31 Mar '13, 2pm

It's not easy, but Ballybunion remains standard for links golf

It's not easy, but Ballybunion remains standard for links golf

It’s not easy being Ballybunion. Consider this: It has been more than 30 years since Tom Watson came traipsing over to Ireland and declared Ballybunion to be so pure that “a man would think that the game of golf originated here.” As if that weren’t enough, he recommended that golf architects “should live and play” at Ballybunion before they presume to design courses of their own. Herbert Warren Wind went so far as to declare Ballybunion “the finest seaside course I have ever seen,” the one “that really bowls over the visiting golfer.” So where’s the upside for a golf course when a five-time Open champion and the game’s most famous chronicler declare it to be the prototype for links design? How do you top that? You see the problem, right? It’s not so easy being the king of the hill, the standard against which others are measured. Every day a new group of golfers arrives on ...

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