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Ballybunion Old Course review

The Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club is Irish links at its best. Join us as we review the signature holes of this Robert Trent Jones masterpiece.

Chris Bowles
Chris Bowles 4 mins read

Old Course, Ballybunion Golf Club

The 5th is a real test, a 560-yard par 5, with bunkers all over the hole, including two slap bang in the middle of the fairway and others left and right. Take a deep breath.

The 9th, a par 4 at 462 yards, features a narrow fairway and only one bunker, located in a dune 50 yards short of the green. A slope leads up to the putting surface - failure to hit the approach far enough will see the ball rolling back down off the slope.

The 12th is a par 3 measuring 214 yards, with the beach to the left. The green is elevated so the key is to take one club more than you think you need.

Old Course, Ballybunion Golf Club

The 15th is another beautiful hole, a par 3 that is 216 yards long. Again, the beach sits to the left. The tee-shot is played to a two-tier green protected by four bunkers. The 18th is a wonderful closing hole, measuring 382 yards, and featuring a huge fairway bunker. The second shot is played uphill to a long, narrow green protected by bunkers.

Feeling inspired?
Ballybunion's Old Course is a a supreme test of golf. Be sure to plan a stop on your next Ireland golf vacation.

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Chris Bowles

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist - UK & Ireland

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist, I help golfers find their ideal golfing getaway

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