The Limerick Chronicle of August 19th 1893 and the Kerry Sentinel in its Gossip Column (of all places,) of August 26th 1893 carried the same news item.
"The opening meeting of the Ballybunion Golf Club in Ireland was held on the 18th inst., at the Castle Hotel, when it wasdecided to request Lord Listowel to allow himself to be nominated President, while Mr Carling of Newcastlewest and Mr Creagh of Listowel were elected Vice-Presidents. Mr Morden of Ennismore and Mr DArcy of Ballybunion were chosen Hon. Secretary and Hon.
Treasurer respectively. A vote of thanks was then passed to Mr Hewson,who very generously permits the use of the links to the club free. Twelve greens have been laid out upon the links - a number which might be easily increased to the standard eighteen, should the members so wish. The greens all lie along the sandhills. The turf is of the springiest and the course offers every variety of golfing interest".
In early 1897 an article in the Irish Times, headed The Golf Links Kerry, dismissed Ballybunion Course with some contempt as a "rabbit warren below the village, where a golfer requires limitless patience and an inexhaustible supply of golf balls"...read full story
Read Patsy's Story
In recent years, one of our members, Patsy A. Costelloe (R.I.P.) undertook some research into the Club's history and course design.
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Through the decades...read full story
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