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

2014 Captain Sean Kennelly
2014 Lady Captain Toni Quilter
2014 President John Fox
2014 Lady President Elizanne McMahon

Message from our Captain, Mr Sean Kennelly

It is a wonderful honour to serve as Captain of Ballybunion Golf Club and I look forward to the year with great enthusiasm.

We, the members, are proud to be custodians of two of the finest links courses in the world – the renowned Old Course and the challenging Robert Trent Jones Cashen Course.

May I extend a warm Ballybunion welcome to visiting golfers in 2014. I hope that you enjoy all that we have to offer – great golf and wonderful hospitality.

Finally, I would like to wish all members and visitors the best of health and good golf throughout the year.

Sean Kennelly



Message from the Lady Captain, Toni Quilter

I am greatly honoured to serve as Lady Captain of Ballybunion Golf Club for 2014.

I extend a Cead Mile Failte to all our visitors.

We are blessed, as members, to have two of the finest links courses in the world and our great pleasure is in sharing these two great courses with our many visitors throughout the year.

I wish all our members the best in health and in golf and I look forward to a great year ahead with all of you.

Toni Quilter

Lady Captain

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.


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.


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.