Old Head Golf Links

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Old Head Golf Links Est. 1997

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Old Head Golf Links: To say that Old Head occupies a unique piece of property is an understatement. Sitting high on a dramatic spit of land that juts two miles into the North Atlantic, this open, treeless and always challenging layout caused a sensation when it opened for play in 1997. Only the golf course, the clubhouse and an impressive looking lighthouse now reside here. On all sides the layout is buttressed by impressively tall cliffs, some climbing over 300-feet from the sea up to the course. Golf doesn't get any more spectacular than this.

Dramatic scenery and magnificent ocean views are guaranteed. So too is an absorbing layout, with good-width rolling fairways, excellent bunkering and large expansive greens. The par of 72 includes five par-5s and five par-3s, with six tee options on each hole. Nine of the holes play directly along the cliffs tops, with precipitous drops on one side or the other. The stunning par-4 18th plays from the lighthouse back to the clubhouse, usually with the wind assiting. With little else on Old Head except the golf course, you can give full attention to the golfing challenges at hand. Principal among these will be flighting your ball into the wind. On good days that might be a light sea breeze. On others it may be a case of "wherever the wind takes my ball, there go I," .... except that is over the cliffs' edge.

With one of the heftier green fees in Ireland, and the chance to loose a ball or two, Old Head may have you digging deep into your pockets. But some golf experiences are not about counting the cost, rather than marvelling at the experience. This is one of them.

MOST MEMORABLE HOLES: The opening stretch of four holes that stretch up to the lighthouse are unforgettable, while the par-5 12th also presents another jaw-dropping spectacle.

Stay & Play at Old Head: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Making Contact

Old Head Golf Links
Old Head,
nr Kinsale, Co. Cork 
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Office   +353 (0)21 4778 444
Pro Shop   +353 (0)21 4778 444

  +353 (0)21 4778 022

Email   info@oldhead.com
Website   www.oldhead.com
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Clifftop course.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Coastal cliffs and rural countryside.
Designer: A collaborative design involving Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan, Liam Higgins, Eddie Hackett and Dr. Joe Carr.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7215 5550
Par 72 72
SSS or Slope 74 67
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How2Get There?

48 km S of Cork

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (early-May thru' mid-Oct): Mon-Thur €275; Fri-Sun: €300. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends possible. Course closed during winter (usually Nov thru' March).  Must book in advance. Handicap required
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Other Information
Old Head is intended as a walking course and players are encouraged to walk with caddies. Caddies available at all times. Golf carts (fitted with GPS) are also available for hire.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

The brainchild of John and Patrick O’Connor, Old Head has developed into one of the most recognised and sought after golf experiences anywhere in the world - a sanctuary for those seeking the finest in personalised service.

The Old Head Caddie Programme is one of the most extensive and professional worldwide, with approximately 160 caddies working at the Club during the season.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 65th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (51.608556)
Longitude: (-8.532600)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Old Head of Kinsale Suites & Spa 5-star
Kinsale, County Cork P17 CX88.
+353 (0) 21 477 8444

Occupying a stunning and unique headland reaching out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the Old Head of Kinsale is home to one of the world's most spectacular golf courses, as well as 15 luxury suites, a world-class Spa and a five-star restaurant. Although Old Head's website currently mentions the suites are "member-only", they can be booked (subject to availability) by non-members.

Golf at this hotel Old Head
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Golf within 10 km No
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Golf within 30 km Cork; Fota Island (35 km).
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The Old Bank House 4-star
Pearse St, Kinsale, Co. Cork.
+353 (0)21 477 4075

Located in the centre of Kinsale alongside many famous bars and restaurants, each room in the Old Bank House is a blend of Georgian splendour and modern comfort, with many period pieces and original art.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km No
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Golf within 30 km Old Head of Kinsale; Cork; Fota Island (35 km).
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