Fota Island Deerpark Course Review

Par 71, 6,921 yards, parkland

This course has hosted the Irish Open three times and features lots of water and sand. It was designed in 1993 by Christy O'Connor Jr and Peter McEvoy, the renowned amateur.  

The opening hole is 408 yards long, with trees on the left and bunkers short of the green in addition to two more by the green.  

The 2nd is a 461-yard par 4, with trees to the left and a huge fairway bunker to the right. A deep bunker cuts into the right side of a well-contoured green. If you start with two pars you have done really well.  

The 3rd is a fabulous 165-yard par 3, played to a green surrounded by water with a huge bunker to the left.   

The 11th is a 170-yard par 3, and this time the water is on the right of the green, with more sand on the left.  

There is more water in play at the 417-yard, 14th. Standing on the tee you face trees left and right, together with three bunkers on the left. The second shot is played to a green guarded by water and surrounded by sand.  

The closing hole is a spectacular 510-yard, par 5 with trees running the full length of both sides of the fairway and a second shot played to a green with a bunker on the front right and water running from the left side all the way round the back. Phew! 

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Dereck Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.