Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original layout by club professional James McKenna. After 8 yrs of closure, a new 9-hole layout was designed by Lionel Hewson (1906), and extended to 18-holes in 1926. Additional modifications made by Tom Simpson (1937) and Tom Watson (1995).
Above distances are for the Old course. Also at Ballybunion is the 18-hole Cashen Course (par-72, 6,306 yds from the back tees).
65 km N of Killarney
From centre of Listowel follow the R553 direction Ballybunion. After approx 15 km go through the main street in Ballybunion and bear left after the shopping centre into Sandhill Road. After 2 km turn right into Golf Club.
Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course): Revered by many of the world's greatest players, seasoned golf writers and some notable American Presidents too, Ballybunion's Old course is a dazzling star in the firmament of great links golf courses. With its towering dunes, sublime layout and fabulous ocean views, the course will challenge and test your game to the full, especially if the wind blows. The immensely natural, oceanside back-nine is without equal in the world of links golf.
After the opening par-4 1st, played down past a cemetery, then a few holes alongside Sandhill Road, the layout turns towards the sea at the par-4 6th, and golfing nirvana ensues. Towering sand dunes combine with magnificent sea views to create one of the most natural golfing environments you will encounter.
Tucked into the dunes is a succession of wonderfully memorable holes, like the shore-hugging par-4 11th, downhill par-4 17th and returning uphill par-4 18th. Back-to-back par-3s feature at 14 and 15; one is played into the wind, one downwind, one is mischievously short, the other testingly long.
On the Old course you enter a timeless, thankfully never changing world. Here the ballyhoo of modern life fades into the distance, as the charms of Ballybunion take over. For good reason, this is the most popular visitor course in Ireland, so book well in advance ... and prey for some kind weather.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; the Old and Cashen course are very restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap may be required. Visitors generally play in fourball flights.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, combination tickets, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Non-metal spike facility. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts (buggies) are not available on the Old Course. Caddies available (book in advance).
The Old Course has hosted many top-level championships including the Irish Open, the North West of Ireland Open and many other. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Ballybunion GC.
World: 21st best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
GB&I: 13th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
Ireland: 6th best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2019).
Glin, Co. Limerick
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Glin Castle, home of the Knight of Glin, his wife Madam FitzGerald, stands on the banks of the River Shannon in county Limerick amidst a 500 acre demense. Visitors are welcomed to stay between March and November, and at other times by special arrangement.
Opposite Golf Links, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
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The 19th Lodge Ballybunion has its origins dating back to 1986 when it first welcomed guests from all over the world to Ballybunion. No stone has been left unturned to ensure that the 19th Golf Lodge is one of the most relaxing and accommodating guesthouses in Kerry.
Ballybunion (Old and Cashen courses)
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