Old Head Golf Links

18 Hole Semi- Private

Old Head Golf Links
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Old Head Golf Links

Old Head, Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

Phone: +353 21 477 8444, Fax: +353 21 477 8022

Golf Packages

with Old Head Golf Links
Trident Hotel Kinsale

Trident Hotel Kinsale 4 stars


3 Nights B&B and 2 green fees

Also includes: Cork GC

from 565,- per person Learn more
Hayfield Manor Hotel

Hayfield Manor Hotel 5 stars


5 Nights B&B and 3 green fees

Also includes: Cork GC and Fota Island Resort

from 875,- per person Learn more
Fota Island Resort

Fota Island Resort 5 stars


7 Nights B&B and 5 green fees

Also includes: Fota Island Resort and Cork GC

from 1029,- per person Learn more


The Old Head Golf Links near Kinsale, is rated in the world top 100 courses and steeped in Irish history and built on 216 acre headland jutting out into the Atlantic ocean opened as a golf course in the summer of 1977. So sensitive and challenging was the site it took no less than four renowned course architects to get it right. The team of Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan, J. B. Carr and the late Eddie Hackett sure did get it right. They tried 41 different routings before they were satisfied that they had done justice to this magnificent setting, which is arguably the most dramatic golf course in the world. The Course is on 180 acres with nine of the holes are played along the 300-feet rugged cliff-face giving a testing par-72, SSS 74 7,215 yards off the back tees.

Overhead cormorants, peregrine falcons, guillemots among other birds swoop along the cliff face. Golfers from all over the world flock to the Old Head to play a round of golf they will never forget at this awe inspiring setting. The most distinguished golfing visitors were, the sextet of Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara, Lee Janzen, David Duval, Stuart Appleby and the late Payne Stewart prior to the 1999 Open at Carnoustie. The Old Head is a must the only words I could find for it was "awesome".

Architecturally and environmentally the clubhouse is a credit to the two brothers that undertook this wonderful development. Voted the No. 24 ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008. The Old Head was voted No. 20 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.

The Course

18-Hole Course

Opened in 1997. Design: Eddie Hackett, Joe Carr, Liam Higgins, Patrick Merrigan & Ron Kirby. Style: Links.

Black (Men)72747159 yards
Blue (Men)72726860 yards
White (Men)72726508 yards
Yellow (Men)72675763 yards
Red (Women)72725150 yards

Practice Facilities

  • Driving Range (12 tees)
  • Putting Green
  • Pitching Green
  • Chipping Green
  • Practice bunker


18-Hole Course

Visitors are welcome every day.
Advance booking is essential.
A valid handicap certificate from player’s home club is required.
Handicap limit: men 24, women 36


Softspikes required.

No dogs allowed.

GPS devices approved.

Green Fees

18-Hole Course

Green FeeMon - FriSat, Sun, Holidays
18 Holes200 €200 €
Day ticket300 €300 €

Driving Range

Monday - Sunday


Club Amenities

  • Clubhouse
  • Locker rooms
  • Sauna
  • Club accepts credit cards
  • Bar
  • Beverage Cart


de Courcey Restaurant
Phone: (+353) (0)21 4778938, Fax: (+353) (0)21 4778022
Credit cards accepted.
Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Pro Shop

Old Head Golf Shop
Phone: (+353) (0)21 4778444, Fax: (+353) (0)21 4778022


  • Clubs for hire
  • Electro-cart for hire
  • Caddy

The Club

General Information

Founded: 1997


PresidentJohn O'Connor
Managing DirectorJim O'Brien
Club ManagerLhara O'Connor
SecretaryMargaret O'Connor
Pro-Shop ManagerRose Barry
Head ProN/A
ProDanny Brassil
Head GreenkeeperNeil Deasy
Restaurant ManagerJackie Mutter

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pitchmark 194 Reviews
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When we first drove out the road to the Old Head in 1998, we were annoyed because the high walls on both sides blocked the view. Only when we ourselves had our feet on the ground, we understood the reason - the wind tore at our bodies like wild. In heavy storms we would be blown smoothly over the cliff without the walls. The people had to come to the lighthouse - even in really bad weather

We all play golf for more than 25 years, the leader over 35, all have seen well over 500 golf courses. The Leader noted his 750th this year.

This course is clearly the No 1 in terms of spectacle.

The holes are not directly on the cliffs go a little under, in contrast to the 9 Klippenholes provide the full spectacle. But all are good or even very good holes.
Not for nothing is this course in Ireland in the top 20 - for Britain & Ireland it is easy to find in the top 100 - to find.
In front are the big links courses.

Care and maintenance meet the requirements. However, in the spring - after the winter storms - one must expect that even winter damage is visible. The salty air and the spray nibbles neatly on the green.

Twice we had during our visits decent Beaufort values, with appropriate swell. The spray we felt in the face. This time almost smoothly painted lake - hardly any wind.

Such good scores we have never brought here to the clubhouse, was really good. Almost all the balls survived the 18 holes, they come home in a special showcase.

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Pinseeker 18 Reviews
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Eye candy

Whoever was here knows what golf can be. No ifs and buts!

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rudi@gru-ber.de 16 Reviews
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First place in my top list

An indescribable experience in an indescribable place - play there once in your life and live on it for life.

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