Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale isn't just another golf course; it's an experience that transcends the game itself. Occupying a remarkable 220-acre peninsula that stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean, this corporate club features an 18-hole links course that seems almost suspended between heaven and earth. While the promontory appears to be a near-island - complete with subterranean caves - 180 acres are dedicated to the links and practice areas, framed by 40 acres of untouched cliff side. As you drive through the ancient gateway and move along the fragrant driveway lined with Hydrangea and Rosa Rugosa, the Atlantic's powerful waves crash below, almost as if saluting your arrival to this golfing sanctuary.
Founded in 1997 and ranked 32nd by Golf Monthly, the course is as versatile as it is breathtaking. A par-72 layout features five Par 5s, five Par 3s, and eight Par 4s, and stretches from 5,413 yards from the ladies' tees to over 7,100 yards from the tips. Six tee options per hole make it an accessible challenge for both pros and novices. Interestingly, nine of the holes run along the cliff tops, while all eighteen grant magnificent ocean views. The daily setup varies according to weather conditions, keeping even the most frequent visitors on their toes.
Not to be overlooked are the top-notch facilities that add an extra layer of luxury to your visit. The warm-up range, putting green, and short-game practice area ensure that you're well-prepared before setting foot on the first tee. And it's not just about golf; the Clubhouse is designed to cater to every need and elevate the entire experience. With a bar, restaurant, pro shop, and even onsite accommodation, Old Head has left no stone unturned when it comes to service and amenities. The oak-lined locker rooms even boast spa showers, encapsulating the luxurious attention to detail that characterizes the entire club.
So, whether you're looking to challenge your game against the backdrop of changing sea breezes or simply immerse yourself in unparalleled luxury, Old Head Golf Links delivers on both counts. It's not just the golf course that will leave you in awe; it's the holistic experience, a harmonious blend of natural beauty and man-made perfection. Truly, Old Head Golf Links is more than just a golf club; it's a world unto itself, offering a golfing experience that you'll be hard-pressed to forget.