Ballybunion Golf Club

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What we say

Five-times major champion Tom Watson loves this place and it's not hard to see why. Links golf simply doesn't get much better (if at all) than this. Most dramatic hole is the 446 yard par 4 11th which is perched on the clifftop though it's pushed hard for the honour by the penultimate hole which is the highest vantage point of this legendary venue - it's known as CTH, standing for Closest to Heaven.

A classic links golf course with giant dunes which run perpendicular to many holes, forcing fairways to clamber up and over them. Blind shots and spectacular views abound. A magical place to play.

Spectacular green sites and dramatic drives from tees set high above the beach make for a thrilling challenge especially with a strong wind blowing off the Atlantic. A lovely design with position being essential off the tee. A huge course in every sense of the word and presented to the highest standard. Tom Watson knew what he was on about when he fell for it. A tremendous course in some massive dunes along the Atlantic coast. The condition of the course is exceptional, with fast greens and thick rough and some very deep bunkers. It may have a modest first six holes but the last 12 are magnificent. 

Ballybunion attracts worldwide acclaim, the adoration of the greatest golfers (Tom Watson, most famously) and floods of links enthusiasts from around the globe. Why? Because Ballybunion has a magical air that comes from its natural, carefree flow through big and then bigger dunes. Yes, history and age (1893) play their part, but with the Atlantic pressing in against the course’s best holes – the 11th and 17th most notably – you can’t help but be inspired. A steady start builds and from the 6th it is fifth gear all the way home. Ballybunion tests your mettle constantly, especially on the brilliant back nine. You always have choices but if you are lacking in conviction then the steep fall-offs will ruin your card.

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The Ballybunion Golf Club Dates back as far as 1893, the 'Old Course' is richly steeped in history and prestige and has been acclaimed as one of golf's premier destinations by many. Bordering the shores of the Atlantic, Ballybunion is a classic links course which ensures a truly testing day out for even the best of golfers. The wonderful Old Course is well supported by the splendid neighbouring Cashen course, a 6,026 yards par 72 layout.  

Stay & Play: Try the Nineteenth Lodge, Teach de Broc and Cashen Course Hotel which are all nearby and only a small drive away, all come highly recommended.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 4 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4.5 out of 5
  • Players Rating Not yet rated
  • Address
    Ballybunion Golf Club, Sandhill Road,, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland., Ballybunion
  • Tel 00353 68 27146
  • Website

Course Information

Course 70 par
Course Style -
Green Fees High Season (1 May - 4 October) €180; Mid Season (22-30 April & 6-31 October) €95
Course Length 6,209 yards (5,678 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course has: Handicap

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