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Sitting majestically on the Co . Kerry coastline , Ballybunion offers 36 holes of intrigue and brilliance . The Old course is revered but it wasn ’ t until Tom Watson ’ s rapturous endorsement rang around the world that the links became a bucket-list destination .
Ballybunion has been basking in that glory ever since . And with good reason . Every shot on these hallowed fairways and sublime , new greens ( 2016 ) is links golf in its purest form .
This is as natural a course as you could hope to find . Greens sit on high plateaus and in dells , fairways cascade between heaving shoulders and dunes squeeze greens like over-zealous bodyguards . Ballybunion builds from a ( relatively ) calm start and then just explodes on the back nine to produce drama at every turn : few golfers will forget holes such as 11 , 15 and 17 … world beaters , every one .