Ballybunion Golf Course – What You Need to Know

Founded in 1893, and expanded to 18 holes in 1927, the reputation of this golf course grew over time. Located on Ireland’s south west coast in County Kerry on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes overlooking the Atlantic sea, this seaside golf course delivers two world class links golf courses; The Cashen Course and The Old Course. Both golf courses are distinctive to each other and will challenge all aspects of golf play, with The Old Course demanding more length, position and trajectory control.

Found north of its sister course, The Old Course has a length of 6,802 yards (6,220 m) (Blue Tees) and 6,350 yards (White Tees). The Cashen Course, established in 1984, has a length of 6,306 yards (5,766 m) yards (Blue Tees) and 5,997 (White Tees) and was designed by Robert Trent Jones. Fear not if these golf courses seem daunting at first, there is a Driving Range, Chipping Green with Bunkers and two Putting Greens situated beside the clubhouse and a third putting green positioned near the 1st tee on the Cashen Course to allow golfers time to warm up.


The excellent reputation of Ballybunion Golf Course, as well as it’s stunning location, has attracted players from all parts of the world including United States president Bill Clinton who played here not once but twice (1998, 2001) when he visited Ireland. A statue in his honour has been erected on the golf course. The Old Course has hosted the Irish open and European Tour in 2000 attracting world class golfers from around the world to this majestic golf course. American professional golfer, Tom Watson describes Ballybunion Golf Course as a “place where the wild grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll, make it very intimidating. But the contours on the fairways and on the greens are what makes, it a great course. You must play accurate iron shots into the greens, usually to a small target with not a lot of room to miss right or left”.


Consistently rated among the top golf courses in the world, Ballybunion Golf Course was created for the pure enjoyment of golf and every golf group should play here once in their life time. With its breath-taking back drop on a low-lying coastal plain and challenging holes, this golf course simply cannot be compared to any other course on earth. Ballybunion Golf Course is the champagne of Irish golf courses.