Old Head Golf Links

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (2)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7159 yards
  • Layout

  • Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
  • +353 (0) 21 477 8444
  • +353 (0) 21 477 8022
  • www.oldhead.com
Write a review

Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Eddie Hackett (1997), Ron Kirby (1997), Patrick Merrigan (1997), Joe Carr (1997)
Type: Public
Style: Parkland/Links
Golf Season: April 14th - November 31st


Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: Yes


Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7159 yards 0.0 0
Blue 72 6860 yards 0.0 0
White 72 6508 yards 0.0 0
Yellow 72 5763 yards 0.0 0
Red 72 5150 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 5.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 2 Reviews
5 stars:
4 stars:
3 stars:
2 stars:
1 stars:

recommend this course

2 out of 2 reviews



Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Words, even pics cannot describe..."

jimmagg's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Old Head may be the most spectacular course in the world.... certainly the most amazing and challenging I have ever seen or played. Views are unbelievable on EVERY hole. Th entire course is 250-300 ft. above the ocean. Staff and caddies were awesome. Ireland is windy but this was off the charts for wind!! You better practice your your low ball shots, even drives will blow like tissues on windiest days after the ball looses momentum. We threw tees straight down off the cliff in this pic and they blew over our heads like magic. The greens and fairways were as nice as Pine Valley. Words and pics cannot fully describe Old Head!!!

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging

I recommend this course

"Old Head in southwest Ireland opens another cliff-hanger of a hole"

JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

My most recent round at Old Head in perfect sunshine vaults the cliff-top course firmly into the top 10 golf experiences I've ever had. There are some average inland holes - and I'm still not a fan of the par-5 10th - but the holes along the cliffs are so spectacular and so breathtaking. The changes made since my last round at Old Head in 2010 have improved the routing tremendously. The new par-3 13th hole that opened this year clutches the cliffs, replacing an inland hole. The fairway of the 17th hole has been reshaped to bring the last remaining section of the cliffs not used in the original routing more into play on a tough par 5 that finishes at the base of the lighthouse. Stone monuments erected throughout the layout tell stories of shipwrecks, sunken cannons and the lighthouse, adding another nice touch. The only negative of the day was a constant buzz of helicopters bringing more golfers to play and stay at the club's luxurious suites. Maybe I was just jealous.

Player Tip: The cliffs will swallow any shot that misses left of the aiming rock off the 12th tee.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

    Marketing Tools for Golf Course Operators

    • Add a Golf Advisor Rating Badge to Your Website. Get Widget
    • Get a feed with the latest reviews for this course Feed