Ballybunion Golf Club - Old Course
Sandhill Road, Ballybunion (Kerry)
- par: 71 74
- length: 6.034 m 4.799 m
- 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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Average rating obtained byThis rating for Ballybunion Golf Club. is the average of 54 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.ukWhy 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 .....!