If anyone knows golf, it’s Paul Coleman. We sat down with him to get his take on the best golf courses in Cork. Here are his favourites:
1. My favourite course is Cork Golf Club in Little Island. I first played that course when I was twelve and new to golf. It’s where I first got acquainted with the history and traditions of the game. The course is 100 years old and has a fantastic atmosphere.
Favourite hole: 6th – it’s a short par 4 in a quarry. That hole kind of sums up what Cork Golf Club is all about.
2. My second favourite course would have to be East Cork Golf Club. It’s in Midleton, where I’m from and I am a member there. It’s where I learned to play. The atmosphere created by the members, in my opinion, is what sets it apart.
Favourite hole: 12th – it’s a tough par 4 over the lake
3. Next is Lee Valley Golf & Country Club. I’ve been here ten years in July. Not only is it where I run my business but I have the best view from my office that anybody could ever ask for. I love nothing more than playing 9 holes of golf after a long days work and then having a pint in the bar.
Favourite hole: 9th. It’s a spectacular setting in tall pine trees. The green has a fearsome reputation and it can make or break your score.
4. Finally, the Old Head of Kinsale. It’s like the Wild Atlantic Way on steroids. Every view is breathtaking. The hospitality is second to none. The Director of Golf, Danny Brasil, is a member of Lee Valley. I played juvenile golf with him years ago and he always makes you feel at home.
Favourite hole: 12th – it’s a gorgeous par 5, all along the cliffs. It’s absolutely spectacular.