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Tim_Weiman

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Ballybunion Golf Club has decided to do extensive work on the their Cashen course. Apparently this will include work on almost every green, some changes to the topography throughout the course and relocation of at least one green (#5).

The work will be done by Tom Watson and Graham Maxwell and will be done gradually over a period of 5-6 years, with a desire to spread out the project cost driving the project schedule.

This was reported to me by fellow Ballybunion member and friend Kevin Frost who some may know has a history with the Cashen. Kevin was the person who hit balls for Robert Trent Jones and did quite a few paintings when the course was built in the early 1980s.

The Cashen has been the subject of controversy since itís inception for a few reasons. The original design was very difficult to walk and the grow in didnít go very well at all. Then too, there were some fairways that were simply too narrow given normal wind conditions.

This news sadly brings to mind to passing of Neil Regan who loved the Cashen, whatever itís faults. I am sure Neil would hope the Watson led work goes well.
Tim Weiman

Sean_A

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Re: Tom Watson to lead extensive work on Ballybunionís Cashen Course
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2023, 02:19:54 AM »
Is Kevin the chap you hung with at St Pat's?

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Ally Mcintosh

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Re: Tom Watson to lead extensive work on Ballybunionís Cashen Course
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2023, 02:29:42 AM »
Graham Webster is the architect (not Maxwell). He oversaw the work on Ballybunion Old course a few years ago, as well as being responsible for the changes to Tralee 6,7,8.

Tim_Weiman

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Re: Tom Watson to lead extensive work on Ballybunionís Cashen Course
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2023, 03:05:34 AM »
Is Kevin the chap you hung with at St Pat's?

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Sean,


Yes. Iíve known Kevin since my first trip to Ballybunion in the late 1980s.
Tim Weiman

Tim_Weiman

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Re: Tom Watson to lead extensive work on Ballybunionís Cashen Course
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2023, 03:07:14 AM »
Graham Webster is the architect (not Maxwell). He oversaw the work on Ballybunion Old course a few years ago, as well as being responsible for the changes to Tralee 6,7,8.
Ally,


Correct. I got the last name wrong.
Tim Weiman

Ben Stephens

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Re: Tom Watson to lead extensive work on Ballybunionís Cashen Course
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2023, 10:24:10 AM »
Graham Webster is the architect (not Maxwell). He oversaw the work on Ballybunion Old course a few years ago, as well as being responsible for the changes to Tralee 6,7,8.
Ally,


Correct. I got the last name wrong.


Didn't Brian Phillips work with Graeme Webster under Niblick Golf Design banner

Marty Bonnar

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Re: Tom Watson to lead extensive work on Ballybunionís Cashen Course
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2023, 11:24:57 AM »
Graham Webster is the architect (not Maxwell). He oversaw the work on Ballybunion Old course a few years ago, as well as being responsible for the changes to Tralee 6,7,8.
Ally,


Correct. I got the last name wrong.


Didn't Brian Phillips work with Graeme Webster under Niblick Golf Design banner


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Thomas Dai

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Re: Tom Watson to lead extensive work on Ballybunionís Cashen Course
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2023, 11:29:28 AM »
Not the easiest walk but many a cracking hole. Hope the revamp doesnít result in the loss of the courses quirkiness.
Atb


Tim_Weiman

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Re: Tom Watson to lead extensive work on Ballybunionís Cashen Course
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2023, 12:29:13 PM »
Not the easiest walk but many a cracking hole. Hope the revamp doesnít result in the loss of the courses quirkiness.
Atb
Thomas,


To some extent that has already happened with the gradual softening over the years.
Tim Weiman

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