Doonbeg Links Highlights
The links at Trump Doonbeg in Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland has undergone an amazing renaissance under the Trump family’s ownership. Whereas the course was literally falling into the ocean when they purchased it, it has been transformed into one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable links golf courses to be found anywhere in the world. Very little was left intact from the original design, one that was dramatic and challenging but a bit controversial. The result today is a course that is memorable and playable from start to finish with some of the most incredible sea views to be found in Ireland particularly on the 6th, 9th, 14th, and 18th holes, with 18 being one of the great finishing holes anywhere in the world.
Doonbeg Links occupies such an incredible piece of property that original designer Greg Norman couldn’t believe an opportunity to build a links course of this caliber still existed! Years ago, the property was actually the first choice of the Black Watch regiment, founders of Lahinch Golf Club, but they chose Lahinch instead because of its proximity to the West Clare Railway. As they say at Doonbeg, their time was simply delayed for another 100 years. The links at Doonbeg does not disappoint, especially with architect Martin Hawtree’s mark now clearly stamped on the layout. Having delivered an amazing and unforgettable links, he is justifiably proud of his work. A very old-fashioned course that looks as if it’s been there forever, it is simply unforgettable, and the crescent beach and towering dunescape has achieved instant widespread recognition and fame in the golf world. If we had to pick one highlight, it would be the 14th which offers one of the great par-3 vistas in Ireland, a short and fun par-3 down the hill with a magnificent view beyond towards the incredible 5-star hotel, with the waves crashing to the right and behind the green.
The magnificent 5-star hotel serves to make the entire experience that much greater! The welcome guests receive is second to none as is the level of luxury, and a traditional Irish welcome and atmosphere can be felt throughout the entire resort. Convenient to Shannon Airport, a visit to Trump International Hotel and Golf Links at Doonbeg will be a highlight of any trip to Ireland!
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