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Old Head Golf Links, Ireland

Old Head Golf Links is located south of Cork and in a truly unique position. Based on a sandstone rock in the pacific it is a very special experience to walk this terrain. I visited the course in May and the weather was good. Very little wind and no rain. This was the first course we played during our Ireland trip and we where all extremely excited to play this course.

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Helicopter availability if you want to make the experience even more fantastic
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Hole 4, Par 4, 415 yards

One of the stunning holes running along the ocean and with views of the lighthouse.

Above is short video of my recovery shot on 4th hole. Obviously not the first one to have been up there as there was a small path running up there. It was one of my better bogeys of the day.

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Hole 7, 163 yards, Par 3

The par 3’s on the course are just amazing. The are set beautifully in the terrain and really requires some good shots. I can only imagine how difficult they will play if the winds get up.

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Hole 10, Par 5, 485m

This dogleg left to right is one of the holes where you can make up a shot. I hit my drive severely right and was still left with a good approach to the green. I managed to make a well needed birdie.

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Hole 11, Par 3, 184 yards

A slight uphill par 3, where I hit a good tee shot and got my second birdie.

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Hole 13, Par 3, 145 yards

A really good hole where the pin was placed on the front edge. Should be a relatively easy shot, but I hit my first ball in the water left and made double bogey.

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Hole 16, Par 3, 163 yards

The hole is well protected by  bunkers. I really messed up this hole. I hit my first ball right and took a drop. Hit a poor pitch into the bunker and took 6.

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It may be obvious, but it is good that they have put up signs in the most dangerous areas when you approach the edge as the drop is severe
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Hole 12, 537 yards, par 5

One of the most difficult holes on the course. I really enjoyed this hole and Ron Kirby has really created a unique hole where you have a completely blind tee shot by can spot the green in the far distance. We had very little wind and it was slightly headwind. We hit some good drives aimed towards the path and we just managed to reach the fairway. From there we still had a long way to the green – this hole is a monster if the wind is strong.

Check out video of the 12th hole from the tee.

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Approach to 12th hole

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18th green

I really enjoyed this golf course and experience, even though I was dissapointed with my score of 88. The location, design and layout is just stunning. The condition was not immaculate but fine for this time of year. There is only a few weak holes on the course, but in general many of the holes are well designed and they have managed to take good advantage of the terrain.

We had good weather condition and I did not think the course was too difficult. It was mainly my game that let me down which resulted in too many lost shots. However, I am certain that you will really need your A game to score well it the conditions are difficult.

I would definately recommed this course and one day I will return to try and improve my score.

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