Region: South West 

Course Name:  Old Head Golf Course  

Address:  Kinsale, Co. Cork    

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At a Glance 

Occupying a stunning and unique headland reaching out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the Old Head of Kinsale is home to the most spectacular world-class golf course and luxury members’ accommodation. Located in County Cork on the South West Coast of Ireland, as the incredible brainchild of the late John O’Connor together with his brother Patrick, the Club has developed into one of the most recognized and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth.

Founded: 1997
Type: Links
Par: 72
Length: 7,100 yards / 6495 meters
Holes: 18
Designer:Ron Kirby/Eddie Hackett/Joe Carr/Paddy Merrigan/Liam Higgins/Haulie O’Shea 


One of Ireland’s most breathtaking courses

Occupying land that juts out over 2 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head Golf Course in Kinsale is one of Ireland’s most breathtaking courses. Whether it is the unique history of the land, the stunning natural landscape, or the picturesque flora and fauna throughout the course and sight, you will be sure to remember your time at Old Head.  

Nearby Airports
Cork Airport (45 minutes – 22 miles/35 kms)
Shannon Airport (2 hours – 110 miles/180 kms)
Dublin Airport (3 hours – 190 miles/300 kms)


But we are here for the golf... 

The course is set up each day based on the prevailing weather conditions. Though quite long, the course is fair and rewards good play. It plays 7,100 yards from the back tees and roughly 6,500 yards from the visitors. Depending on which tees you play from, Old Head will play like two different courses. Compared to most links courses in Ireland, the ground is quite flat and the course is open. That does not necessarily mean it is an advantage to the golfer as many of the holes are played alongside the cliff edge bringing out of bounds into play not only on your tee shot but also on your second (and in some cases your third!). The 17th is one of the most memorable holes in the South West of Ireland as the green has a wonderful backdrop. It is also memorable because the Par 5 can play between 570 and 630 yards! Par this hole and you will be full of confidence stepping up onto the 18th tee.  


Local Attractions

  • Charles Fort
  • Kinsale Town
  • James Fort
  • Old Head
  • Garrettstown Beach
  • Many amazing restaurants in Kinsale – including the Michelin star Bastion

What our Guests say:

Take advantage of the world-class practice facilities before you play. It is the perfect way to tune your game before walking onto the 1st tee box.


Our Verdict:

Old Head is the perfect welcome to links golf in the South West of Ireland! Get used to play under the Atlantic breeze here and it will stand to you as you progress through the region.


Golf Pro Mark O'Meara says:

"This has to be one of the most spectacular locations I have ever seen for a golf course…and the holes along by the sea are especially lovely, when the wind blows, this course will take on an entirely new character…The beauty of the place will make it a must for tourists from the U.S. but anyone who has a love of golf and scenic beauty should make a point of playing here, it's as simple as that."

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