Founded in 1893, Ballybunion Golf Club had barely opened its doors before experiencing financial problems. An investment from Colonel Bartholomew saved the, then nine hole club, in 1906. The course expended to a full eighteen holes in 1927. Though considered one of the finest links courses in the world, Ballybunion’s reputation grew over time. It’s highly regarded by many of the world’s best players and has played host to the Irish Open in 2000. Remodeled in 1995 by Tom Watson, the modern Ballybunion course has climbed the world ranking charts to as high as 7th in 2005 and boasts two golf courses; The Old Course and The Cashen Course.
Golf has been played at Dooks since 1889, which makes it one of the oldest Golf Links in Ireland. The course later extended to 18 holes in the 1970s under the watchful eye of Eddie Hackett. While not exposed as many of the other Irish courses, Dooks features an amazing variety of gorse, heather and wild flowers. The ever-present "gentle" wind help golfers to experience traditional links at its very best with narrow, sandy fairways and well contoured greens.
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club's location is one of the most enviable in the world, with the mountains and lakes providing a stunning backdrop to the club's world-class Championship courses. Each course offers a truly unique parkland experience and has some fantastic feature holes; the 10th on Killeen is a favorite that plays virtually onto the lake, while the 18th on Mahony's Point has been described as 'one of the most memorable holes in golf'. It has hosted several major National and International, professional and amateur tournaments, while Killarney town offers the best apres golf in the country!
Built in October 1896, Tralee Golf Club opened its current Arnold Palmer-designed course for play at Barrow in October 1984. Back in 1896 the Club had its first nine-hole course in Tralee, believed to be where the Sports field is now located. A year later, in 1897, it opened a nine-hole course in Fenit on the south-western side of Barrow Harbour. Each hole is uniquely designed and contains its own individuality and history.
Located in County Kerry and on the Ballinskelligs Bay, golf at Waterville Golf Links first began in 1889 and Waterville became one of the first clubs to be affiliated with the Golfing Union of Ireland. The course in its current state opened in 1973 and is the brainchild of John Mulcahy, Eddie Hackett (Ireland’s foremost links architect) and Claude Harmon (a past Masters champion and head professional at Winged Foot GC). The two nines drastically contrast one another as the back nine is more exposed and rugged. But don’t let appearances deceive you as the front nine quickly introduces players to the complexity and beauty of links golf.