Which brings me to the five star Castlemartyr Resort in Co. Cork. Ithas certainly had its struggles since opening in 2007/08, but after going on the market last year for €14 million, the resort was snapped up by British businessman and hotelier, Martin Shaw. Little wonder, given the quality on offer… and the facilities… and the Ron Kirby designed golf course.... and that famous Cork welcome!
There’s a fabulous history here, involving the Knights Templar, an 800-year-old-castle and a grand 17th century country manor house which guests now know as a luxury hotel. It’s something you might want to look into when you visit.
The golf course moves around the hotel, right out to the castle ruins (see photo), and was designed by Kirby as an inland links. It is low-running with fluid mounding defining the course and each hole. There’s an almost soporific rhythm to it. It is not a long course (‘only’ 6,700 yards from the back tees) and it was designed to be accessible to golfers of all abilities. Indeed, the resort has a strong golf focus with golf lodges set a short walk away from the hotel and a dedicated clubhouse – or ‘pod’ as it is called. It’s easy to see why and the tubular shape makes it one of Ireland’s unique clubhouses.
|The par three 5th... with 800 year old castle ruins behind.|
Castlemartyr stay-and-play packages
The resort, just 30 minutes from Cork Airport, is currently offering a variety of packages, which, appropriately, have golfing names:
- Cork’s Golfing Gem: 1 night B&B with Dinner and a round of golf from €130pps
- Golfer’s Dream: 2 nights B&B with 2 Dinner and 2 rounds of golf from €235pps
- Relax & Play: 2 nights B&B with 2 Dinner and 1 round of golf from €220pps
Other packages are available, including one where you play Castlemartyr followed by Old Head, or Fota Island or Cork golf clubs.
Free Castlemartyr Fourball Giveaway
If you'd like a chance to win a fourball for this elegant, flowing course, answer this simple question in the Comment box below: who designed the inland links at Castlemartyr?
A winner will be picked on Monday night, 2nd May.
Hi Kevin , Ron Kirkby designed this little gem . Cheers .ReplyDelete
Ron Kirby designed the course and a fine track it is tooReplyDelete
Hi Linus, Your name's been pulled from the hat... leave me another Comment with your email address and I'll sort you out! KDelete
Ron Kirby designed this beauty.ReplyDelete
Ron Kirby. :-)ReplyDelete
Ron Kirby designed it. Hope you're well Kevin, I need another excuse to visit CorkReplyDelete
Closer to you Gary :-) @lochlainn1Delete
Ron Kirby, read it in your blog above :-)ReplyDelete