DOZENS of golf fans and members of the press waited in vain for hours for a glimpse of superstar Rory Mcilroy in Ballybunion on Saturday after the town's renowned golf club was caught out by an elaborate hoax.Young Mcilroy fans waited for hours at Ballybunion on Saturday morning just to catch a glimpse of the Northern Ireland superstar after word went out that he was coming to town. Some families had arrived to the course before 7.30am as an excited atmosphere took shape. Photographers, national journalists and crowds of people waited patiently for hours. However, disappointment began to set in among the group as it became apparent the golfing superstar was not coming. By mid-morning Mcilroy's many teed-off north Kerry fans gradually dispersed. Ballybunion was among four courses on the west coast stung by the same hoaxer. The club was contacted by a man claiming to be an agent for golfer Mark O'meara, asking if it would be possible for O'meara and Mcilroy to play a round together on the old course prior to attending the Heineken Cup Ulster/edinburgh match in Dublin. Ballybunion is no stranger to hosting some of the world's top golfers with the course among Tom Watson's favourite links. The Kerryman understands that the club took the caller at face value as he came across as very plausible and they made preparations accordingly. Extra caterers were called in for the morning and the course was spruced up to ensure it was in tip-top shape for the visiting star. "It was looking immaculate," photographer Dominic Walsh said. He was dispatched by The Examiner after the paper was contacted by Ballybunion Golf Club following the hoax call. "The saddest thing about it was the disappointment on the faces of his young fans. There was a lot of junior players there and you could see how excited they were by it all. Some had been waiting since 7.30am. There was a great buzz and everyone coming in was asking is he here yet?" "It became clear by 11.30am that he wasn't coming and everyone just kind of dispersed." Lahinch, Doonbeg and Adare Manor were the other courses reportedly stung by the hoaxer.