Ballybunion Golf Club
First Established: 1893
Par: 71 (Old Course); 72 (Cashen Course)
“Nobody can call himself a golfer until he has played at Ballybunion; you would think the game originated there”, proclaimed Tom Watson upon lifting the Claret Jug in 1982 at Royal Troon. Many other distinguished players and golfing journalists have heralded such similar praise of Ballybunion through the years, such as Herbert Warren Wind writing in the New Yorker: “I found Ballybunion to be nothing less than the finest seaside links I have ever seen.”
There are two courses at Ballybunion, namely the Old course and the more recently designed Cashen course, which uniquely differ in their features and in the tests they pose, however both share the undisputed fact that they are exceptionally impressive links courses. Truly, if you wisely decide to visit Ballybunion you must play both courses; the dunes are huge, the views of the sea and surrounding rolling countryside are breath-taking, yet it will surely be the stimulating beauty of the courses that you will be enthusiastically gushing about after your round and indeed long after you return home.
*Images courtesy of Ballybunion Golf Club