Old Head Golf Links, Co. Cork, Ireland

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Old Head Golf Links

Old Head Golf Links was built on a 220-acre land head, pointing out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory is almost an island with numerous caves running beneath your feet as you play the course. Indeed, the course and practice ground occupy 180 acres and the remaining 40 acres of unspoilt cliffs edges the course.

The course was designed was influenced and constructed by a number of people:

  • Mr Ron Kirby – former designer at Jack Nicklaus’s Golf Design Services
  • Mr Paddy Merrigan. The Late Mr Merrigan was an Australian Agronomist and a Golf Course Architect.
  • Notable one if Ireland best Senor Golf Tour Professional Mr Liam Higgins.
  • The Golf Course Designer and late Eddie Hackett and the late Dr. Joe Carr, one of Ireland’s most successful international amateur golfer.
  • The Course was built by contractor Mr Haulie O’Shea.
  • Also, the late John O’Connor continuously adjusted holes slightly every year making course improvement. Certainly, this practice is continued by Old Head’s management team.

The Course:

The course is par 72, comprises five Par 5s, five Par 3s and eight Par 4s. Old Head on the ground plays 7137 yards from the Black Tee and 5,782 from the forward tee. Indeed, the yardage range from the various tee boxes offers a course length to suit every golfer. Playing Nine holes along close to the edges, all eighteen holes provides stunning ocean views everywhere you look from the course.

Primarily, Old Head Golf Links is as a walking course where all golfers may walk and play with the advice of a Caddie.  Old Head’s Caddie Programme is one of the best in Ireland. Also, if you have walking problems? You may also book golf carts and I would suggest booking prior to arrival.

Old Head Golf Links
Old Head Golf Links Score Card

The course is set up daily to help golfers deal with the varied weather conditions. For the 2018 golfing season, the practice ground has been adjusted so more golfers can enjoy warming up range with complimentary golf balls. Then a few chips and putts on the short game practice area before the 1st tee. Should you require any extra service, Old Head has a team of excellent services staff to take good care of each visiting golfer.

To Say that Old Head prides itself in offering the ultimate golfing experience with a touch magical of Irish hospitality. Essitally, the most stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lighthouse from the Clubhouse. The clubhouse provides the Lusitania Bar with a 5-star de Courcey Restaurant for casual, formal or private dining.

The Final Dooley Noted:

Finally, saying that Old Head is a wonderful golfing experience is true. However, for believeth to be true? Cleary, you must sample, engage and experience how Old Head ranks in your mind for one of the best Irish Golfing, Food and AcmmodationExperiences.

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An Irish Golf Tour 5 Great Additions

 

5 Great Additions to an Irish Golf Tour
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An Irish Golf Tour 5 Great Additions

  1. Helicopter Travel in Ireland

Indeed, Heli Golf Travel is the quickest transport to use to travel around Ireland. Such as the Old Head Golf Links location is in a secluded part of Cork and approx. 2hrs drive from Killarney and taking a Heli cuts that time to 25 minutes flying. Also, if you and your group situated in Lahinch or Killarney, Portrush or Carne. It’s a long bus ride playing cards to the Old Head Golf Links. Fly to all your golfing destination by Helicopter and your travel time is reduced by hours!

But, may I point out two cool visual experiences about flying into the Old Head. Firstly, landing at the Old Head Golf Links is very cool and secondly, is the helicopter trip from Old Head to Waterville. The views from above looking down on the Irish countryside and coastline are merely beautiful. A “did you know”, the helicopter landing pad at Old Head is closer to the clubhouse and 18th green than the car park.  Also, Irish Golf Tour 5 Great Additions.

  1. Rent an Irish Country House and party for a weekend!

What about the idea of renting an Irish Country house to host an extraordinary party to remember for all your guests? Concierge Golf can find the best location suited to the group. With the group’s input, we can create the menu, build the bar and hire the chef’s team to finish off the job. Furthermore, we can locate all the entertainment that the group would need. From a harpist, enjoying traditional Irish Dancers along with Irish traditional music to a rock n roll band. Rest assured that Concierge Golf Ireland can arrange all and any necessary details for one hell of a hooly at a Country House Party!

An Irish Golf Tour 5 Great Additions

  1. Spend a couple of nights at Adare Manor’s Stateroom

Adare was once the private home of the Earls of Dunraven and their families. Recently renovated Adare and the newly updated rooms are with the very latest in modern luxury. The room size averages 753 square feet/70 square metres of floor space with beautiful views of the French Gardens, the River Maigue and the championship golf course. Also, each stateroom was decorated in a grand historical style. Notably, with the beautiful 19th-century artwork and mahogany furniture are modelled on Georgian antiques. You and your partner can enjoy a luxurious king-sized bed and an elegant marble en-suite bathroom with double vanity.

Stand underneath the refreshing rainfall shower and extra-deep separate bath to help you relax. Including, a large private sitting room, furnished with couches, tables and a convenient desk. Also, a host of fascinating furniture details for you to discover. Uniquely, the Dunraven Staterooms have been designed to give you an authentic experience of life at the centre of a magnificent country mansion. The price ranges from €1,500 – €2,500 per night depending on seasonality and current demand. Adare merely is just luxury.

  1. Watch An Irish Sporting Occasion Live

Attending! One of the major Irish hurling or football games at Croke Park in Dublin is a must! Typically, the All Ireland finals are the biggest Irish games on the Irish calendar. Also, the final games are played during August & September. The trick is booking the golf tour in August or September ensuring the group is located in Dublin either on the 1st or the 3rd weekends of those months.  Hurling is one of the fastest field sports in the world and watching this game live is fantastic. Plus, you will find all the fans mixed. The GAA supporters in Ireland are known to be fun, comfortable and very family oriented.

Also, this is quite an Irish cultural experience, and I strongly recommend chatting with both sets of fans before and after the games. It’s likely that you would meet them the night before the games enjoying the nightlife around Dublin City centre.  The nightlife around Dublin City centre is electric around the finals. Notably, it’s easy to identify the fans on both sides as they typically wear their county’s jerseys by day and by night! Check out the All Ireland Hurling final between Cork & Clare in 2013. Click Here to view. 

An Irish Golf Tour 5 Great Additions

  1. Create the memories for a lifetime!

For instance, hire a photographer or a videographer?

Capturing one day, three days or every day and every golf shot with photographs and video. It’s easy to set up a file share and save the golf holiday pictures to an online storage folder. Also, why not get the whole group working together taking pictures all day every day. Notably, another person can be the storyteller and match the images to the Irish Golf Tour’s stories! Additionally, create a picture book and add short stories from the golf tour. Finally, send a copy of the Irish Golf Tour scrapbook to everyone, and there we have memories for a lifetime.

Creating a great golf tour video is a little bit more challenging than photography. However, with the right team and if the Irish weather behaves this is certainly a fantastic option. The Irish Golf Tour moving movie set. Consequently, capturing the moments going from course to course, hitting shots and the reactions to the balls flying into the junk. Videos travelling on the bus, playing cards, making jokes and celebrating the daily winning scores. A video will capture it all!

Should you wish to talk about a unique and special extra part of an Irish Golf Tour, please do not hesitate to contact us today: CLICK HERE.

John Dooley PGA Tel: +353212427913 | email info@conciergegolfireland.com  | An Irish Golf Tour 5 Great Additions | Heli Golf Ireland.

 

 

Heli Golf Ireland

Heli Golf Ireland

Heli Golf Ireland
Heli Golf Ireland

Are you thinking about a Helicopter Golf Vacations in Ireland? In this following blog post, I am suggesting a number of items to consider before embarking on such wonderful adventure.

What to plan?

Let’s start off identifying how many days the group has available? List out the main golf course that the group would like to play. Followed by what type of accommodation, type of dining and if anyone in the group has specific dietary requirements. Also, do plan and book in advance body massages for the group after golf daily.

I firmly suggest dealing with only 5* hotels for a number of reasons. Such as; offering a variety of food experiences. A Hotel SPA is very important for golfer’s massages and relaxing body treatments. Also, great service means, that the hotel can deal with the various requests that the golfers look for at the drop of a hot. Otherwise known as pronto services! Which is more likely to be found at 5* hotels.

Finally, in any event, that the Helicopters can fly due to fog or really poor weather. I strongly recommend keeping ground transportation on-site at each golf course. Clearly, the ground transport would be a nice comfortable bus large enough to transfer the group to their next destination. Also, the transport would be used to move luggage from hotel to hotel as the group flys and plays golf!

What to see?

In any event that flying over and between the various mountain ranges and around the coastline of Ireland was not good enough. Landing and taking off at Old Head is pretty cool with the backdrop of the cliffs and lighthouse (check out his youtube clip CLICK HERE). Also, flying to and from Waterville Golf Links & Hogs Head Golf Club is possibly one of the most scenic Heli rides to take.

Golf Courses to play

Heli golf is sea for playing 36 holes at the grade A Irish golf links courses. The following is a list of golf courses that could be played in day. Meaning 36 holes, however its easy to chop and change courses depending on the location, weather and available tee times.

Ballybunion Golf Club or Hogs Head Golf Club    Tralee Golf Club
Waterville Golf Links    Old Head Golf Links
Adare Golf Resort    Royal County Down Golf Club
Royal Portrush Golf Club    Ballyliffin Golf Club
Carne Golf Links    Enniscrone Golf Club
Co. Sligo Golf Club    Co. Donegal Golf Club
Connemara Golf Club    Lahinch Golf Club

Part of the organisation for where to play is where is the ideal location to based the group. We recommend using hotel locations on West Coast of Ireland such as Dromoland Castle, Adare Resort and Doonbeg. Mainly to do with access from the landing pads to the front door of the hotels. Also, as the Helicopter company we use is based in Galway and it saves a few bucks benig based on the West Coast of Ireland rather than Dublin. Also, for Dublin based 5* hotels, the airfields can be from 30 – 45-minute transfers depending on traffic and the hotel location.

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Dooley Noted final thoughts.

Heli Golf is the ultimately the fastest way to travel around Ireland. Its short trips from the hotels to golf courses and flying is so easy. It’s a case of walking out the door of the hotel, climb into the Heli and off you go! Notably, if the group was staying at Doonbeg, it’s approx. 15 minutes flying time from taking off to touch down at Ballybunion Golf Club and 18-minutes in total to Tralee Golf Club. Also, consider only 35-minutes flying time to Old Head and Waterville Golf Links or Hogs Head Golf Club from Doonbeg. Rather than a whole day travelling by bus to any of the courses just mentioned.

Yes, the cost of flying from course to course is not economical comparing to travelling by ground transport. However, if the budget is there, why not golf and travel by a helicopter.

Concierge Golf Ireland offers full specialised services to arrange and manage Heli golf in Ireland. The services are booking and managing, tee times, accommodation, multiple grounds and helicopter transfers along with the various dining reservations. Due to the nature of the service requirements for Heli golf, Concierge Golf Ireland will be on hand to deal with all the group’s service requirements.

Contact us today to book a Heli golf trip to Ireland.

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