Cork Golf Club

A recent Hawtree revitalized Alister MacKenzie parkland in Ireland.

Cork Golf Club

County Cork, Ireland

Overview

Cork Golf Club is certainly a contrasting and diverse golf course. The quarry pits remind one of the English common land courses besides parkland holes and lough-side holes. If variety is the spice of life, Cork Golf Club is a vindaloo.


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Cork Golf Club, also known as Little Island, was formed in 1888. It wasn't until 1897 that the current location for the club was settled on and the first few holes were laid out by members.

Early 9 & 18 Hole Layouts

Scottish professional, David Brown, extended the course to 9 holes in 1901. With advice from Harry Vardon in 1909, he extended the course again, this time to 18 holes, in 1911.

Alister MacKenzie & Cork Golf Club

In 1925, Alister MacKenzie redesigned the course as a Par 78, 6,200-yard with three new holes, new greens, and sand-filled bunkers. The total bill came in at less than £600!

Since then, Frank Pennink, Dave Thomas, Robert Trent Jones Sr, and Hawtree Ltd have been consulted on the design.

The golf course lies along the banks of Cork's Inner Harbour and makes good use of the remnants of the historic limestone quarries.

A photo of the book Golfer's Companion by Frank Pennink.Evalu18

Featured Architect: Frank Pennink

Frank Pennink was known for: Simple yet effective greens & green complexes. Limited use of fairway bunkers. Greens frequently on plateaux with severe run-offs on all sides.

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  • Hawtree, Martin

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County Cork, T45 YT26, Ireland

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A photo of the book Golfer's Companion by Frank Pennink.Evalu18

Featured Architect: Frank Pennink

Frank Pennink was known for: Simple yet effective greens & green complexes. Limited use of fairway bunkers. Greens frequently on plateaux with severe run-offs on all sides.

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