Bounded by counties Limerick and Cork, County Kerry lies in the south west corner of Ireland with Dunmore Head on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula acknowledged as the most westerly point in the country. Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and the Atlantic coastline around the Ring of Kerry attract visitors in great numbers every year with Killarney the focal point of this tourist activity.
The Old course at Ballybunion dates back to 1893 and it’s widely regarded as one of the most venerable links in all of Ireland. Tom Simpson upgraded the layout in 1936, the year before the club hosted the Irish Amateur Close Championship and the All-Ireland Finals and these prestigious national competitions have been played on the course several times since.
The courses at Waterville and Tralee have undergone something of a renaissance in recent times and both born again links layouts now feature prominently in GB&I Top 100 ranking lists. And don’t forget the three 18-hole circuits at Killarney or the engaging courses at Dooks and Dingle because, quite frankly, golfers are spoilt for choice in County Kerry.