When Robert Trent Jones first set eyes on Irish terrain which would eventually become Cashen course at Kerry counties Ballybunion Golf Club, he remarked that he was looking at “perhaps the finest piece of links land in the world.” Bounded on one side by the Atlantic and on the other by the River Cashen, the Cashen Course immerses its players in a golf experience which soars and dips as freely as the true on which it’s played.
The Cashen Course at the Ballybunion Golf Club was designed and built to take full advantage of the natural contours of the Ballybunion terrain, including the looming sand dunes which rise, it seems, into the stratosphere from their bases at the mouth of the River Cashen. With its many elevated greens, the Cashen Course at Ballybunion tests a golfer’s ability to fly the ball to the pin.
Completed and opened for play in 1982, almost 90 years after the opening of its sister club, the Ballybunion Old Course, The Cashen Course has preserved the remarkable feel of the old course, with a layout planned to the land provides a natural approach to each hole. The addition of the Cashen links to Ballybunion has only enhanced the reputation of this small corner of southwestern Ireland as one of the premier, not to mention most magical, golfing venues in the world.
Visiting golfers have long known that booking tee time at the Ballybunion Old Course must be done months in advance, and maybe impossible during the peak of golfing season. The Cashen Course gives golfers were turned away at the old course a chance to test their skills at holes which some individuals who have played both courses say are at least as challenging.
Public access to the Ballybunion Cashen Course is limited to weekdays, and all guest players must be accompanied by Ballybunion Golf Club members. The Golf Club, however, has drawn up conditions which permit international players to enjoy its facilities.
Golfers wishing to play at the Ballybunion Cashen Course must pay for their rounds completely within 28 days after making the reservations. They must have handicaps of no greater than 24 for men, and 36 were women. They must provide their certificates of handicap when they make their reservations. And they must play in groups of four.
The Ballybunion Golf Club has established a dress code which prohibits sleeveless and current collarless shirts, as well is singlets. Short must be tailored, church must be taught in, and track suits, leisure suits, and clothing bearing slogans or advertising is not permitted. Trouser legs must remain outside of the socks.
Golf carts are now available at the Ballybunion Cashen Course at a price of EUR3.50 per round. The Cashen course, unlike the old course at Ballybunion, also allows buggies. When you play at either of the Ballybunion Golf Club’s courses, you will be playing on courses maintained with all the expertise that more than a century of carrying for golf courses has created. Playing at Ballybunion will give you one of the most satisfying golfing vacations that Ireland can offer.