(BALLYBUNION, Ireland) - Ballybunion Golf Club - Ireland's fabled 36-hole golf links - invites North Americans to experience its magical setting in 2013.
The club's Old Course is ranked consistently in the world's top 20 by GOLF Magazine. Beautifully contoured fairways fuse with a blanket of grassy dunes to fashion a classic test of links golf. 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.
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.
Evidencing Ballybunion's "must visit" status, the well-traveled principals of two of North America's most-respected golf-tour operators - Celtic Golf and Hidden Links - have become overseas members of the club.
"Being an overseas member at Ballybunion makes me that much more motivated to share the experience with golfers from around the world," says Jeff Flynn, Founder & CEO of Hidden Links. "Just like the Old Course at St. Andrews, I want every golfer to make that magical journey to Ballybunion's Old Course at least once in their lifetime. Hopefully they'll do better than me though, as my first shot ever at Ballybunion was a mis-hit 1-iron into the wind that ended up in the ancient cemetery!"
"I am very appreciative of my overseas membership at Ballybunion, especially when I am personally hosting groups of golfers who are playing the Old Course for the first time," says Jerry Quinlan, CEO of Celtic Golf. "Their high level of enthusiasm after their game and comments about their experience is heartwarming as they realize that they've just played one of the world's best golf courses."
For additional information about memberships, tee times and more: www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie
, (011) 353.68.27146.
About Ballybunion Golf Club
Meandering through fescue-covered dunes along County Kerry's rugged Atlantic coastline, Ballybunion presents the quintessential Irish golf experience. The club's Old and Cashen Courses recall the game's earliest origins making them "must plays" for every serious golfer.
Getting there: Shannon Airport (SNN) is 1-1/2 hours from Ballybunion Golf Club and offers non-stop service from New York (JFK and Newark), Boston and Toronto. Dublin Airport (DUB) is 3-1/2 hours away with non-stop flights from New York (JFK and Newark), Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto, Montreal and more.