Fota back in reckoning to stage Irish Open

Fota Island in Cork is back in the frame to host next year’s Irish Open.

Talks are underway between European Tour officials and Fota Island representatives to bring the golf event back to Cork for the first time since 2002.

The 780-acre resort was sold in August to the Kang family from China for around €20m, with the new owners pledging to bring an international golf tournament back to the resort for the first time in over a decade. It is understood Fota have put a substantial financial package on the table for Tour officials to consider.

This has led to a visit at the weekend to Cork by European Tour officials looking for an alternative to last year’s Open venue at Carton House. It is believed Druid’s Glen is also in the running to host the 2014 Open. The venue was a key point for discussion between Bord Fáilte officials and the Tour on the margins of the Irish Golf Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) conference at the Hotel Europe in Killarney last night.

Tour officials have made the point in the past that they have greater access to corporate sponsorship if the Open remains in the greater Dublin area.

Industry sources suggests it would take an offer in excess of €250,000 to lure the Open away from the capital.


More in this Section

US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk rues ‘25 years of scars’

Quick-fire Hatton double in Monza

Rory McIlroy: ‘If I had a career goal, it would be to be the best international golfer ever’

Tyrrell Hatton holds off late Ross Fisher flurry to retain Dunhill Links title


Breaking Stories

Champions League wrap: Spurs hold champions Real Madrid, while Man City and Liverpool post victories

NFL talks bring no immediate resolution over standing for the American anthem

Liverpool break club record in hammering Maribor

Man City maintain winning start against Napoli, despite giving away two penalties

Lifestyle

Remembering the dead: Poignant reason behind Cork’s Zombie Walk

Eight events around Ireland to check out for some frightful fun this Halloween

Massacre at mass on Scariff Island

Ask Audrey: 'It’s like I’m in a horror movie called Revenge of the Norries'

More From The Irish Examiner