Mother Nature & Tom Watson
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The Old Course at Ballybunion is known as one of the premier links courses in the world. Nearly untouched by man made influence, there are no trees, illustrating the template of an authentic links layout. The undulating fairways and contoured greens are pinned against the Irish coast, appearing as a daunting undertaking. Nevertheless, the course is laid out as a fair test with the backdrop of beauty. Not an overly lengthy layout, one needs to practice accuracy due to smaller greens and punishment for left and right misses. Tom Watson has considered Ballybunion a legitimate test of golf that any designer should play before they build a golf course.