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Cork Golf Club (Little Island, Ireland)
Year built: 1888
Designer: Alister Mackenzie
Contacts: +353 21 4353 451
Fax: +353 21 4353 410
Address: Little Island, Co.Cork, Ireland
Quick facts: 18 holes, practice area, restaurant.
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Circa 1888 the first course was laid out at Rathcooney Hill just above Glanmire Village. Moving to its present location in 1897, when Messrs Moundsley & Sharman Crawford stumbled on the present piece of land, as they sailed up the Lee Estuary to compete in the Cork City Regatta.
Tom Dunne of Bournemouth laid out the first 9 holes and the Course complete with Clubhouse located close to the present 8th Tee opened for play towards the end of 1898.
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.
However, the less gifted among us, best use the forward tees (6,242 yards) because from further back there are some white knuckle carries over gorse and rough to partially hidden fairways.
In such a rolling landscape more that a few of the greens are elevated or domed – the trio of par-3s are memorable – and all but two are cunningly bunkered.
All of which means that accuracy off the tee is vital, and imagination and precision with the irons equally crucial!
Play half decent golf and you won’t have a finer day’s sport, nor see a lovelier course so impeccably presented.

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