Cork Golf Club
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Little Island, Cork,
Mr Matt Sands
Cork Golf Club is situated at Little Island close to Cork City. This championship golf course is routed through remarkable golfing terrain incorporating old limestone quarries and the inner reaches of Cork Harbour.
Founded in 1888, this championship, parkland course, is as graceful and mature as its age would suggest. Scenically situated in Cork Harbour, the club has played host to major amateur and professional championships over the years. The one major problem with Little Island, as Cork Golf Club is known, is that after playing it, you will need rose tinted spectacles to go anywhere else.
For the club golfer, Cork Golf Club comes as close to perfection as makes no difference. It has beauty, variety and challenge in equally generous proportions.
Consider the variety first, as the course opens with several holes of classic parkland, broad rolling acres of emerald turf studded with stands of ancient trees, rising gently to an escarpment overlooking the River Lee. From there comes an easy descent to two holes hugging the river bank over country rich in gorse and with a distinct touch of heathland. They lead to a series of holes played through and around an ancient quarry. What’s more, its pedigree matches the setting. The present course was designed by Alister Mackenzie in 1927 and the maestro produced a masterpiece, still largely extant, although lengthened a touch over the years. Hence the degree of challenge to the scratch men I watched.