Old Head Golf Links

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  • Architects:
    • Kirby, Ron
    • Eddie Hackett
    • Carr, Joe
    • Merrigan, Paddy
    • Higgins, Liam
    • O’Shea, Haulie
  • Holes of Merit:
    4, 12, 17
  • NCG Rank:
    60/100 in GB&I


The Old Head has a long Irish history, being shown as a landmark on a map by Ptolemy in 100 A.D.

The headland has been a sought-after stronghold for Iron Age settlers, the early founders of Ireland - the Eirinn clan, local king - Eri Cearmna, the Vikings, the Celts, and then the de Courcey family.

Three lighthouses, or remnants thereof, can be seen on the course. The first by the 6th tee dates from 1667. The second by the 7th tee dates from 1814. The existing lighthouse was built in 1853 and stands behind the 18th tees.

64 species of sea birds have been spotted nesting on the cliffs with another 43 species seen visiting! A botanical survey recently discovered 111 species on the headland. 23 types of whales and 15 types of dolphins and porpoises have been spotted from the links.

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Golf Course Review

Old Head Golf Links is located on one of the most spectacular land formations on planet earth. The unique sandstone headland juts two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. Found near the popular tourist town of Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, it is one of the most memorable locations for golf in the world. The 220-acre headland, known as the Head of Kinsale, was used for grazing sheep and cattle in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The links lie 300 feet above sea level on a 220-acre diamond-shaped promontory. 180 acres is used for golf with the remaining acreage frames the course. The cliff tops are the home to a world-class golf course and luxury members accommodation. There are 5 Par 5s and 5 Par 3s with eight one-shot holes. Nine holes play along the cliff edge and all eighteen provide Atlantic Ocean views.

Purchased in 1989, construction began in 1993 and opened for play in 1997. A difficult and complicated construction project, the course is attributed mainly to the team of Ron Kirby, Liam Higgins & Dr Joe Carr.

The green fee is steep but Old Head Golf Links is one of the premier golf experiences in the world.

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