Ballybunion Golf Club is 125 years old this year.
It was first established in 1893 but it quickly ran in to financial difficulty before it was rescued by a Colonel Bartholomew in 1906. Since then the club has grown in size and reputation and in 1984 a second course, The Cashen Course was opened.
Many of the world’s top golfers regard Ballybunion as one of the best links courses in the world and it was Tom Watson who visited Ballybunion in 1981 who oversaw the redesign of Ballybunion course to make it the internationally recognized course that it is today.
Here is a great overview of the course on drone video by Pixiefilms
Ballybunion Golf Club, 125 years old, real links Golf! In 1982 when Tom Watson made his famous off the cuff eulogy after accepting the Claret Jug at Royal Troon: “Nobody can call himself a golfer until he has played at Ballybunion; you would think the game originated there!”Ever since, the North Kerry links has been one of the most lucrative and recognizable brands in world golf. Knowledgeable golfers realize that if they haven’t played golf at Ballybunion their golfing education is gravely incomplete. The Old Course exudes a majestic feel that simply cannot be compared to any other course on earth. With beautifully contoured fairways that tumble down through a blanket of grassy dunes, it's no wonder these challenging holes have been consistently rated among the top courses in the world so make sure you play here on you Irish golf vacation. Music by Matt Dean MusicVideo PIXIEFLMS
Posted by Wild Atlantic Way North Kerry on Thursday, 19 July 2018
Membership at Ballybunion Golf Club is highly desirable and in great demand and for most of the year tee times are fully booked out well in advance.
Quite a few prestigious tournaments are held there regularly, most notably the Murphy’s Irish Open in 2000 which was won by Swedish golfer Patrik Sjöland.
Many top golfers and celebrities have played at Ballybunion. They include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson, Lee Trevino, Sam Torrance, Sergio Garcia and US President Bill Clinton who played there a few times.
The Old Course is 6,802 yards long an is Par: 71 Men / 74 Ladies.
The Cashen Course is 6,306 yards long and is Par: 72.