Ballybunion Cashen Course

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  • Architect:
    • Jones Sr, Robert Trent
  • Holes of Merit:
    3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 18


The Cashen Course boasts higher dunes, deeper valleys, and more undulating greens than the Old. The club describes it as more "irascible, spectacular, flirtatious, brutal, unforgiving and difficult to tame than the Old."

Ballybunion Cashen Course Review

Sean Arble's tour of the course can be found here

Golf Course Review

The Ballybunion Golf Club website states regarding the Cashen Course that is it 'were situated anywhere else, rather than adjacent to the world-famous Old Course, it would attract far more attention and plaudits than it does.' It also candidly admits: 'In a strong wind, the Cashen links verges on being impossible – its dunes are higher, its valleys are deeper, its greens more undulating.' You won't find a more honest appraisal of one's own golf course than that.

It was built by Robert Trent Jones Sr as a way to woo the American visitors. Routed among some of the largest dunes in golf, the greens are tiny which often need to be flown into rather than taking the ground assault. When the wind blows, as it often does on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Ballybunion Cashen Course can verge on the impossible.


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