Don't go to Ballybunion just to play the Old course, make sure you put the Cashen high up on your itinerary, it's a stunning ramble through the dunes (or in our case, a hair-raising cart ride). There are no weak holes, but perhaps one or two that could be described as quirky. We took a cart on the Cashen and I can honestly say that it was a frightening experience and you find yourself having to traverse close to greens and tees which to be honest is sacrilege... this is not really a course where carts should be allowed - sooner or later carts will destroy the delicate turf. Anyway, for me the Cashen is a decent counterbalance to the Old which frankly disappointed me.
Date: September 19, 2005