Old Head Golf Links

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (1)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7212 yards

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

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

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7212 yards 0.0 0
Blue 72 6866 yards 0.0 0
White 72 6476 yards 0.0 0
Yellow 72 5708 yards 0.0 0
Red 72 5132 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 5.0 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
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"Old Head in southwest Ireland opens another cliff-hanger of a hole"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
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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

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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.

18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course