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A golf break in the Rebel County

Old Head Golf Links
Course Type: Links
Length: 7,200 yards
Par: 72

Old Head Golf Club located 7 miles from Kinsale town is a links Course built on a 220-acre diamond of land. It is a remarkably dramatic piece of Ireland, protruding over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. From the tips, the course stretches to over 7,000 yards with a minimum of five tees per hole. The 220 acre site of five par 3’s, five par 5’s and eight par 4’s is configured as two returning loops of nine holes. Eight of the holes play directly along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views. With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and the high handicapper alike.

Old Head 4th Hole

The course has been described as “the most spectacular course on earth” and since its creation in 1997, has become a “must play” for all discerning golfers the world over.

 

Cork Golf Club
Course Type: Parkland/Heathland
Length: 6,700 yards
Par: 72

Cork Golf Club is a parkland/heathland course, which is located five miles east of Cork City on Little Island and only 30 minutes from Cork International Airport. 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. The final holes are played in an area known as ‘The Park’ and the requirement for accuracy from the tee does not diminish. More intimidation awaits on the elevated 17th tee with out-of-bounds down the left it takes a strong nerve to keep a score going at this hole.

Cork Golf Club

 

 

 

 

   At 426 yards the final hole is also demanding – straight and long is the only means of securing a safe par. This course has beauty, variety and challenge in equally generous scoops.

 

Castlemartyr Resort Golf Club
Course Type: Parkland/Inland Links
Length: 6,829yards
Par: 72

Set on an old manor estate in East Cork, Castlemartyr Golf Club is an 18 hole, championship, inland links, a 6,829 yd, Par 72 course that is part of the Castlemartyr Resort development. Castlemartyr Golf Club is the creation of renowned golf course designer Ron Kirby, whose credentials were honed on such Irish masterpieces as Dromoland Castle, the Old Head, and Mount Juliet. The course is designed to be challenging and pleasurable for players of any calibre.
 

4th Hole

Castlemartyr Golf Club provides first class service across all aspects of the golf spectrum, from the course, to the Club House and Pro Sho.

Castlemartyr Resort

The luxury Castlemartyr Resort consists of a grand 17th century country manor house that sits adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle. The hotel offers 103 guest rooms, suites and self catering accommodation. The spacious rooms feature free Wi-Fi, an en suite bathroom, luxurious furniture, flat-screen TV, and stunning views of the luxury 5 star hotel & grounds.

 

Castelmartyr Resort Capella Hotel County Cork, Ireland

 

The hotel offers four dining options: the Bell Tower Restaurant serving modern Irish cuisine with a twist, our Italian casual dining restaurant, Franchini’s, the relaxed yet elegant Knights Bar, and our informal Clubhouse offering a lighter dining option.

Golf

  • Old Head Golf Links
  • Cork Golf Club
  • Castlemartyr


Accommodation

  • 3 nights 5* accommodation at Castlemartyr Resort

FROM € 1,133/ PERSON

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Hi Tommy. 

Just finished our golf trip and we had a great time.

 Thank you very much for all your help with the arrangement over the last couple of years!

 I will definitely recommend you to friends and will contact you again next time we come to play in this beautiful part of Ireland.  

All the best

Torsten Bjerregaard

Dear SWING

We are back from our week in Cork and Killarney and basking in a wonderful experience. The only thing you or ourselves could not organise was the weather, and of course, it was quite stunning throughout. It obviously never rains in southern Ireland! 

As for the golf, that too was perfect, from the rolling beauty of the Killarney courses to the awesome links at Waterville. And as for Old Head; what an incredible experience! The only thing I would add in this category is that we ‘discovered’ Beaufort, where we had lunch on our day off. I think that would make a rather more gentle addition to any tour people are planning in the area. It was a lovely spot.

Finally, we were all bowled over by the friendliness of absolutely everybody we met. It made every moment a great pleasure.

So the whole week was a joy, and you may be assured that if we plan another week sometime – and I for one very much hope to do that – then we will be in touch with you at Swing Golf.

With kindest regards,

Jerry.

Cork City

Castlemartyr Resort is located only 30 minutes drive for the heart of Cork City

As Irelands “second city”  there is a vast array of restaurants in Cork to suit all tastes. Anything from casual bar food to fine dining options. Top choices in the city centre would be Market Lane, a popular bistro, The Cornstore, an upscale bar/restaurant, Coqbull, a Steak House and Milano’s Italian Restaurant.

Oliver Plunkett Street has recently been voted the No.1 Street in Ireland and this is where you will find some of the cities top pubs, such as The Oliver Plunkett, The Bróg, The Old Oak and Clancy’s Bar. Other excellent options are found along Washington Street, which houses The Bailey, The Courthouse, Reardens and Preachers, to name a few.

Local Sights & Attractions

Immediately adjacent to the vibrant city of Cork is the city’s beloved Little Island, home to Cork Golf Club. No longer an island, this patch of land is accessible by road and sits less than ten minutes’ drive from central Cork.

The city itself is a vibrant urban space offering visitors everything they could need. Make sure to visit the elaborate English Market and marvel at the wide selection of unusual food, followed by a tour of the nearby high streets, including the recently redeveloped Saint Patrick’s Street.

And for those wishing to absorb the culture of County Cork, make sure to take a trip to the Blarney Castle where you can gain the gift of the gab with a simple kiss upon the Blarney Stone! Animal lovers can also get their fill at the huge Fota Wildlife Park, while history enthusiasts can get lost in the wonder of Cobh Heritage Centre.

One of the most popular attractions in Cork city is Cork City Gaol (Jail), now a unique visitors attraction, this magnificent castle-like building once housed 19th-century prisoners. Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law-abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

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Other courses & services (accommodation/transport) can be added to the above on request