No 6 - Ballybunion - Old

Ballybunion Old course offers an excellent all-round test. This famous County Kerry links is thoroughly deserving of a spot in our top 10



Architect: T Simpson 2006 position: 6 Stats: 6,598 yds; par 71; SSS 72 GF: €185-€280 T: 00353 68 27146 W: (opens in new tab)

The famous County Kerry links is thoroughly deserving of a spot in our top 10.

As the course works closer to the Atlantic from the 6th, you embark on a thrilling journey that will challenge every facet of your game.

One of my favourite things about Ballybunion is just how thoroughly it tests you around the greens.

Many of them are raised with run-offs – especially to the sides – which takes the chip-and-run off the table, leaving you facing delicate shots off tight lies to firm surfaces.

To play to handicap you must either hit the greens or have a masterful touch. A very clever golf course. JE

+ Excellent all-round test; warm, genuine welcome; wonderful setting - Takes a while to escape the houses; awash with “trophy” golfers at times

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Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...

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Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response