Old HeadThe Old Head golf course is the “most spectacular” course on the planet, according to Links Magazine.

The breathtaking Irish course, a popular destination for golf holidays, saw off stiff competition from Cypress Point Club in California and New Zealand’s Cape Kidnappers to win the accolade in the spring edition of the publication. It was, in fact, the only course in Europe to make the top 10, alongside representatives from China, Mexico and South Africa.

“It is a one-of-a-kind sort of place,” is how Old Head president John O’Connor described it to worldgolf back in August. And it’s easy to see why Mr O’Connor thinks so.

For starters, the par-72 links course near Kinsale, County Cork, is built on a strip of land that sticks out some two miles into the moody Atlantic Ocean. Nine of the holes are set out over the wave-lashed cliff tops, some of which are over 300ft tall. The views really do have to be seen to be truly appreciated – and although it’s fair to say that that’s a familiar cliché when it comes to golf course reviews, but if it can be said of anywhere in the world, then it can most certainly be said of this breathtakingly beautiful Irish course.

Maintaining concentration levels in such exquisite surroundings is also easier said than done, and if you’re not on your game then the ever-changing weather conditions could just catch you out. Needless to say, the wind can pick up and prove extremely challenging. However, it’s a small price to pay for sampling the Old Head experience.

The lighthouse at the end of headland adds another dimension to the most impressive of backdrops, and the quality of the facilities and the course itself more than matches the standard of the surroundings. Green fees range from €95 to €200 for 18 holes depending on which time of year you make the trip to southern Ireland and if you are looking to make the most of a trip to the south of Ireland then there are plenty of other golf courses in County Cork and Southern Ireland to look out for.

As if merely playing Old Head isn’t exhilarating enough, guests are invited to stay in one of 15 on-site suites overlooking the course. There’s also a spa if the daily golfing begins to take its toll. A maze of narrow streets, the charmingly colourful town of Kinsale is only five miles away from Old Head, and has plenty of accommodation to suit every budget if staying at the course itself isn’t an option. Here, you’ll find an interesting assortment of traditional bars, restaurants and boutique shops galore, and if ever you feel like a little excursion away from golfing, there’s also yachting and sea angling to entertain yourself with there in Kinsale.