Headfort (Old) - Meath - Ireland

Headfort Golf Club,
Navan Road,
County Meath,

  • +353 (0) 28 924 0146

  • Golf Club Website

  • Between Navan and Kells, off the N3

  • Welcome, special “early bird” rates available

  • Brian Mungovan

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  • Brendan McGovern

The little market town of Kells is well known for its association with the religious Book of Kells and its collection of Celtic Crosses and other artifacts from the monastic era in Ireland. Not so well known is that the name Kells comes from Kenlis, the anglicized version of the Irish “Ceann Lios,” meaning headfort – which just happens to be the name of the 36-hole golf club outside the town.

Formed in 1928, Headfort Golf Club opened its first 9-hole layout two years later, the same time as it affiliated to the Golf Union of Ireland, in 1930. Members played on this course quite contentedly for twenty-six years before it was expanded to eighteen holes in 1956. So, although named the Old course, it has, in reality, only been in play for just over half a century.

The Old course at Headfort is routed over relatively flat, open land with stands of mature trees in many locations around the property. Tee boxes are immaculately maintained and fairways are wide and handsome, leading to large, lightly bunkered greens. It may now live in the shadow of the New course but the Old is still a fine parkland track that will delight even the most hard-to-please golfer.

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Description: The Old course at Headfort Golf Club may now live in the shadow of the New course but the Old is still a fine parkland track that will delight even the most hard-to-please golfer. Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Anthony McNamee
Headfort New is perhaps my favourite course in Ireland. When I've mentioned this to people in the past they almost always wanted to talk about how good the Old course is too. So I went with high hopes, which probably amplified my disappointment. This isn't a poor course. It's mature and well presented, and a decent walk. But there is nothing exceptional here. The front 9 suffers from a lack of variety, just one mild tree-lined dogleg after another. The back 9 picks up, and 12-15 is an interesting stretch when things get narrower and approach shots vary. All told, if you were to compare this course hole-by-hole with its sibling, the New would come out on top on 15+ occasions. Perhaps this is a little unfair in that Headfort New would rack up figures like that against most courses in Ireland... but most courses in Ireland are rarely stood for this sort of comparison! Magnificent clubhouse and superb facilities by the way.
November 07, 2011
4 / 10
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