Ballybunion’s golf course offers two beautifully challenging golf links


Ballybunion Old Course strikes a chord with golfing enthusiasts all around the world. Rated one of the top ten golf courses in the world, standing on the first tee at Ballybunion is truly awe inspiring, if a little intimidating, with most mere mortals whispering to themselves, don’t duff it, don’t slice it, don’t hook it and whatever you do, don’t put it into the graveyard!

The year 1971 triggered the start of a new era for the club when acclaimed golf writer Herbert Warren Wind wrote an article ranking Ballybunion as one of the best ten courses in the world. Things were never quite the same again as visiting golfers came in their hordes to experience the magnificent Kerry links. Among the many visitors was Tom Watson, Ballybunion’s favourite adopted son, while over the years the many who have made the pilgrimage include Byron Nelson, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Peter Alliss, Ken Venturi and one Bill Clinton, to name but a few.

The Old Course at Ballybunion is a true seaside links, with a distinct lack of man-made influences. There is certainly a wild look to the course, making it appear intimidating, yet the truth is that the course is eminently fair. The contours on the fairways and greens are what make Ballybunion a great golf course. The golfer is required to play accurate approach shots to the greens, usually to a small target with not a lot of space to miss left or right, to quote Tom Watson, “It’s a course you will always enjoy and never tire of playing…In short, Ballybunion is a course on which many golf architects should live and play before they build a golf course. I consider it a true test of golf.”


How do you follow one of the most celebrated seaside links courses in the world? If you’re Ballybunion Golf Club and you’re looking to build a second course to take some of the playing pressure off of your 1893-vintage classic Old Course, you acquire a stunningly beautiful, undulating tract of land and you bring in the most influential golf course architect of the mid-20th Century. The Cashen Course at Ballybunion Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and opened for play in 1981. Head Professional Brian O’Callghan describes its character as, “completely different to the Old Course. It’s much more undulating terrain.” Yet even with dramatic topography and an unassailable pedigree, the Cashen Course remains as a worthy, if vexing, little sister to the storied old course.

How the Cashen Course at Ballybunion plays. If nothing else, Robert Trent Jones, Sr.’s addition to Ballybunion is consistent with it’s big sister: The Cashen Course also contains numerous blind shots, pinpoint landing areas and well-guarded greens. In fact, one could make the case that caddies are needed more here than on the Old Course, at least forecaddies who can keep an eye on your ball as it whistles out of sight over yet another dune.


Frequently Asked Questions

High Season (1st May – 7th October)
The Old Course – €180.00
Cashen Course – €65.00
Both Courses* – €180.00

Mid Season (April & 8th-31st October)
The Old Course – €95.00
Cashen Course – €50.00
Both Courses* – €95.00

* Special Offer: Play both the Old Course and our Trent Jones Cashen Course for the price of one round on the Old Course. Rounds must be pre-booked and played within seven days. This offer is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion.

Morning tee-times are available to golf visitors Monday to Friday from April to October (excluding Bank Holiday Mondays) on the Old Course.

PGA professionals will be granted courtesy of the course. Tee-time reservations are subject to availability and can only be made within two weeks from the date of play. ID will be required on check-in.

Golf Buggy* – €35.00
Pull Trolley – €5.00
Electric Trolley – €15.00
Club Hire – €40.00

*Buggies are only allowed on the Cashen Course. These items are bookable through the golf shop.

Caddie Fees

Senior Caddie (1 Bag) – €40.00
Senior Caddie (Double Bag) – €70.00
Junior Caddie (1 Bag) – €25.00

Bag fees and gratuities are paid directly to the caddie. The amount of any gratuity is the sole discretion of the player. No one else may determine a gratuity, nor may anyone demand one. If you wish to comment on a caddie’s performance, please feel free to contact the Caddie Master or General Manager.

Caddies are independent contractors. They are not employed by Ballybunion Golf Club and therefore availability cannot be guaranteed.

To request a caddie, simply email