About the Club
Designed by a combination of Ireland's golfing heroes
and design experts, the Old Head Golf Links
is quite simply one of the most remarkable developments ever conceived in the history of golf; an Atlantic promontory that will never be rivaled in terms of drama and beauty. The course rises hundreds of feet above dramatic cliffs, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on all sides and commanding the most spectacular views from almost every part.
The Old Head of Kinsale
is an area rich in historical, archaeological and scientific interest. It is a national monument and an ancient royal site, fortified by a castle at the narrowest part of the promontory, with history traceable back to several centuries before Christ. Scenically awesome and rugged, it is the only place known by historians that can be directly linked with the Eireann Celtic tribe, from whom it is assumed that the country got its name (Eireann being a Gaelic term for Ireland). The Old Head has seen much change during its past and the golf links provides yet another chapter in the history of this remarkable place.
You may have walked the fairways of Augusta, manoeuvred around the cliffs of Pebble Beach or witnessed the history of the Old Course at St. Andrews but rest assured that you have never seen a golf course as overwhelmingly striking as the Old Head of Kinsale
. The 220 acre site of five par 3's, five par 5's and eight par 4's is configured as two returning loops of nine holes. Eight of the holes play directly along the cliff tops, providing an exhilarating test of golf and concentration. On a fine day, the Old Head can actually accommodate a fairly low return but the vagaries of the Atlantic winds ensure that the course offers a different challenge every day.
For a golf course of this magnitude, it is fitting to conclude with the thoughts of one of Ireland's greatest golfing sons, 3 times British Amateur Champion and former captain of the Royal and Ancient, Joe Carr. Speaking about the course, he commented: "The Old Head will in my estimation rate with the great golf courses of the world. Its location, its scenic reality and spectacular terrain remind me of Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. I see Old Head as a golfer's paradise and it has the potential of being the eighth wonder of the world, in golfing terms." Strong words but accurate indeed.
From Cork City/Airport to Kinsale:
From the city centre, follow the signs for the Airport (south of the city). From the Airport follow the signs for Kinsale (R600).
Drive out of Kinsale and follow the signs for Bandon and Garrettstown until you come to a bridge at the end of town. Cross the bridge, following the road around to the right (Old Head is signposted from here). Exactly 2 miles after the bridge, turn left at the junction. Follow this road for another 3 ½ miles until you reach the Speckled Door pub. Drive straight on for 1 mile. This will bring you to the gates of Old Head Golf Links.
Follow the N70 via Caherciveen and Killorglin and then take the N72 to Killarney&
Follow the R553 to Listowel, the N69 to Tralee and the N21/22 to Killarney&..
Follow the N22 to Macroom. From Macroom follow the directions for Cork but turn to the right at Crookstown in the direction of Bandon (R590)&..
Follow the N71, but just before exiting the town, take a right and go through Ballinadee, Ballinspittle, Garrettstown, taking a right at the Speckled Door pub for Old Head.
Alternatively: Follow the N71 through Bandon towards Cork. Take a right at Halfway roundabout (a major junction on exiting Inishannon) and follow the signs to Kinsale on the R607.