Ireland’s Golf Sanctuary – Old Head Kinsale

If looking for the ultimate golfing experience in Ireland, look no further than Old Head Kinsale golf course. This picture-perfect golf course is built on 220-acres of Ireland’s most spectacular coastline that juts out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean making it like no other golf course in the world. While not technically an island, it definitely delivers that remote feeling to those lucky enough to visit county Cork and play here. Golfers not only enjoy the challenges of this links golf course, but they relax in the panoramic views with the sea crashing against the rocks below on this unspoiled cliff frame making it the ultimate in golf real estate.

Celebrating its 21-year anniversary this year, this golf course promises to go from strength to strength with annual six-figure investments pushed back into fine-tuning the vision for this golfer’s paradise. Facilities include a helipad, caddie program, warm-up range with complimentary golf balls, a putting green, and a short game practice area. As well as a world-class golf course, Old Head Kinsale boasts a clubhouse with a 5-star restaurant, award-winning accommodation and a luxurious spa onsite making it the ultimate place to completely unwind. It is no surprise that so many Scandinavians, Asians, Italians, Americans, and Germans now travel here for golf as opposed to central Europe resorts.

This golf masterpiece was the vision of the late John O’Connor together with his brother Patrick who commissioned designer Ron Kirby to design this golf sanctuary, taking 54 routings before the final golf course was agreed. Of its 220-acres, the links and practice area dominate 180 of these leaving 40 remaining acres of unspoilt cliff frame for golfers to enjoy as they play this 7,100-yard (from the tips) golf course. As golfers progress through this links golf course they will discover the history encircling them; the remnants of not one but three lighthouses are found here with the current lighthouse located on the southern tip built in 1853 and the two earlier lighthouses built in 1667 and 1814 and visible near 6th & 7th tees.

Ireland is on the cusp of becoming one of the world’s greatest golfing meccas and golf courses like Old Head Kinsale bring this dream closer than ever. This is golf at its purest. Here, golfers truly experience that every hole, every hazard, and every shot is defined by nature’s infinite presence making it a wonderful test of golf that players will enjoy. A definite for every group’s bucket list when visiting Ireland!