Ballybunion (Old)

P. Murphy, 1893/Tom Simpson, 1936, 1936

This Southwest Irish gem is wedged between huge sandhills and the Atlantic Ocean. “Nothing less than the finest seaside course I have ever seen,” said Hall of Fame writer Herbert Warren Wind. Echoed five-time Open champion Tom Watson, “It is one of the best and most beautiful tests of links golf anywhere.” Greenkeeper John Bambury embarked six years ago to convert the poa greens to fine fescue and to re-establish the running game. His hard work has reached fruition. (Photo: Getty Images)