Ballybunion Golf Club, Ireland
One of the most beautiful golf courses in the world!
The small town of Ballybunion on the southwest coast of Ireland (Munster Province, County Kerry) has around 1,400 inhabitants; And if you stroll through the streets of the dreamy city, you will suddenly find yourself in front of an unusual monument: The statue represents a celebrity, namely the former US President Bill Clinton – as a golfer. So excited were the people of Ballybunion to have Clinton pursued his hobby on their golf course in September 1988 that they decided to dedicate this work of art to him. The golf course of Ballybunion is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. All amateur or professional golfers taking a (golf) trip to Ireland should pay him a visit.
The Ballybunion Golf Club and its two courses
The Ballybunion Golf Club was founded in the 19th century. Today it has two great 18-hole courses; the two courses are called “The Old Course” and “The Cashen Course”. The older square was opened in 1893. In 1995 the American professional golf player Thomas (Tom) Watson redesigned it. “The Old Course” is 6,220 m long. “The Cashen Course” (length: 5,766 m) was inaugurated in 1984. Both places are characterized by an idyllic landscape directly on the beach. Water hazards, bridges and lots of green characterize the old and new courses, and there is usually a fresh breeze blowing from the Atlantic Ocean – a dream for golfers! Golf can be played all year round in the mild climate of southern Ireland. The high season at Ballybunion Golf Club runs from May 3rd to October 7th,
Guests are welcomed to the Ballybunion Golf Club and registration can even be done online. Juniors between the ages of 14 and 18 should be accompanied by an adult golfer. And the members of the club want their guests to adhere to the “dress code”, which means that no jeans, no T-shirts and no sandals are allowed on the golf course. Formal attire should be worn in the club’s restaurant, and hats are frowned upon there! In addition to the restaurant (with lounge), two bars cater for the physical well-being of golfers: the “Spikes Bar” is located by the putting green, and the “Tuck Shop” at hole 9 of the “Old Course”.
In the tranquil village of Adare in County Limerick in southern Ireland, the Counts of Dunraven built a neo-Gothic castle in 1832. This romantic castle now serves as a five-star hotel. A nicer and more romantic accommodation than this “Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort” is hard to imagine, especially since the castle is surrounded by a 340 hectare well-tended park area, so that guests can relax in complete peace and quiet.
Guests can choose between 62 luxurious rooms and suites. All are equipped with elegant furniture and valuable works of art. Two restaurants, the “Oakroom” and the “Carriage House” take care of the physical well-being of the guests. If you want, you can also have food and drinks served in your room. In the evenings, the lounge with its open fireplace is a popular meeting place; here the piano is played live. An indoor pool and a fitness room are open to guests in the castle. The resort’s wellness area is located in a special building in the castle park, the “Lavender Cottage”. Staff offer massages, body wraps, and beauty treatments.
Golf and other hobbies
The Adare Golf Club operates its 18-hole course right next to the castle park. The guests of the resort are of course very welcome here. You can also take golf lessons. But golf is not the only hobby that guests of the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort can enjoy! In the hotel, guests can rent bicycles and then go on long tours through the region, maybe even plan a day trip to the city of Limerick, 12 km away. The hotel staff can also organize fishing trips to the nearby Maigne River or a game of clay pigeon shooting. Hobby photographers also get their money’s worth in Adare. The village is sometimes (and rightly!) Called the most beautiful in Ireland.