General

Old Head Golf Links of Kinsale is home to a World-Class Golf Course and Luxury Members’ Accommodation located in County Cork on the Southwest Coast of Ireland. The brainchild of the late John and his brother Patrick O’Connor, the Club has developed into one of the most recognised and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth. A golf break here is a sanctuary for those seeking the finest in personalized service. We look forward to welcoming you to the ‘Old Head Experience’ in the very near future.

Old Head prides itself in offering the ultimate experience in golf with a seamless blend of Irish hospitality. Old Head’s Clubhouse overlooks the 18th green and commands stunning vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Old Head Lighthouse. It blends in superbly with the rugged nature of the headland and also includes the Lusitania Bar, the 5-star de Courcey Restaurant and the Hibernian Suite.

Price shown is based on Low Season  and twin share, 1 night and 1 round – Low season is Monday 15th April to Thursday 2nd May 2019 and Monday 14th October to Thursday 31st October 2019.

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The Old Head is a remarkably dramatic piece of Ireland, protruding over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The sandstone rock of the Old Head was formed over 350 million years ago in a shallow tropical sea, at which stage Ireland was located some 22° south of the Equator. Over the next 200 million years the sandstone was folded by constant tectonic forces and the landmass shifted to its present location at 55° north.

The Atlantic Ocean began to open up and over the next 100 million years the land rose, volcanic activity abounded, rainforests flourished, ice-ages came and went and gradually the landscape was eroded by wind and water that ground it into its shape today.

Over half a million shrubs, plants and bushes were planted at Old Head creating new wildlife habitats. Pygmy Shrews, Bank Voles, Kestrels, Foxes and Hares have all made their home at Old Head. There also exists in this special place the only mixed seabird colony of its kind in this part of Europe that you can walk to. All other comparable colonies are on islands.

Whale watching is another popular activity off the Old Head of Kinsale. Of Ireland’s 23 known species of whale, 15 species (including dolphins and porpoises) can be seen in the course of the year off the Old Head

The Golf

Old Head Golf Links is built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory is almost an island with numerous caves running beneath your feet as you play the course. The links and practice area occupy 180 acres and the remaining 40 acres of unspoilt cliff (rising in places to over 300 feet) frame the course.

Designed and constructed by a unique team, Ron Kirby - former designer at Jack Nicklaus’s Golf Design Services, Paddy Merrigan - Australian course architect and agronomist, Liam Higgins - one of Ireland’s best known golf professionals currently on the Seniors Tour, the late Eddie Hackett - former Irish golf professional and golf course designer, the late Dr. Joe Carr - Ireland’s most successful international amateur golfer and finally, Haulie O’Shea – building contractor.

Old Head, par 72, comprises five Par 5s, five Par 3s and eight Par 4s – stretching to over 7,200 yards from the tips, with a minimum of six tees per hole. Nine holes play along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views. With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and the high handicapper alike.

Old Head Golf Links is designed as a walking course where Members and Guests are encouraged to walk the links with a Caddie. Old Head's Caddie Programme is among one of the most extensive and professional worldwide.

The course is set up, depending on conditions, on a daily basis. Facilities include a warm up range with complimentary golf balls and a short game practice area. Old Head has a team of fully trained outside services staff to cater for your every need.