The Club

Ballybunion Golf Club, Co. Kerry, Ireland, is a Private Members Golf Club founded in 1893. Home to two wonderfully unique and challenging links courses – The Old Course and The Cashen Course, visitors from around the world have been visiting the Club for many decades.

Clubhouse Facilities

  • Ballybunion Golf Shop
  • Restaurant and Lounge overlooking the 1st tee. A full catering service is available daily. During Winter months opening hours are reduced.  Advance booking is advisable for groups
  • Spikes Bar is located next to the practice putting green
  • Members Bar
  • Comfortable Lounge areas for your relaxation
  • Locker Rooms with steam room
  • Tuck Shop – Open from mid March until October and situated on the front nine of the Old Course. Our tuck shop offers golfers a selection of hot and cold snacks to fuel the body.

Ballybunion Club Officers

2015 Captain Brendan O'Loinsigh
2015 Lady Captain Anne Marie Carroll
2015 President Dominic Lynch
2015 Lady President Rose Molyneaux

Message from our Captains, Mr Brendan O'Loinsigh and Mrs Anne Marie Carroll

Dear Members and Visitors,

We would like to extend a céad míle fáilte to all of you who visit our wonderful Club during 2015.  We are in the privileged and honoured position to be Club Captains of this renowned Golf Club and we are looking forward to sharing its courses, its clubhouse and its other marvellous facilities with you throughout the year.

Ballybunion Golf Club has been recognised around the world as a special place since its foundation in 1893 and the Old Course is now regarded as one of the finest links courses ever built.  Since our centenary Club Captain, Tom Watson, along with Sandy Tatum Jr, first “discovered” Ballybunion in 1981, golfers have flocked here year after year in their thousands.  The Irish Men’s and Ladies  Amateur  Championships have been played on Ballybunion’s Old Course on numerous occasions and in recent years we have hosted the Irish Open (2000) the Palmer Cup (2004) and the Irish Seniors Open (2010).

We have two magnificent courses – The Old Course and the Cashen Course and the good news for visitors is that if you play the Old Course you can play the Cashen Course at a very generous discount.   If one needs to limber up or do some chipping or putting before or after your round our practice facilities are first class.

Ballybunion is a great place to renew old acquaintances and to forge new friendships.  We are looking forward to greeting our overseas members and their guests at our biannual Member Guest tournament in September.  Our helpful and friendly staff will leave no stone unturned to make the golfing experience both satisfying and memorable for everyone.

We ask all members and visitors to respect and cherish our two wonderful courses which nature has entrusted to us.

We hope that 2015 will be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for everybody involved in the game of golf at Ballybunion Golf Club and we look forward to seeing you on the fairways or in the clubhouse during the year.

Mar a deireann an seanfhocal  – Is ar scath a chéile a mhaireann na daoine agus ní neart go cur le chéile.

Breandán O Loinsigh agus Anne Marie Carroll – 2015 Captains

 

Club History

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 D’Arcy 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”.

General History

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.

Take a read of Patsy’s story of events – just click here.

Milestones

Through the decades…read full story

Local Heroes

View a list of our local heroes… read full story

An Illustrated Centenary History 1893 – 1993 – By John Redmond

Click here to read – Ballybunion Golf club, an illustrated centenary history 1893-1993 – John Redmond 1

Club Dress Code

Players are expected to wear an acceptable standard of golfing attire when playing golf at Ballybunion Golf Club.

The following examples are unacceptable on our courses:

  • Demin Jeans and Jackets
  • Sleeveless or Collarless Shirts (Ladies can wear sleeveless t-shirts with collars)
  • Untailored Shorts and Cargo Shorts
  • Sweaters without Shirts
  • Football Shirts/Jerseys
  • Garments displaying slogans
  • Track or Leisure Suits
  • Trainer Shoes or Runners
  • Shirts hanging loose over trousers or shorts and trouser legs tucked into socks

In the bar and dinning room, we ask that you do not wear head gear. Dress should be smart to casual. Please check the visual reference below.

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The Club reserves the right to refuse access to the Clubhouse or Course to anyone dressed inappropriately.

Friends of Ballybunion Golf Club

Ballybunion Golf Club invites you to learn more about some of our partners and organisations we support.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors for their continued support of club competitions.

Our Sponsors & Partners

Mens Club Sponsors 2015

  • A.G.C. (Atlantic Golf Construction)
  • Jim O’Flynn
  • Frank Dore
  • MCG Financial Services Ltd
  • Michael P. Murphy
  • Deloitte
  • Heineken Ireland
  • Bob McClure
  • Balilys Solicitors
  • Maurice Henchey
  • Ardfert Pharmacy
  • Bank of Ireland, Listowel
  • John McNamee & Andrew McGinnis
  • McMunn’s Bar & Restaurant
  • Brosnan Family
  • Bennett Brothers
  • Henry Sheahan
  • Heritage Crystal
  • John J Galvin & Sons
  • Kerry Bennett
  • Listowel Printing Works

Ladies Club Sponsors 2014

  • Kilcooly’s, Ballybunion – Ladies Christmas Hamper
  • Perfect Pairs Shoe Boutique, Listowel – 12.4.14
  • McCarthys Insurance, Tralee – 21.4.14
  • Coast Café, Ballybunion – 27.4.14
  • Garveys Super Valu, Listowel – 5.5.14
  • CoCo Boutique, Listowel – 11.5.14
  • Ardfert Quarries, Ardfert – 18.5.14
  • Morkans Jewellers, Listowel – 25.3.14
  • John Sexton Menswear, Listowel – 8.6.14
  • Adams Garage, Glin – 15.6.14
  • John McGuire Chemist, Listowel – 6.7.14
  • Bank of Ireland, Listowel – 20.7.14
  • Dress 2 Impress Boutique, Listowel – 20.7.14
  • The Tae Lane Store, Listowel – 5.8.14
  • Horgan Properties, Listowel – 24.8.14
  • LM Carey, Accountants, Listowel – 31.8.14
  • Listowel Arms Hotel – 7.9.14
  • Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant, Listowel – Winter League
  • MJ Carroll’s Hardware :td, Listowel – Golfer of the Year
  • Fiona O’Sullivan, Solicitor, Abbeyfeale – Club Singles Championship
  • McMunns Bar & Restaurant, Ballybunion – Club 4-Ball Championship
  • Cahill’s Supervalu, Ballybunion – Summer Friday Mixed

Junior Boys Competition Sponsors 2015

  • Kerry Group
  • McHale Komatsu
  • Joe O’ Sullivan
  • Brian O’ Callaghan
  • James Lavery Bus Hire
  • Ballybunion Golf Holiday Homes
  • N&C Courtney’s Construction
  • Willie Murphy Group
  • Heaphy’s Centra
  • McKenna’s of Listowel
  • Beasley’s 19th Lodge
  • Joyce’s Newsagent
  • Norah Chute
  • The Fenn Family
  • Brendan O’Neill

Captains’ Charity Days

In 2014, the following charities benefited from our Captain’s Charity Day:

Kerry Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped Association Listowel, Listowel Hospice, North Kerry MS Branch, Irish Wheelchair Association and Kerry Down Syndrome.  Thank you to everyone who supported our Charity Day.