Youghal Golf Club
Youghal Golf Club is a scenic and challenging 18 hole – Par 71 golf course that’s worthy of any golfer’s respect. Our lush, members-owned course is always a pleasurable experience.
The course plays as a “Parkland” course has a magnificent par 3 surrounded by water and bunkers, that would test the skill of any golfer. The excellently maintained greens and fairways at Youghal Golf Club are nurtured by a professional staff to ensure year-round play. Further information can be found here.
Claycastle Pitch and Putt Club
Claycastle Pitch & Putt course is located right on the beach front in Youghal and the 18 hole course is open all year round and open to the public.
The course layout is a varied array of lakes and hillside to put every level of skill to the test. Our club was established in 1986 and the course is considered to be one of the finest courses in the country and is regarded as possibly the toughest in Ireland.The cognoscenti believe it’s less about the birdies fired at Claycastle but more about avoiding the double bogeys and worse.
The 57 metre, Index 2 third has wreaked much havoc since 1986. Many, many players will be relieved to arrive on the 4th tee having scored a three at the third and survived its uphill pitch to a severely sloping green. Index One hole at Claycastle is the 16th. A tough teeshot uphill to a two tier green is required. Pitch short and you potentially face a daunting 20 metre chip up the same hill!
The Index 3 60 metre 13th is a monster in high winds. And high winds blow regularly, at coastal Claycastle. The bunker short of the green is often busy. One simply cannot miss the green left!
The 11th measures just 36 metres. Nominally Index 8, any hole that is referred to as ‘Doom and Gloom’ by the locals must be respected. Two cavernous grass bunkers short of the green leave little margin for error.
If one wishes to score around Claycastle, holes 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 generally need to be exploited. They offer good birdie opportunities. Sometimes, it’s about building a score through these holes and hanging on elsewhere.
After hosting the All-Ireland Matchplay Championships in 2012 for the first time, the major event certainly put our Club on the map. Groups are welcome and prebooking is not necessary, Green fees are available with club hire also accessible and golf balls are on sale.
Castlemartyr Golf Resort
Set in an old manor estate in East Cork, The Castlemartyr Golf Resort is an 18 hole, 6,790 yd, Par 72, inland links style course. Just a twenty minute drive from Youghal, it is the creation of renowned golf course designer Ron Kirby, whose credentials were honed on such Irish masterpieces as Dromoland Castle, the Old Head, and Mount Juliet, as well as Gleneagles in Scotland. In Castlemartyr Mr. Kirby has developed an inland links style course that creates a visually pleasing yet testing experience. The course is designed to be challenging and pleasurable for players of any calibre. Castlemartyr Golf Club provides first class service across all aspects of the golf spectrum, from the course, to the Club House and Pro Shop. Further information can be found here.
Water Rock Golf Course
Approximately a twenty minute drive from Youghal and set in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the Owenacurra River, the course is strategically designed from its forward and back tees to reward both the average and top class golfer. The design is fair yet strategic, rewarding the thinking golfer while flattering the average player with wide fairway landing areas.
The 18 hole, par 70, 6223 yard course comprises 5 par threes and 3 par fives in two loops. The signature hole is known locally as ‘Swan lake’, the 240 yard 12th par 3, plays over water to a contouring green, Quite a challenge to all! Further information can be found here.
West Waterford Golf Club
West Waterford Golf Club is a 25 minute drive from Youghal. A description by Kevin Markham; “This is a driver’s paradise. The variety of holes, both in terms of beauty and difficulty, will keep you excited all day and standing up on the next tee box never disappoints. The 12th, 14th and 15th run alongside the River Brickey, which is as natural and peaceful as the course itself. It warms the heart. The 17th and the 18th are two long and tough holes that will rattle the best golfers. When you climb that final slope, remind yourself that this course opened only in 1993. It is maturing spectacularly.” Further information can be found here.
East Cork Golf Club
East Cork Golf Club was founded in 1968 when Eamon and Peg Moloney converted their dairy farm into a nine hole golf course. The Course is situated on the ourskirts of Midleton, bordered by two rivers, making it an ideal parkland location for a golf course. Eddie Hackett, one of Irelands foremost Golf Course Architects designed the course and local development contractor, Ned Moran carried out the work. The Course was officially opened on the 10th of November 1969 by the late Mr. Brian Lenihan, T.D.
The course was extended to 18 holes in 1975 and an extension to the clubhouse was completed in 1992. Don Mc Farlane came on board as the club professional and a new driving range was finished in 1999.
The hospitality and courtesy to all has become a legendary feature of East Cork Golf Club. Further information can be found here.