: 5.4054054054054 out of 6

Cork

2nd Cork - Best in Area

Cork Golf Club is one of the most attractive courses in Ireland. It's an Alister MacKenzie gem that's delightfully situated on a tiny peninsula called Little Island...

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Description: Cork Golf Club is one of the most attractive courses in Ireland. It's an Alister MacKenzie gem that's delightfully situated on a tiny peninsula called Little Island... Rating: 5 out of 6

Fota Island (Deerpark)

3rd Cork - Best in Area

The Deerpark course at Fota Island has played host to three Irish Open Amateur Championships and the Irish PGA Championship, impressive for a track which only opened for play in 1993.

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Description: The Deerpark course at Fota Island has played host to three Irish Open Amateur Championships and the Irish PGA Championship, impressive for a track which only opened for play in 1993. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Castlemartyr

4th Cork - Best in Area

The 6,790-yard golf course at the Castlemartyr Resort forms the main recreational option at a 5-star County Cork facility that also offers more sedate recreational facilities like archery and clay pigeon shooting.

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Description: The 6,790-yard golf course at the Castlemartyr Resort forms the main recreational option at a 5-star County Cork facility that also offers more sedate recreational facilities like archery and clay pigeon shooting. Rating: 4 out of 6

Bantry Bay

5th Cork - Best in Area

Bantry Bay golf course lies along the coast from the town and although it is located beside the sea, it’s a parkland layout, sitting on cliff-tops overlooking the water.

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Fermoy

6th Cork - Best in Area

Fermoy Golf Club was founded in 1893 but in 1972 the club moved six kilometres south to Corrin Hill, calling in Commander John Harris to fashion a new 18-hole course for the members.

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Monkstown

7th Cork - Best in Area

Formed in 1908, the course at Monkstown Golf Club overlooks the River Lee and Cork’s busy harbour.

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Lee Valley

8th Cork - Best in Area

Lee Valley Golf & Country Club was designed by Irish golfing legend Christy O'Connor Jnr and he, along with Fred Couples, opened the course for play in 1993.

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Description: Lee Valley Golf & Country Club was designed by Irish golfing legend Christy O'Connor Jnr and he, along with Fred Couples, opened the course for play in 1993. Rating: 4.3333333333333 out of 6

Muskerry

9th Cork - Best in Area

Alister MacKenzie hallmarked 9 holes at the centurion Muskerry Golf Club when the Dr. extended the layout to 18 holes in 1924. Unusually, Muskerry has 23 holes on the property allowing various playing combinations.

Charleville

10th Cork - Best in Area

Charleville Golf Club is situated in the foothills of the Ballyhoura Mountains, in the heart of the fertile Golden Vale...

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