Ballybunion Golf Club

Ballybunion Golf Club

One of the world’s leading courses Ballybunion is located on the Shannon estuary in Co. Kerry, it is a true seaside links golf course, virtually treeless and a course of sharp contours throughout.

There appears to be no man-made influence. It looks like a course laid out on land back in the 10th century. There is a wild look to the place the long grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll throughout the course making it very intimidating. Yet the course is eminently fair.

There are a few blind shots but you are given a good idea where you must hit the ball. Ballybunion's favourite adopted son Tom Watson, who came first with his friend Sandy Satum in 1981, and has been a regular since.

  • 18 hole
  • Links
  • Par 70
  • 5,997 Yards
  • 18 hole
  • Links
  • Par 71
  • 6,209 Yards

In 1993 Ballybunion Golf Club celebrated that proudest of milestones - it’s centenary. Fittingly its centenary captain was Sean Walsh, who as Sec/Manager since 1972, had overseen and contributed enormously to the fantastic development of the club in that time. Centenary celebrations befitting the status of the club were organised. Nothing was more adventurous than the decision to raze the 1971 clubhouse and to build the present new clubhouse to usher Ballybunion Golf Club into the 21st century. In 1995 Tom Watson undertook what was for him a labour of love, updating the old course, giving a facelift to the century-old lady so beloved by all. After his deft and loving surgery she now presents to the world a face more beautiful than ever.

“I've played Ballybunion twice more, again not very well, but I love it. It's perfectly Irish: beautiful, rough, and a lot like life — you get breaks you don't deserve, both ways. You just have to keep swinging and know it will all even out” – Bill Clinton (Former US President)

"Having played the Old Course in Ballybunion many times since my first visit in 1981, I am now of the opinion it is one of the best and most beautiful tests of links golf anywhere in the world." - Tom Watson

“I like it. I'll be back' 'I have heard much about the place, and I am not disappointed” - Jack Nicklaus

Local Knowledge
  • Ballybunion is known worldwide as the spiritualist home of Irish Golf.
  • 1st hole on the Old course is home to an ancient cemetery but be sure not to pay your respects too closely as this will bring a whole new meaning to, ‘do or die’.
  • With the Old and the Cashen courses Ballybunion is home to 36 of the finest holes in Irish Golf.

Gallery - Ballybunion Golf Club