Ballybunion Golf Club - Old Course

Sandhill Road, Ballybunion (Kerry)

  • holes:18
  • par: 71 74
  • length: 6.034 m 4.799 m
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Description

  • holes:18
  • year:1936
  • par: 71 74
  • length: 6.034 m 4.799 m
  • architect:Tom Simpson

Ballybunion Golf Club is situated on a stunning stretch of sand dunes in the South West of Ireland in County Kerry and offers incredible vistas of the Atlantic Ocean which it overlooks. The club comprises of two golf courses, The Old Course and the Trent Jones Cashen Course

There has been a golf course on the site since the late 1800’s when it was originally founded as a 12-hole course and the noted designer in the Irish Golfer’s Guide of 1897 was Jo McKenna. After some years of difficulty at the site regarding maintenance and development the course was redeveloped in 1906 with 9 holes and was further expanded in 1926 to 18 holes. It wasn’t until the late 1930’s when the course began to receive more prominence as it hosted the Irish Championship in 1937 and the changes made to the course in preparation for this are accredited to the architect Tom Simpson and his wife Molly Gourlay.

The Old Course is a fine example of a Links Golf course not only within Ireland but in comparison to the rest of the world. It offers 18 holes with a par of 71 and is 5821 metres in length.

A generally challenging yet enjoyable course, that will test even the most practiced of golfers’ skills, it is a genuinely exhilarating experience to play at Ballybunion. Over the years there have been many opinions on which is the best hole within such an excellent course however the 2nd, 7th and 11th are some of the most prominent highlights by general consensus.

Facilities at the club are also extensive with a number of bars and lounges for players to enjoy as well as a restaurant and the Ballybunion golf shop. There are full on site changing rooms also complete with lockers and steam room.

Tee times for visitors are restricted to weekday mornings (excluding Bank Holidays) however the course openly welcomes visiting golfers from across the globe, including some well-known faces- Bill Clinton once played the Old Course in 1998. 

Although the green fees vary somewhat depending on the season they can be reasonable and there are numerous packages on offer at the club which combine play at both the Old Course and the Cashen Course. 

In terms of transport links the nearest larger transport hubs are that of Limerick which is 83km and Shannon which is 105km away and boasts a relatively large airport for the location. There is also Kerry airport which is less than an hour’s drive away however this is much smaller. The local road links are good and it is easy to reach Ballybunion from most local areas and Ireland in general. 

Ballybunion itself plays host to a diverse range of accommodation options for visiting golfers which will appeal to all tastes; from small family run guesthouses to more specific golfer hotels. There is something to suit everyone here and during the summer months especially, the small coastal town comes alive with visitors wanting to enjoy its sandy beaches and excellent scenery.

For more information about the golf course including ratings and reviews by fellow golfers from across the globe please take a look to the left of this page. Also for golf packages and offers for the Old Course at Ballybunion please take a look here!

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Reviews (73)

  • Average rating obtained by

    golfShake
    05/04/2015
    15x9.7
    A fantastic course on a beautiful day. Greens superb(Round played: Sep 2016 - Score: 98 Handicap: 19.9)
    This rating for Ballybunion Golf Club. is the average of 15 ratings obtained from www.golfshake.com
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    top100golfcourses
    28/07/2014
    54x8.4
    Why is Ballybunion (Old) rated so highly on your list when courses lower down the rankings have achieved better reviewer scores ? I was hoping that the rankings would be authentic without editorial input or bias which is certainly in evidence in other lists. Whilst holes 8 onwards at Ballybunion are other worldly, logic would suggest that a course cannot be considered top 10 material when over a third of its holes are ordinary. Just because Tom Watson loves it .....!
    This rating for Ballybunion Golf Club. is the average of 54 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.uk
  • Average rating obtained by

    golfReisWijzer
    01/06/2011
    3x9.6
    August 2011 played. 140 euro if you start for 08.30 else 180 euros but you can play the 2 courts, the same day or the next day, always do! We played the course to August 15th with rising sun with no wind and a smooth ocean to a dream coming true to let it go ... A diamond of a course specially hole 11 of the old course is a beauty. Through internet booking the best 4 weeks in advance if you are alone you can always still ' sit down '. We stayed in a 4 * with the Teac Brock B&B very good dinner option. Teac Dakin is located 10 meters from the driving range and 80 metres from the clubhouse. Anyone who have played this course should visit Ireland as golfer
    This rating for Ballybunion Golf Club. is the average of 3 ratings obtained from www.golfreiswijzer.nl
  • Average rating obtained by

    1golfEU
    12/11/2012
    1x8.0
    Yes, difficult to play and some nice views, but the standard is not there, where is the price tag. at ballybunion for the first time saw a T-box 10 metres behind a short par-3 green, without the protection of a sort. is basically a "target". also base management was a disaster, because the "official launch watch" was delaied 10 minutes... Result: We were late... While, in which this issue was reply: "happens regularly, but who cares..." also golfers care, especially on a golf course booked out.
    This rating for Ballybunion Golf Club. is the average of 1 ratings obtained from www.1golf.eu

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