Old Head Golf Links

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (4)
  • 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
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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

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
0
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
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1 stars:
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recommend this course

4 out of 4 reviews


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"Bucket List - Better than Pebble Beach"


yellowjacket77's avatar
Age: 55-64
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course was so fun to play. In addition, almost as soon as you leave the first hole the dramatic settings and beautiful course layout are jaw dropping. Caddie was knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Great range and practice areas also. Can't recommend this place more highly. Didn't hurt that I played very well here. Expensive, but I'm willing to play this again, someday.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Make It No.1 On Your Bucket List"


IAN1196853's avatar
Age: 55-64
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2015
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Any golfer, anywhere in the world who has a bucket list, rewrite it and place Old Head Golf Club squarely at the top of the list. It's not the best course I have ever played but it is far and away the best golf experience I have ever had.

The excitement starts to build as you turn off the road out if Kinsale on to a narrow winding lane barely capable of accommodating one car let a alone two. As you approach the promontory the course sits on you get a first glimpse of the old fort and then the lighthouse. Entering via the fort gate, you are welcomed and your clubs taken from you as you go and check in.

The clubhouse and surrounds are beautiful with stone work everywhere. You immediately walk through the clubhouse to the outdoor deck overlooking the 17th and 18th for the first jaw dropping view. It's hard to drag yourself away to the practice fairway where your clubs await along with complimentary balls.

Twelve of the eighteen holes play with the ocean along one side. On numerous occasions you are asked to hit shots across water carries and ravines and how much you choose to bite off is up to you.

The first doesn't give much sense of what is to come but the second spells it out in spades with a big sweeping dog leg right to left. A tough hole for the common man but your author managed to hole his second from 155 yards out from the fairway for an eagle two which kind of helped the scorecard.

The third and thirteenth are similar par 3's playing with the cliff on the right and ocean left and greens cut into the side of the cliff. "Razors Edge" the fourth hole is awe inspiring with a long tee shot needed shaping right to left and cliffs all the way from tee to green. The green is extremely narrow and with a 200 foot drop three metres left of the green, it's reasonably challenging!

And so it continues. The twelfth is another one of those "Kodak" moments with a drive across a huge ravine plummeting down to the sea. There is actually plenty of fairway to hit to, you just can't see it off the tee and have to trust the stone marker and your swing.

The finishing three holes are just magic, particularly the long sweeping par 5 seventeenth but the real photo shot is eighteen where you tee off under the lighthouse. Like just about everyone else I guess, we went back to the tiger tee under the lighthouse to have a crack at the fairway 240 metres away and came away smiling with a couple of solid efforts. The actual tee wouldn't be any bigger than a smallish bedroom.

A few Guinness on the deck reminiscing and we had to reluctantly bid farewell to Old Head vowing to return to this place but not before marvelling at the cable television showing the latest golf tournament above the men's urinal. Nice touch that one.


Player Tip: It is expensive but if you can afford it, stay a night onsite to make the experience even more memorable and play the course twice.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"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



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