The first specially built municipal golf course in the country opens in Cork.

Cork Corporation has built the new golf course on reclaimed land at a cost of £35,000. This is a unique facility and the first in the country.

Lord Mayor Toddy O'Sullivan has the job of driving off the first tee and the official opening ceremony.

Four former Cork International golfers Tom Egan, Mick Power, Bill Kelleher and George Crosby played the first round on the course on the scenic Mahon peninsula in Cork. The course is just one part of the overall development of the Mahon region where a new town development is underway.

The green fees will average £2 a round and will go towards repaying the cost of the course which was borrowed from the Golfing Union of Ireland.  The course currently has 12 holes over 60 acres. It is planned to extend the course to 18 holes on 110 acres.

The course was designed by golf architect Eddie Hackett. There are also plans for a clubhouse.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 September 1980. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.