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Pocket Guide: Carrigaline Fernhill Golf And Country Club Hotels

Tucked away on the hillside overlooking the charming town of Carrigaline, the Fernhill Golf and Country Club is a hidden jewel of the Emerald Isle. This combination of charming three star hotel and 18 hole golf course is a local institution and is a firm favourite with residents of Carrigaline and Cork as well as overseas travellers who enjoy playing a round or getting a round in.

The hotel complex is large but understated and blends in with its surroundings. The modern hotel building has clean lines and an appealing visage which allows guests and visitors to enjoy the beautiful countryside of County Cork.

Beautiful Landscapes Around Fernhill

Fernhill Golf and Country Club nestles in lush green hills above the Owenabue River Valley. From the hotel and the golf course, you can see down past the town into Cork Harbour and catch glimpses of yachtsmen sailing on the waters. The panorama extends round to Monkstown and beyond and is sure to distract all but the most dedicated golfer.

Staying at the Fernhill Golf and Country Club

Fernhill has 38 rooms and 10 cottages dotted around the course, so there is plenty of space for guests. The family-run hotel prides itself on a friendly welcome for all guests and has rooms of the highest calibre for its 3 star rating, with TV, a writing desk and internet access. Many of the rooms have marvellous views of the golf course. Guests will also find a well-equipped gym and an outdoor tennis court.


The hotel has an airy, sunlit breakfast room, the Clubhouse bar that is packed with golfing memorabilia and the superb Fairways restaurant that is popular across the county. Fairways is renowned for using the best seasonal and local produce and offers a balanced menu with options for vegetarians. Parents will be delighted to discover that there is also an extensive children’s menu.

The Golf Course

For many guests, the main attraction of the Fernhill Golf and Country Club will be the 18 hole golf course on its doorstep. The parkland course runs to a par 69 and is extremely well maintained. Fernhill has a reputation for being kept in excellent condition with rolling fairways and excellent putting greens. The course design takes advantage of the hills to allow the course to drain quickly and is sheltered from strong winds by a good number of mature trees. Golfers say the course presents a decent challenge for even the professionals, while allowing novices to play without undue difficulty.

Easy Reach of Many Great Attractions

If golf and some nice walks around the hotel grounds are not enough to keep you occupied, there are several other places within easy reach. The city of Cork is a short drive away and there are lots of activities around Cork Harbour, while the famous Blarney Stone is a little further away in Blarney Castle.