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The Most Beautiful Courses in the World-Old Head

(2009-11-17 21:48:27)
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Old Head Golf Links is certainly a beautiful golf course but even more, it's a beautiful piece of property. I've certainly never seen anything like it and the breathtaking views and the unique setting offers our players a memory I don't think you can recreate anywhere else. We sit 300 feet above the water and the majesty of the cliffs, with the sounds of the ocean and the smell of the air, you could put many things on this land and it would be beautiful. But put a world-class golf course here like we've done and now you have something that is really one of the unique and amazing spectacles you could find anywhere.

 

Old Head is situated on a 220 acre diamond-shaped area that extends two miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the southern tip of Ireland, it is both remote and still accessible. In fact, one of the phrases that we hear from many players is that they feel as if they are on the "edge of the world." And we love that. The green complexes for each hole have been designed to be as open as possible, thus offering the player a view of the ocean from every hole, from every view. So in that sense, we are a world onto our own, offering 360 degree panoramic views of the ocean from this stunning perch high above the water. How many courses can offer that?

 

The Old Head experience actually starts before you ever set foot on the course. As you come to visit us, you are driving through some rugged land with no real view of the ocean or the beauty of the surrounding area. But then, as you approach the course, the last 150 yards or so, you come over the hill and just look down on this diamond mass that is so stunning. Most players get off the bus right there and start snapping pictures. And you can't blame them.

 

And once you are on the course, the excitement and appeal only grow. The owners of the land wanted very much to have a walking course and to promote it, the walkways of the course really utilize the natural surroundings to offer the most incredible, powerful views. The second hole is where the seaside walks start and you often are walking right beside the incredible cliffs before being directed back onto the fairway. There's no way to properly describe the sensations that you feel when you are out here on the course, but I think it's fair to say that you couldn't replicate them anywhere else. We offer so much in terms of a diverse ecology and wildlife as well, all which fit in so naturally to a course that, despite having opened in 1997 for play, seems to fit the land like it has been here forever. There is just a connection to the environment when you are playing here, something that while not really describable, is unforgettable to those who have visited with us.

 

The sense of history here at Old Head is also overwhelming and I need to mention how it also plays a part into the Old Head experience. Like I mentioned earlier, the course has been open for play for just over ten years, but the land itself is dates back thousands of years. You can still see evidence of this in the headlands area. The Stone of Accord dates back to pre-Christian times and the unspoiled feeling of the area really offers you no evidence of what time era you are in as you look around in wonderment. On the course, there are not many man made structures, but one that we have are the remains of a lighthouse built in 1667. Our "newest" lighthouse(there are three total, two are remains of lighthouses, one is operational) was built in 1853. Just off shore are the sites of many famous shipwrecks including the sinking of the Lusitania, one of the most pivotalmoments in 20th century history no doubt.


 

Old Head Golf Links 的球场很漂亮,这一点是毫无疑问的,它更是一块美丽的财产。震撼人心的美景和独特的环境给球员们留下的记忆在世界其它地方很难寻觅得到。它坐落在300英尺高的雄伟峭壁之上,脚下是广阔的水域,滔滔的海浪声不绝于耳,温暖的气息四处飘散,在这里建什么都会很漂亮。但像我们这样在此建成一个世界顶级的高尔夫球场,它所形成的景致是独特的、令人叹为惊奇的。

 

Old Head占地220英亩,成菱形,距大西洋海岸2英里。地处爱尔兰岛的南端,远离闹市,却不与世隔绝。常听高尔夫球员说这里是“世界的边缘”,我们很喜欢这个评价。这里每个球洞的周边景观都给人们宽阔的视野,让人从每个球洞都能看到周边的景色。从此层意义上讲,我们处在自己的世界之中,周边是令人窒息的海洋全景,试问有几个球场能如此呢?

 

一踏上这个球场,你的体验之旅就已经开始了,来的路崎岖不平,没有极致的海洋景观,距离球场150码左右,有座小山丘,绕过山丘,菱形球场即呈现于眼前,令人感到无比震惊。很多球员逗留于此,摄影留念,这也是无可厚非的。

 

踏入球场,你会越来越激动,深受其吸引。在此打球需要步行,球场的主人也很提倡步行打球,人行道是充分利用周边的自然景观形成的,景色迷人,令人难以置信。2号洞是海边小径的起点,小径的右边是雄伟的峭壁,走过小径最后回到球道。此处给人的感觉是难以言表的,但我可以很公正的说,你无法在其它地方找到这种感觉。这里生态平衡、物种丰富,野生动物成群,与球场融为一体,浑然天成。尽管球场于1997年才开始运营,却让人觉得它将永远适合这片土地。在这里打球,美妙的环境一直是让人无法忘怀的。

 

Old Head 也饱受历史的洗礼,这也是Old Head 体验之旅的重要组成部分。刚刚提到过,这个球场才运营十年,这片土地的历史却可以追溯到上千年以前,陆岬是最好的证明。协议石是前基督教时代的产物,环顾四周,你会惊讶的发觉,自然天成的环境已让你无法辨清究竟处于哪个时代。球场内人造景观少的可怜,其中有1667年建成的灯塔残骸,离我们时代最近的灯塔建于1853年(这里共有3座灯塔,两个已成废墟,另外一个仍在使用)。离海岸不远的地方,有很多船体残骸,卢西塔尼亚号就沉船于此,毫无疑问是二十世纪重要历史的最好见证。

 

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