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Storied Ballybunion Golf Club Unveils Course Enhancements

7.51am 8th June 2012 - Courses

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Ballybunion Golf Club, Old Course Hole 11 (Steve Carr)

Ballybunion Golf Club – Ireland’s fabled 36-hole golf links – announces recent enhancements to further benefit playability and aesthetics of its Old Course and Cashen Course.

As part of a multi-year project, respected golf course architecture firm Hawtree Limited fashioned several modifications this past winter to greens, tees, bunkers and playing corridors while maintaining the integrity of both iconic designs.

On the Old Course, rated among the world’s Top 20 by GOLF Magazine, work included:

“We are very cognizant of our duty to retain the Old Course’s classic routing and unique ambiance,” says Vari McGreevy, General Manager of Ballybunion Golf Club. “These skillfully executed tweaks make golfers’ journeys all the more memorable.”

Ballybunion Golf Club, Cashen Course, Hole 17 (Steve Carr)

Changes to the Robert Trent Jones-designed Cashen Course involved:

“The Cashen Course is more popular than ever with our international members and guests,” says McGreevy. “The updates enrich playing experiences and remain true to the layout’s original, rugged spirit.”

Meandering through fescue-covered dunes along County Kerry’s rugged Atlantic coastline, Ballybunion presents the quintessential Irish golf experience.

The Old Course

Ranked consistently in the world’s top 20 courses by GOLF Magazine, the par-71, 6,802-yard Old Course radiates majesty and charm. Beautifully contoured fairways fuse with a blanket of grassy dunes to fashion a classic test of links golf. The Old Course has mesmerized guests for decades, a tribute to its embodiment of the game’s greatest traits. The 402-yard No. 11 hole is widely heralded as one of the finest par 4s in the world, while the long par-3 15th is both remarkably scenic and treacherous.

The Cashen Course

Opened in 1984, the Cashen Course was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones. Situated on an even more dramatic parcel than its sister layout, the par-72, 6,306-yard course is one of the most challenging in Ireland. Bold and flirtatious, it requires acute precision off the tee and into the greens. Wildly undulating with breathtaking views throughout, the Cashen Course is consistently rated among the best modern layouts in Great Britainand Irelandby Golfweek.

Ballybunion Golf Club www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie

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