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Ballybunion Golf Courses
Originally Ballybunion in 1893 was laid out with 12 holes with course designer named as Jo McKenna, grandfather of the present Secretary Manager Jim McKenna.

In 1906 the Ballybunion Golf Club was formed with new founders and resulted in a new nine holes which by 1926 grew to 18 holes and stands before all now as one of the best golf courses the world will ever have the opportunity to play.

The legendary Tom Watson is a great advocate of Ballybunion links stating “ there appear to be no man-made influences and Ballybunion is a course on which many golf architects should live and play before they build golf courses”.

There are few weakneses on this links, intimidating shots on every hole yet it’s fair and honest. The course will give you endless opportunites to hit different shots to small targets. However it has no mercy and will demand your attention. Tom Watson’s favourite hole is the 11th Par 4 446 yards, set on a clifftop with the Atlantic crashing below and the fairway tumbling down through the dunes like a stairs.

Tom Watson was made Honorary Captain for the millenium and his Captain's prize was the wedge he chipped in with at Pebble Beach to beat Jack Nicklaus. He has become part of Ballybunion as so many before and we hope that those who follow will be taken by its charms too.
 
The Cashen Course

This Ballybunion course which opened in 1984 is a mighty challenge and an excellent companion for the Old Course. It is the informed opinion of Ted Higgins that this new course will in time gain great stature.

Its designer was none other than Robert Trent Jones and in his words “God given terrain” was what he worked with. It turns out that the Cashen course may be an even sterner test than the Old Course with 18 spectacular holes. This creation has formed a world class 36 hole experience of the finest links imaginable.

Details -Old Course:
Course type : Links
Founded :
1893
Par :
71 
Yards :
6603-7000 
SSS :
72
Designers :
Jo McKenna(1893),Mr Murphy(1906)
 
Ranked No. 10 in the Top 100 Courses in the British Isles 2002 by Golf World.
The ultimate test in Links golf accords Tom Watson and Tiger Woods did not tame this course.
 
Cashen Course:
Course type : Links 
Founded :
1984
Par :
72 
Yards :
6216-7000 
SSS :
71
Designer :
Robert Trent Jones Snr.
 
Hosted the 1999 Walker Cup.
 
Local Interest

Listowel is 20 minutes away,a heritage town and famous for its literature. Its history goes back to the 12th Century with the Listowel Castle. Listowel is host to Writer's Week, a literary festival with art, drama, poetry, film, music, and story telling. A highlight is the Listowel Horse Races, one of the finest meets, takes place each September.

40 minutes away is the The Dingle Peninsula stretching for 48 miles west of Tralee. These are areas where the Irish(or Gaelic) language is still spoken.

Adare one of Ireland's prettiest villages is 1hr 30min.

 
 
 
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Ireland is home to many of the worlds favorite golf courses. From the delights of the famous such as Ballybunion to the pleasures of hidden gems waiting to be found, there is something for every golfer in Ireland...
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