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

2018 Captain Tom Wall
2018 Lady Captain Nora quaid
2018 President Fintan Scannell
2018 Lady President Clare Hurley

Message from our Captains

Dear Members and Visitors,

We would like to extend a céad míle fáilte to all of you who visit our wonderful Club during 2018.  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 very much look forward to hosting the R&A Jacques Leglise Trophy in August 2018. 

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 2018 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.

Tom Wall & Nora Quaid – 2018 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.


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

  • A.G.C. (Atlantic Golf Construction)
  • Jim O’Flynn
  • Frank Dore
  • MCG Financial Services Ltd
  • Deloitte
  • Heineken Ireland
  • Bob McClure
  • Bailys Solicitors
  • Maurice Henchey
  • Ardfert Pharmacy
  • Bank of Ireland, Listowel
  • John McNamee & Andrew McGinnis
  • McMunn’s Bar & Restaurant
  • Brosnan Family
  • Henry Sheahan
  • John J Galvin & Sons
  • Rusal Aughinish
  • Heaphy’s Centra, Ballylongford
  • Pat Lynch Family
  • Tony Bennett
  • Ardfert Quarry Products
  • Goggin Insurance Brokers
  • Ballybunion News
  • Michael P.Murphy
  • Noel Heaphy
  • Bennett Brothers

Ladies Club Sponsors

  • Adams Garage, Glin
  • Ardfert Quarries
  • Bank of Ireland, Listowel
  • Coast Café, Ballybunion
  • Coco Boutique, Listowel (Ms Jennifer Stack)
  • Dress 2 Impress, Listowel (Mrs Norma Mullane)
  • Dore Concepts
  • Frank Fenn
  • Miss Designer Golf
  • Glamour Nail & Beauty, Listowel
  • Horgan Properties, Listowel (Mrs Mary Horgan)
  • Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant, Listowel (Jerry & Margaret Behan)
  • John McGuire’s Pharmacy, Listowel
  • John Sexton Menswear, Listowel
  • Listowel Arms Hotel
  • McMunns Bar & Restaurant
  • MJ Carroll Ltd, Listowel
  • Morkan’s Jewellers, Listowel
  • Perfect Pairs Shoe Boutique, Listowel
  • Supervalu, Ballybunion (Mr Cormac Cahill)
  • Supervalu, Listowel (Garvey’s)
  • The Taelane Store Boutique, Listowel
  • Tie-The-Knot Wedding Flowers, Abbeyfeale
  • Spar Supermarket, Lisrtowel
  • Fiona O’Sullivan Solrs, Abbeyfeale
  • Innovation & Lean Sigma Skillnet
  • LM Carey & Co

Junior Boys Competition Sponsors 

  • 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
  • Ashgrove Meats
  • Pat Murrihy
  • Checkers Café & Crazy Golf
  • Dan Dennehy
  • Loretto’s Pizzeria

Captains’ Charity Days

In 2015, 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.