Fota Island: Inside Track

Fota Island: Inside Track

June 29th, 2012

The PGA EuroPro Tour continues next week with the Audi Cork Irish Masters 2012 at Fota Island Resort in Cork.

As with every tournament on the Tour this summer we have spoken to the head pro at the host course and below Kevin Morris gives us his ‘Inside Track’ on the Deerpark Course at Fota Island.

Deerpark Course
“The course used for the EuroPro Tour last year was the Belvelly course whereas this year it will be the Deerpark Golf Course, which is the course the Irish Open was played on. That means the front nine will be a different nine holes than those played last year, but the back nine will be the same holes.

“The front nine played last year was only six years old, whereas the front nine for this year is the same age as the back nine. It’s a shorter front nine this year but it will be a good test.”

Weather Watch
“The golf course is in very good shape, the rain we have had hasn’t played any adverse effect, though obviously the course is playing longer and the greens are very receptive at the moment.”

Course Hazards
“We don’t have a lot of rough. If you find the thick rough you have hit it quite wide to get there. We have a lot of trees in play; it’s a genuine parkland golf course. We have water hazards in play at eight holes as well.”

“It is always windy here! Traditionally the wind would be coming into you over the first two holes, which is probably the easiest way to play the course.”

Score To Aim For
“I think if you get into double digits under par then you have a very good total for the three rounds.”

Scoring Holes
“Four and five are back-to-back par fives but they are not giveaways. It’s very difficult to hit those greens in two but they are very good birdie opportunities. Ten and 18 are short par fives where you can end up making three or end up making seven!”

Top Tip
“I think a guy who hits it long will win here but the best advice, believe it or not, would just be to hit the fairways. It will come down to how the golfers play holes 10 to 14, they will be the deciding holes.”

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