A Breathtaking Challenge – The legendary Tom Watson described the glorious links at Ballybunion as “the best in the world”. High praise indeed for this magnificent test of golf which meanders menacingly through massive dunes on the shores of the Atlantic.
Ballybunion actually boasts two separate courses. The Old Course (Par 71, 6,598 yards) and the Cashen Course (Par 72, 6,306 yards), which was created by golf architect, Robert Trent Jones Senior.
The Old Course, consistently ranked as one of the world’s top ten courses, features a graveyard by the first tee, which some say is a warning to golfers who breeze through the first five holes only to come face to face with the ever challenging 6th, the fiendish 8th, the daunting par four 11th and the devilishly tricky 15th. Close by, the Cashen Course, with its succession of formidable par fives and breathtaking beauty, amply qualifies as one of the world’s masterpieces.
Tom Watson on Ballyburion - "Having played the Old Course 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 in the world"
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