Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course)


5+ (5 gold): one of our top-rated 5-star courses, worhty of 5½ stars.
   Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course) Est. 1893

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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. To tour Ballybunion Old click on the video below.

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Making Contact

Ballybunion Golf Club
Sandhill Road,
Ballybunion, Co. Kerry 
Ireland
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Office   +353 (0)68 27 146
Pro Shop   +353 (0)68 27 146
Fax

  +353 (0)68 27 387

Email   info@ballybuniongolfclub.ie
Website   www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie
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Golf Pro
 
Brian O'Callaghan (Head Golf Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
 
Designer: 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).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6802 6060 5459
Par 71 71 74
SSS or Slope 72 68 73
 
At the Same Location:
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).
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How2Get There?

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.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (mid-April thru' Sept) (all days): €210. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, combination tickets, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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Who can play and When?
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.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts (buggies) are not available on the Old Course. Caddies available (book in advance).

Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

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.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 15th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (52.494664)
Longitude: (-9.674728)
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Glin Castle 5-star
Glin, Co. Limerick
+353 (0)68 34112
www.glincastle.com

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.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km Ballybunion
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The 19th Lodge Guest House 4-star
Opposite Golf Links, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
+353 (0)68 27 592
www.the19thlodgeballybunion.com

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.

Golf at this hotel Ballybunion (Old and Cashen courses)
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Golf within 10 km No
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