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Ballybunion Golf Club - The Old Course

Ballybunion, Ireland
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Holes

18

Par

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Architect

Tom Simpson

Built

1893

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The Old Course American sportswriter Herbert Warren Wind called the Ballybunion "nothing less than the finest seaside course I have ever seen," and Tom Watson similarly praised it as "a course on which many golf architects should live and play before they build golf courses." Located on a stretch of the southwestern coast, massive dunes are the dominant feature of this links. Each hole is unforgettable, with special standouts being the clifftop 7th and the par 3 8th, which Watson named "one of the most demanding tee shots I've ever faced." The back nine have plenty to offer too, from the humbling 11th, another clifftop hole, and the punishing pair of par 3s that are the 14th and 15th, to the run of three doglegs that close out the course. One of the challenges at Ballybunion is the distraction provided by the stunning landscape, which can be surveyed at leisure from the clubhouse.

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Stephane Castella
Golf and Country Club de Bossey
12 Hcp 105 courses played
Fabulous
During the week before playing at Ballybunion, many people warned me about how the Old Course could be tough, fierce and ruthless. I have to admit it is very likely true when strong wind blows and rough is knee high, but I was lucky enough to enjoy sunny and slightly breezy conditions, with pretty forgiving rough. I honored these favorable conditions by playing my best round of the week. The course is globally fantastic, but what I liked the most is how it starts with pretty ordinary holes (1 to 5) before becoming better and better hole after hole. Par4 #11 is a pure gem ! A really great experience ! 
10 January 2018
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Markus Rath
Short Game World
Pro 77 courses played
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Master the first tee shot and play a short cut over the old cemetery. The old course is one of the best courses I ever played in my life and for sure I will come again. Pro Tip: Take a local caddie to help you with their knowledge about the course, it's worth the money!
11 November 2017
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Joe Passov
15 Hcp 9 courses played
Fabulous
This may be my favourite course in the world. I’m totally smitten with the wild contouring, ocean views, towering dunes and remarkable variety – no matter what the weather.
16 February 2017
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