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Old Head

Bold and dramatic , Old Head is undoubtedly one of the world ’ s greatest golfing experiences . The peninsula south of Kinsale blossoms like a pearl earring , dropping into the Atlantic Ocean . It promises tees and greens perched on 300 foot cliffs . Half of the holes here sit tantalisingly above the raging sea . You head out to a lighthouse ( the famous 4th ) on the front nine and then back again . For the back nine , you ’ re almost pressing ‘ repeat ’.
The back tee on the 18th is one of the scariest places you will ever hit a shot from , tucked above cliffs and below the lighthouse . It may be surprising to find that golf here is of the generous variety . On such an exclusive , plush course the objective is not to punish you but to let you play . If you don ’ t knock it into the ocean then you ’ re unlikely to lose it . That said , the par five 12th is one of the most terrifying and beautiful holes you will ever play … and donating a ball to the ocean is exhilarating .