Ballybunion golf club Kerry
Ballybunion Golf Course
Tom Watson the Millennium Captain at Ballybunion first visited this magnificent links course when he chose it to fine-tune his game before defending The Open title at Royal St. George’s in 1981. Watson sang its praises loudly when he declared "After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think the game was invented there". He went on: "There is a wild look to the place the wild grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll, make it very intimidating. But the contours on the fairways and on the greens are what makes, it a great course. You must play accurate iron shots into the greens, usually to a small target with not a lot of room to miss right or left".
Herbert Warren-Wind, the American golf writer described it as "nothing less than the finest seaside course I have ever seen".
Ballybunion was the venue for the Murphy’s Irish Open in the Millennium year and the Captain described the choice as "With its unique, vertical dimension, demanding uphill and downhill shots, it was meant to stage such an event". The 2000 Murphy’s Irish Open was won by, Patrik Sjoland with a score of 270.
Bill Clinton has visited Ballybunion twice, once as President of the US on the 8th September 1998 and again in 2001. Indeed I received the following letter from the President after Dick Spring presented him with a bronze of a Bald-Headed eagle in flight, on a golf ball, on a golf hole on my behalf. "Dear Tony, I enjoyed my visit to Ireland very much and was delighted with the warm welcome I receive. Thank you for the bronze eagle. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity and Hillary joins me in sending best wishes". Sincerely Bill Clinton.
Robert Trent Jones designed the Cashen Course the jury is still out as to which is the better and greater test of golf. Regardless of which side one comes down on, Ballybunion is in position of the two most magnificent links courses to be found anywhere in the world. It is no wonder that golfers come from all corners of the world to saver "the champagne air" off the Atlantic Ocean only to be found at Ballybunion.
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 7-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Same);
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 7-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Down-1);
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 6-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Same);
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 6-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Same);
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 6-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Same);
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 6-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Down-1);
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 5-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 7 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 5-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 7 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 5-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 7 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 3-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;
Ballybunion's Old Course was voted the No. 6 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 57-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Same);
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 57-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Down-3);
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 54-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Up-2);
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 56-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015;
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 79-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013;
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 56-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-10);
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 66-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Up-13);
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 79-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-12);
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 91-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 93-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 87-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;
Ballybunion's Cashen Course was voted the No. 77-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;
|Green Fees Old Course High Season:||€210|
|Green Fees Old Course Low Season:||€95|
|Green Fees Cashen Course High Season:||€65|
|Green Fees Cashen Course Low Season||€50|
|Green Fees with a Member:||as above|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€40/60|
|Club Hire: €45
|Buggy Hire: Only on Cashen Course Apr to October €40:
|Designer||Lionel Hewson & Tom Simpson (Old)|
|Website||Ballybunion golf club website|
|Lady Captain:||Margaret McAuliffe
|Presidents':||Brendan O'Sullivan &|
|Hon. Secretary:||Patrick O'Sullivan & Marion Kennedy-Hogan|
|Club Pro:||Brian O'Callaghan|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Noel Lynch & Mary Kelly|
|Comp. Secretary:||Donal Kearney & Meave Barrett|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 7.00am to 11.30pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse||Dress Code:: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full Catering facilities||Days to Avoid: Weekends & Bank Holidays (phone)|
|Green Fees and Welcome: Other Days||Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14 Days in advance|
Ballybunion Golf Club Fixtures 2019 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2019 (to be Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 13 January||Closed||1|
|Lady President's Prize Day 2
||Sunday 5 May|
|President's Prize||Saturday 25 May
||Sunday 26 May
|President's Prize||Sunday 5 May
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 1 June
||Sunday 2 June||Closed||2|
|Captain's Prize||Sunday 2 June
|Lady Captain's Prize||Saturday 10 August||Closed||1|
|Ladies 4-Person Team Event (Cashen Course)
||Monday 22 April||Open||1|
|Ladies 4-Person Team Event (Old Course)
||Monday 6 May||Open||1|
|Great Ireish Links Challenge Practice Round
||Sunday 5 May
||Wednesday 8 May||Open||4|
|Great Ireish Links Challenge||Monday 6 May||Open||1|
|Great Ireish Links Challenge||Tuesday 7 May||Open||1|
|Great Ireish Links Challenge||Wednesday 8 May||Open||1|
|Jimmy Bruen Shield (Q)||Saturday 11 May||Sunday 12 May||GUI||2|
|Jimmy Bruen Shield (Q)||Sunday 12 May||GUI||1|
|Senior Scratch Cup (Old & Cashen)||Saturday 18 May||Open||1|
|Inter. Scratch Cup 12 to 18 (Old Course)||Sunday 19 May||Open||1|
|Junior Scratch Cup 6 to 11 (Old Course)||Sunday 19 May||Open||1|
|Ladies Captains Charity 4-Person Team Event||Saturday 8 June||Open||1|
|Pat Mulcare Am-Am||Saturday 27 July||Sunday 28 July||Open||2|
|Pat Mulcare Am-Am||Sunday 28 July||Open||1|
|Irish Amateur Close Championship||Saturday 3 August||Wednesday 7 August||GUI||5|
|Irish Amateur Close Championship||Sunday 4 August||GUI||1|
|Irish Amateur Close Championship||Monday 5 August
|Irish Amateur Close Championship||Tuesday 6 August||GUI||1|
|Irish Amateur Close Championship||Wednesday 7 August||GUI||1|
|The Kerry Boys' Championship||Monday 12 August||Friday 16 August||Open||5|
|The Kerry Boys' Championship||Tuesday 13 August||Open||1|
|The Kerry Boys' Championship||Wednesday 14 August||Open||1|
|The Kerry Boys' Championship||Thursday 15 August||Open||1|
|The Kerry Boys' Championship||Friday 16 August||Open||1|
|James Moran Memorial Golf Classic||Sunday 20 October||Monday 21 October||Open||2|
|James Moran Memorial Golf Classic||Monday 21 October||Open||1|
|Munster Boys Amateur Open Championship||Wednesday 30 October||Friday 1 November||GUI||3|
|Munster Boys Amateur Open Championship||Thursday 31 October||GUI||1|
|Munster Boys Amateur Open Championship||Friday 1 November||GUI||1|
Card of the Course
|White||Par 71 SSS 70 6,350 yd's|
|Red||Par 74 SSS 72 5,459 yd's|
|Green||Par 71 SSS 68 6,060 yd's|
|Blue||Par 71 SSS 72 6,802 yd's|
Men's Course Record Am: 67 P. Mulcare
Ladies Course Record:
Ballybunion Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup at Carton House Golf Club on Thursday 21st September 2017.
They beat Ennis Golf Club in the Munster Final at the neighboring club Tralee Golf Club on 13th August by 3½-matches to 1½-matches. They were led out by Philip Byrne who lost his match against Alan Butler by 4 and 3, next up was Frank Geany Jnr. who had a 2 and 1 win over Andrew Whelan, he was followed by Ronan Cross who beat Sean Myatt by 3 and 2, in the penultimate match James O’Callaghan halved his match against John Fitzpatrick when called-in in the bottom match Brian Slattery recorded a 2 & 1 win over Matthew Whelan.
They made their way to Carton House Golf Club in Co. Kildare to participate in the All-Ireland deciders and were drawn against Connacht Champions Loughrea Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 20th September and recorded a 3½-matches to 1½-matches win over the Galway Club. First on the tee was Philip Byrne who had a 2-hole win over Padraig Hayes, he was followed by Frank Geary Jnr. who lost his match against Evan O’Doherty by 3 and 1, next on the tee was Ronan Cross who had a comfortable 4 and 3 win over Paddy McMahon, in the penultimate match Adrian Walsh went up the 20th before clinching the valuable point against David Byrnes, in the bottom match Brian Slattery recorded a halve against Brendan Dunne when called-in.
They met Leinster Champions Grange Golf Club in the All-Ireland Decider on the Thursday who had accounted for Ulster Champions Malone Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches in their Semi-Final.
They were led out again by Philip Byrne who lost out to Kevin O’Meara by 6 and 5, he was followed by Frank Geary Jnr. Who won his match against Paul McNiff by 3 and 2, next on the tee was Ronan Cross who went down to Graham McDonnell by 7 and 5, in the penultimate match Adrian Walsh recorded a 3 and 2 win over Niall McCormick, in the bottom match Brian Slattery clinched the All-Ireland with a 2 and 1 win over Jack Ward. They were managed by Brendan Daly assisted by Des O’Donnell and the reserves were James O’Callaghan, Barry O’Callaghan and Aidan Daly.
There may have been no Sam in Kerry yet again but the famous Golf Club is playing it part in winning All-Ireland medals having won the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 2015 and Ronan Cross played his part on that team.
The Ladies of Ballybunion Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Challenge Cup and were drawn against Ulster Champions County Armagh Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final where they recorded a 3 ½-matches to 1 ½-matches victory over the ladies from Armagh at Dundalk Golf Club on Friday 24th September 2016.
First on the tee was Mary Hickey Keane who lost out to Anne O'Reilly by 6 and 4 she was followed by Margaret McAuliffe who recorded a 3 and 2 win over Jacqueline Kelly, next up was Elva Clancy who halved her match against Eilish Grimes when called-in, in the penultimate match Dori Cotter had a 3 and 2 win over Sheila Stinson Tess Noonan in the bottom match had a similar score against Sylvia Ashe.
They met the Ladies from Headfort Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final the following day and retained the same formation with Mary Hickey Keane leading the way she lost out to Oonagh Clarke by 5 and 4 followed by Margaret McAuliffe who went down to Susan Reilly by 4 and 3, next up was Elva Clancy who lost to Mary Bowler by 4 and 2 the penultimate match of Dori Cotter against Ita Cribbin was halved when called-in and in the bottom match, Tess Noonan lost to Patricia Tyrrell by 6 and 5. So the Ladies from Kells in Co. Meath won their first All-Ireland Pennant.
The reserves were Aideen O'Leary and Mary Whelan. They were managed by Jean Liston.
Ballybunion Golf Club won the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield at Carton House O’Meara Course on Saturday 19th September 2015 having previously won it at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 1979.
They met Ulster Champions Fortwilliam in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on the Friday and were led out by Des O'Donnell with Iarla O'Mahony who beat John Michael McAuley with Alan Hawthorne by 1-hole, they were followed by Ronan Cross with Finbarr Carrig who had a 3 and 2 win over Declan Hughes with Martin McKeown, next up were Mark Dilger with Kevin Frost who halved their match against Eamonn O'Kane with William Rooney, in the penultimate match Brian Slattery with Adrian Walsh had a very comfortable 7 and 6 win over Patrick McDiarmuid with Marshall Sharpe, in the Bottom match Dale O'Sullivan with Brendan Daly recorded a halve against Aidan Hawkins with Patrick McGurnaghan.
They met Connacht Champions Castlebar Golf Club in the decider who had accounted for Leinster Champions Greystones by 3 ½-matches to 1 ½-matches the previous day.
First on the tee were James Lavery with Paul Enright who lost their match against Tom Moylett with Ian Brennan by 5 and 4, they were followed by Ronan Cross with Finbarr Carrig who had a 4 and 2 win over John McHugh with Gary Corbett, next up were Mark Dilger with Iarla O'Mahony who had a very comfortable 5 and 4 win over Paddy Burke with David Walsh, in the penultimate match Padraig Quill with John Eggleston recorded a halve against Ryan O’Malley with Mark Jennings, in the bottom match Adrian Walsh with Brian Slattery clinched the green pennant when they beat Michael Kilcourse with Shane Rice by 4 and 3.
The other members of the team were Aidan Hanrahan, John Enright, Sean Kennelly, Frank Dore, Alan Grimes, Des O’Donnell, Brian Hayes, Brendan Daly, Dale O’Sullivan and Kevin Frost, they were Captained and Managed by Patrick O’Sullivan assisted by Ed Stack.
After a 10-year gap Ballybunion Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield when they beat Ballykisteen Golf Club by 4-matches to 1-match at East Clare Golf Club on Sunday 19th July 2015.
First on the tee was Ronan Cross with Finbarr Carrig who beat Owen O'Keeffe with T. J. O'Riordan by 2 and 1, they were followed by Mark Dilger with Kevin Frost who had a comfortable 6 and 5 win over Johnathan Ryan with John Hoare, next up were Adrian Walsh with Brian Slattery who recorded a similar win over Olly Hodges & Denis O'Brien, the final two matches of Padraig Quille with John Eggleston against Colm Riordan with Liam Downey and Des O'Donnell with John Enright against Michael Kennedy with Joe McDonald were halved when called in.
Ballybunion Golf Club reached the Munster Semi-Final of the Barton Shield at Shannon Golf Club on Saturday 16th August 2014, they met Muskerry Golf Club and had a very narrow defeat by 1-hole against the Cork Club, they were led out by Peter Sheehan with David O'Driscoll who lost out to Niall Gorey with Dave O'Donovan by 1-hole, they were followed by Ed Stack with Eoin O'Connor who drew their match against Daniel Hallissey with John Waldron.
They beat Glengarriff Golf Club by 6-holes in the first qualifying match at Castlegregory Golf Club on Saturday 28th June; they followed this with a 2-hole win over Bantry Bay Golf Club and had a 1-hole win over Dooks Golf Club before beating Killarney Golf Club by 3-holes.
The Ladies of Ballybunion Golf Club won the Joe Quinlan Senior Ladies Foursomes in 2014, when the team was, Marjorie Morkan, Marion Flannery, Eleanor O’Sullivan, Marie Been, Syighle Henigan, Aideen O’Leary, Mary Pierce, Pudge O’Reilly they were managed by Norma McKeon.
My congratulations to Ballybunion Golf Club on lifting their First All-Ireland Junior Cup at Royal Tara Golf Club on Thursday 19th September 2013 and they did it with a group of young men with John Molyneaux Jnr. being the youngest at 16-years of age.
They beat Tramore Golf Club by 3½ matches to 1½ matches at Killarney Golf Club on 10th August in the Munster decider. They made the long journey to Royal Tara Golf Club in Co. Meath to compete in the national deciders. They arrived early and played the course 6-times in preparation for the big event.
They met Leinster Champions Laytown & Bettystown in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, first on the tee was John Molyneaux Jnr. who overcame Rory O’Gorman on the 20th-hole, he was followed by Frank Geary Jnr. who had a 4 and 2 win over M. Gogarty, next on the tee was Senan Carroll who lost out to E. Collins by 5 and 3, the penultimate match of Richard Hanley against C. Taylor was clinched with a 2-hole win for BallyB and with it a place in the decider the following day, the bottom match of Jason Lynch against S. Ward when called-in.
They met Connacht Champions Westport Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final, who had beaten Ulster Champions Slieve Russell by 3½ matches to 1½ matches in their Semi-Final. Team captain John Maher retained the same format for the final and sent out young Molyneaux against Ronan Hehir who put the first points on the board with a 2-holes win over the team from Mayo; Frank Geary Jnr. had a 3 and 1 win over Jack Healy, he was followed by Senan Carroll who halved his match against Ronan Mahon when called in, the penultimate match of Richard Hanley clinched the green pennant when he chipped in on the 16th in his match against Tony Bree to record a 3 and 2 victory, in the bottom match of Jason Lynch against Shane Larkin when called in, both the matches were shaded in BallyB’s favour so in reality this team of teenagers had a relatively easy win to clinch this famous clubs first green pennant since 1979 when they won the Jimmy Bruen at Royal Portrush Golf Club The other members of the team were Frank Fenn, Aidan Hanrahan and Cillian Beasley the other manager was Ed Stack, it is interesting to note that John Molyneaux was on the “Broom” team in 1979.
Ballybunion Golf Club won the Kerry Championship of the J. B. Carr Diamond Championship in 2013, when the team was, John Kinsella, Eddie Moylan, Tony Hanley, Declan Lovett, Seamus Hanley, Billy Farrell, Anton Casey, Jerry Galvin, John Corridan, Seamus Moroney, Jim McKenna, Rory Flannnery and Eamon Kennelly. They were managed by Ollie Kearns.
The Ladies of Ballybunion Golf Club won the Munster Final of the AA-Insurance Junior Cup in 2008, when they beat Killarney Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 match in the district final and made the journey to Limerick Golf Club to compete in the National deciders; where they met Mid-Leinster Champions and eventual winners Enniscorthy Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, they lost out by 3 matches to 2 matches in a close encounter. First on the tee wasMargaret McAuliffe (8) who won her match by 3 and 1 against Margaret Mooney (9), she was followed by Nora Quaid (10) who lost to Jennifer King (9) by 3 and 2, next up was Pat Joyce (12) who had a 5 and 4 win against Catriona Hogan (10), the penultimate match of Eileen Kenny-Ryan (14) was a 3 and 2 win for Laura Dempsey (11), in the bottom match Toni Quilter suffered a 2 and 1 defeat to Cora Mernagh (12).
The Ladies of Ballybunion Golf Club were Southern District winners of the AA-Insurance ILGU Inter-club All-Ireland Intermediate Cup in 2006; they made their was to Headfort Golf Club to compete in the National Decide were they met Craddockstown Golf Club and eventual green pennant winners in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and lost out by 4-matches to 1-match.
First on the tee was Pudge O'Reilly (16) who lost her match by 3 and 1 against Eileen Jones (18), she was followed by Georgina Keane (19) who lost by 2 and 1 against Brigid Kennedy (18), next up was Ann Marie Carroll (19) who recorded a half against Eileen O'Donnell (19), in the penultimate match Nola Adams (20) lost by 3 and 2 against Frances Corrigan (20), the bottom match of Nuala Lynch (21) against Rosemary O'Connor (20) was halved.
The team was, Nola Adams, Pudge O’Reilly, Georgina Keane, Nuala Lynch, Noirin Hitchen, Ann-Marie Carroll, Louise Griffin, Katherine Tangney, Marie Reen, Del O’Sullivan, they were managed by Mary Stack assisted by Judy McMahon.
Ballybunion Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Barton Shield and were drawn against a very strong Connacht Champions Galway Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Rosslare on Wednesday 14th September 2005.
Eoin O’Connor & Hannes Boch were drawn against John Neary & Eddie McCormack when they lost out by 6-holes. They were followed by J. D. Guiney & Peter Sheehan against Joe Lyons and Mark O’Sullivan who beat them by 5-holes. So it was not to be Bally B. year but it is good to see this famous club up there with the best of them in this “real” Blue Riband of Irish Golf.
Ballybunion Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield and were drawn against Connacht Champions Carrick-on-Shannon in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at Rosslare Golf Club on Friday 16th August 2005.
Brendan McKeon & Eoin O’Shaughnessy were drawn against Noel Sharkey & Alan French in the first match, which they won 4 and 3. They were followed by Didgie O’Connor & David Mulvihill who halved their match against Sean Mulvey & Albert Hogg. Edward Stack & Dominic Moriarty were next on the tee against Felim Gately & Johnny Martin and won their match by 4 and 3. The 4th match say Jonathan Murphy & Kieran Kennelly pitched against Noel McDermott & Joey Casey who recorded another convincing win by 4 and 3. the bottom match say Mark Dilger & Des O’Donnell, halve their match against Sean Bohan & Darragh Burke. So having had a 4 matches to 1 match against the Connacht champions they met Leinster Champions The Island the following day,
Brendan McKeon & Eoin O’Shaughnessy were drawn against Joe Cuffe & Stephen Rogers and lost by 5 and 4. Edward Stack & Dominic Moriarty were drawn against Denis Gaffney and Barry Hughes and had a bad day with a 6 and 5 defeat. Next up was Johnathan Murphy & Kieran Kennelly who halved their match against Anthony Sheridan & Ian McCormack. They were followed by Mark Dilger & Des O’Donnell who secured another half for Bally B. The anchor team was Didgie O’Connor & David Mulvihill who lost out to Noel Rodgers & Conor Whyte.
It was back in 1979 since this famous club last won the “Bruen” and even under the captaincy of “The Bommer’s” brother Donal "Dads" Liston. 2005 was not to be their year. It was interesting to note that Didgie O’Connor was on the Ballybunion Pierce Purcell All-Ireland winning team at Royal Portrush in 1975, which yet again proves that one can enjoy and compete in this wonderful game for as long as you wish.
The Ladies of Ballybunion Golf Club won the ILGU Munster Junior League in 2004, when the team was, Nola Adams, Georgina Keane, Lucy McAullife, Marjorie Morkan, Kathleen Tangney, Maureen Dillane, Angela Fahy and Ann O'Keeffe, they were managed by Ann O'Brien assisted by Doreen Kenny.
Michael Farrell won the Silver Medal at the inaugural Ulster Bank All-Ireland Championships, at Athlone Golf Club on October 6th 2002, when he returned a score of 71.
J. Molyneaux was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.
Prior to 2001:
Ballybunion Golf Club won the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield at Royal Portrush in 1979, when the team was Sean Walsh, Michael Henigan, Maurice Clarke, John Molyneaux, Ryle Dwyer, Bobby O'Mahony, Don Gorman, Gerry Galvin, Maurice Fahy, Joe Griffin, Michael Coote, Bill Harnett and Declan Lovett, they were managed by Michael Nagle.
They won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 1975, when the team was Niall O'Brien, Des Burke, Conor Stack, Michael Nagle, Sean McCarthy, Paddy Taylor, Tom O'Keeffe, Didgie O'Connor, Paudie Kinlon, Michael Noonan and Jackie Hourigan, they were captained by Dan Murphy.
They won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Lahinch Golf Club in 1973, when the team was Dan Murphy, Michael O'Shea, Harry Barrett, Francis Bennett, Michael Noonan, David Geany, John Harmon, P. J. Byrne, Michael Fitzgerald, Michael Nagle, Paddy Taylor, they were managed by Michael O'Hanlon.
Ballybunion won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup, when they beat a very strong Limerick team in the final and went on to play Shandon Park in the All-Ireland at Lahinch on 22nd September 2000. The squad was John O'Donnell, Brian O'Callaghan, Tim Hickey, John Carroll, Pat Harnett and Eoin O'Connor. The team Captain was Brian O'Callaghan. They went down to Co. Sligo in the Semi-Final. The team on the day was John O'Donnell, John Carroll, Tim Hickey, Eoin O'Connor and Pat Harnett.
They won the Professionals-Captain Foursomes in 1986 with Ted Higgins and Joe O'Sullivan and again in 1991 with Ted Higgins and Dominic Lynch.
They won the Bill O'Sullivan Shield at Killarney in 1990, when the team was J. J. Molyneaux, Jim Enright, Jim Daly, Toddy Enright, Patsy Costello, Donie Griffin, James Moloney, Michael Whelan, Nick Roberts and Martin Murp2hy, they were managed by John Molyneaux.
They won the Munster Irish Junior Cup, with W. J. Buckley, M. Murphy, G. Mulvihill, J. Dolan, P. Kelliher, F. Dore and A. Bennett, they were managed by Sean Walsh.
They won the Munster Irish Club Youths' Championship in 1993, when the team was Gary Mlvilhill, Gary Scanlon, Sean Quinlivan and Dessie O'Hanlon, they were managed by Robert O'Mahony.
Ballybunion Golf Club won the Munster Junior Foursomes in 1998, when the team was Eoin O'Connor, Aidan Buckley, John O'Donnell, Jonathan Murphy, John Fitzell and Shane Lavery.
They won the County Championship of the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 1996, when the team was, Didgie O'Connor, Edmund Stack, Michael F. Barrett, Patsy O'Sullivan, Maurice Clarke, Michael D. O'Sullivan, John Molyneaux, J. C. O'Brien, Donal Hannon, Jimmy McGowan, Tom McKeon, Michael Cotter, P. J. Walsh, Sean McCarthy, they were managed by Sean Walsh
They won it again in 1999, when the team was, Maurice Clarke, Tom McNamara, Brendan O'Neill, Bob Gidlow, Michael Henigan, Tom McKeon, Michael O'Connor, Michael P. Murphy, Jimmy McGowan, Seamus Finnerty, Eamonn McSweeney, Milo Spillane, Michael F. Barrett, Stevie Brosnan, Didgie O'Connor, John Barry, Donal Hannon, William Hayes, they were managed by Sean Walsh.
They last won the J. B. Carr County Championship in 2001, when the team was, Kevin Barrett, Stevie Brosnan, Paddy Boucher-Hayes, Patrick A. Costelloe, Seamus Finnerty, Donie Griffin, Bob Gidlow, Tom McNamara, Eamon McSweeney, Dominic Moriarty, Martin Murphy, Michael O'Connor, Brian O'Flaherty, Brendan O'Neill, Brendan O'Sullivan, Tony O'Sullivan, Michael D. O'Sullivan, Milo Spillane, Edmund Stack, Sean Walsh, they were managed by Robert O'Mahony.
The Ladies' of Ballybunion Golf Club won the Ladies Munster Junior League in 1984 at Killarney Golf Club, when the team was, Phil Beary, Sighle Henigan, Angela Fahy, Bernie Rohan, Mary Stack and Carmel Fleming they were captained by Del O'Sullivan.
They won the Munster Junior League again in 1991 when they defeated Dooks Golf Club at Mallow Golf Club, when the team was, Toni Quilter, Josette O'Donnell, Mary Stack, Sighle Henigan, Corrina Buckley, Rose Molyneaux and Breda Barrett.
They won the Ladies Munster Minor League in 1982, when the team was Phil Beary, Marie Galvin, Ann O'Brien, Angela Fahy and Mary Stack.
They Won the Munster Ladies Intermediate League in 1981 when the team was Ann Corridan Margaret Harnett, Doreen Kenny, Eileen Kenny and Anne Moore, they were captained by Anne O'Brien.
They won the ILGU Junior League in 2000, when the team was Orla Boyle, Carmel Carroll, Maureen Dillane, Lucy McAuliffe, Marjorie Morkan, Marie O'Callaghan and Katherine Tangney, they were managed by Ann O'Keeffe.
Mother & Daughter Toni and Michelle Quilter dominated the Australian Spoons competition on the Cashen Course, when they won by a clear nine shots. Toni went on to win the gross prize a few days later over the world famous Old Course in May of 2000.
Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;
T. Corridan represented Ireland at international Youths level from 1977 to 1979 playing 11-matches, won 6-matches halved one and lost 4-matches accumulating 13-points;
Sean Quinlivan represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1996 playing 1-matches, won 1-match and lost 1-match accumulating 2-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 1990 to 1993 playing 30-times won 13-matches halved two and lost 15-matches accumulating 28-points. He represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1995 to 1997 playing 12-times won 6-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 13-points. He represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1991 to 1996 playing 30-times won 11-matches halved five and lost 14-matches accumulating 27-points;
J. Beasley* represented Munster as a Senior Interprovincial from 1938 to 1939;
R. Allen* represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1968 to 1971 playing 10-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 5-points;
J. Meighan* represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level from 1971 to 1973;
V. Maloney represented Munster at Youths’ Interprovincial level in 1989 playing 6-times won 2-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 4-points;
Aidan Buckley represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1998 playing 4-times won 1-match halved one and lost 2-match accumulating 5-points;
Edward Stack represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 2006 playing 4-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 1-point;
Donagh Walsh represented Munster in the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1996 playing 6-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 5-matches accumulating 1-point;
Mary Harnett played for the Irish Girls in 1978.
History of Ballybunion
Instituted 1896affiliated 1901
The first mention of golf at Bally B. is in the Golfers Annual 1895-96, which gives its instituted date as 1896.
The first meeting of the old club took place on 4th March 1896. The first President was Mr. George Hewson and the first Hon. Secretary was Mr. C. Mark Montserrat. It was, financed by the Lartigue Railway Co.
The club went into decline about 1898. Herbert Warren Wind in book the Lure of Golf states that "when the club was reformed in 1906 after financial woes had brought down the original organisation, Captain Lionel Hewson, for many years editor of the Irish Golf magazine, built the nine holes that became the present layout." This was one of Hewson’s proudest achievements.
The people behind the revival of Bally B were Col. Bartholomew, an ex-Indian officer, Mr. B. J. Johnston, of the Bank of Ireland, Listowel, Mr Patrick McCarthy, who served as Hon. Secretary in the original club, whose son William served as Hon. Secretary from 1928-52 and Mr. John Macaulay of Listowel. It extended to 18 holes in 1927. The work was, carried out by Carter & Sons of London. The GUI Selected Bally B. for the Irish Close Championship in 1937, the club called in the renowned course architect Mr Tom Simpson who only say fit to change three greens. The 1937 Championship was won by Jimmy Bruen. However the ILGU had already discovered the magic of Bally B. as they held the 1932 Irish Ladies Championship in that year. It was, won by Miss Betty Latchford a local Lady. Many a famous Championship and person has graced the famous links since. Bill Clinton played here in on 5th September 1988, Tom Watson was Captain in 2000 and it was the Venue of the Murphy’s Irish Open on 29th July-2nd August 2000.
Roll of Honour
|Mrs. Helen McWeeney||1989||Ladies Captain|
|John Croghan||1989||Mens Captain|
|Mrs. Martina Reid||1990||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Tess Kissane||1990||Ladies President|
|Owen McMahon||1990||Mens Captain|
|Michael F. Barrett||1990||President|
|Mrs. Eileen Kearns||1991||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. A. Sheehan||1991||Ladies President|
|Jim Maher||1991||Mens Captain|
|Michael F. Bennett||1991||President|
|Mrs. Angela Fahy||1992||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Nuala O'Sullivan||1992||Ladies President|
|Dominic Lynch||1992||Mens Captain|
|Mrs. Nuala Lynch||1993||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. P. Walsh||1993||Ladies President|
|Sean Walsh||1993||Mens Captain|
|Ms Marie O'Callaghan||1994||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. A. Gilmore-Shortis||1994||Ladies President|
|John Fox||1994||Mens Captain|
|Mrs. Elizanne McMahon||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Annie T. Corridan||1995||Ladies President|
|Toddy Enright||1995||Mens Captain|
|Mrs. Rose Molyneaux||1996||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Sighle Henigan||1996||Ladies President|
|Joe Guerin||1996||Mens Captain|
|Dr Michael Brosnan||1996||President|
|Mrs. Eleanor O'Sullivan||1997||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Peggy O'Connor||1997||Ladies President|
|Dan O'Sullivan||1997||Mens Captain|
|Mrs. Mai Maher||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Joan Stack||1998||Ladies President|
|Brian McCarthy||1998||Mens Captain|
|Mrs. Clare Hurley||1999||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Mary O'Hanlon||1999||Ladies President|
|Fintan Scannell||1999||Mens Captain|
|Mr. Billy Browne||1999||President|
|Mrs. Ray McCarthy||2000||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. Mary Stack||2000||Ladies President|
|Mr. Tom Watson||2000||Mens Captain|
|Mr. Gerard Collins||2000||President|
|Maureen Dillane||2001||Ladies Captain|
|P. Beary||2001||Ladies President|
|Brendan O'Sullivan||2001||Mens Captain|
|Katherine Tangney||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Ann O'Brien||2002||Ladies President|
|John Sexton||2002||Mens Captain|
|Timothy J. Hannan||2002||President|
|Patricia Boyle||2003||Ladies Captain|
|Joan Boucher-Hayes||2003||Ladies President|
|Gerard Walsh||2003||Mens Captain|
|Norma Browne||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Joan Boucher-Hayes||2004||Ladies President|
|Donal Liston||2004||Mens Captain|
|Margaret Scannell||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Thelma McAuliffe||2005||Ladies President|
|Michael Shanahan||2005||Mens Captain|
|Aideen O'Leary||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Corrina Buckley-Higgins||2006||Ladies President|
|Gerard Burke||2006||Mens Captain|
|Deirdre Dillane||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Mary O'Connor||2007||Ladies President|
|Pat Mulvihill||2007||Mens Captain|
|Dori Cotter||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Norma McKeon||2008||Ladies President|
|Tom Corridan||2008||Mens Captain|
|Marian Flannery||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Helen McNerney||2009||Ladies President|
|Michael Nagle||2009||Mens Captain|
|Louise Griffin||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Martina Reid||2010||Ladies President|
|Jim McKenna||2010||Mens Captain|
|Ann O’Keeffe||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Eileen Kearns||2011||Ladies President|
|Brendan Daly||2011||Mens Captain|
|Jane Liston||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Angela Fahy||2012||Ladies President|
|Batt O'Keeffe||2012||Mens Captain|
|Maria Shanahan||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Michael Barry||2013||Mens Captain|
|Toni Quilter||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Elizanne McMahon||2014||Ladies President|
|Sean Kennelly||2014||Mens Captain|
|Anne Marie Carroll||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Brendan O'Loinsigh||2015||Mens Captain|
|Eileen Kenny-Ryan||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Milie Costello||2016||Mens Captain|
|Josette O’Donnell||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Mai Maher||2017||Ladies President|
|Tom Keane||2017||Mens Captain|
|Nora Quaid||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Clare Hurley||2018||Ladies President|
|Tom Wall||2018||Mens Captain|
|Margaret McAuliffe||2019||Ladies Captain|
|John O'Sullivan||2019||Mens Captain|
|Emma O'Driscoll||2019||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Denis O'Sullivan||2019||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
|Edward Stack||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Eoin O'Connor||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|David O'Driscoll||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Hannes Boch||2019||Lowest Men's Handicap|
Holes in One at Ballybunion
|Member||Date||Hole No.||Club Used||Distance|
|Payne Stewert||9 June 1998
|Juergen Menz||15 July 2001||3rd||Old||211 yd's|
|Maureen Stack||31 October 2001||3rd||Old||189 yd‘s|
|Jerry Galvin||4 November 2001||6th||Cashen||155 yd‘s|
|Mike Keane||17 August 2003||12th||Cashen||179 yd's|
|Danny Kane||31 October 2004||15th||Old||197 yd‘s|
|Fintan Scannell||23 January 2005||14th||Old||127 yd‘s|
|John O'Connor||11 June 2006||15th||Old||197 yd's|
|Stewart Preston||1 September 2006||6th||Old||143 yd's|
|Norah Quinlan||10 June 2007||14th||Old||122 yd's|
|Mike Flynn||29 July 2007||11th||Cashen||140 yd's|
|Eleanor O'Sullivan||28th June 2014||8th||Old||130 yd's|
|Dan Murphy 80 years+
||1st October 2014||8th||Old||146 yd's|