Magnificent view from the first tee...
This was the second time I played Doonbeg and, once again, I really enjoyed the experience. The magnificent view from the first tee where the entire par 5 hole sweeps out in front of you is a sign of the quality to come. Unfortunately the loss of the signature par 3 (14th hole) and the shortening of the previously terrific par 4 (5th hole) due to recent storm damage has taken some of the shine away when compared to my last outing at Doonbeg. Of course, I accept that this was beyond the course's control but nevertheless, the changes in place (temporary I believe while plans for the future are cemented) do lessen the "wow" factor of these holes. If these holes could be re-instated in their previous form, Doonbeg would probably merit its fifth star.
Beautifully secluded on the edge of nowhere...
The opening hole really gets the blood pumping...
Beautifully secluded on the edge of nowhere. Spectacular first hole followed by a series of demanding and lovely links holes which make for an enjoyable and testing round of golf. The staff are very welcoming and we were very well looked after, also by Eoin, our caddy for the day.
There are lots of interesting features on the course, including the bunker in the middle of the 12th green which, of course, I went into! Unfortunately the iconic 14th has slid into the ocean and because of this, as well as another new hole and green, I'd currently (I have played the course before the storm damage took its toll) give the course six out of ten...the facilities and staff however are still of the highest order.
With the storm damaged course in mind, Hopefully it'll be Mr Trump to the rescue!
An excellent base for our Irish golf tour...
The experience at Doonbeg (now Trump International Ireland)
starts long before you’ve made it to the 1st tee, with 5* hospitality
forthcoming from the moment you step out of your car. After a friendly welcome
and perhaps a mooch around the amazing clubhouse, the opening hole really gets
the blood pumping and really sets the tone for the rest of the course.
This long par 5 plays down the coastline to a green surrounded
my mountainous dunes and it can be both an early scoring opportunity for the
longer hitter, as well as a real test to save par should the tee shot or
approach get out of position.
Each hole at Doonbeg is unique and offers its own challenge,
whether it be threading a well measured drive down a narrow fairway, or judging
a tricky approach into a raised green surrounded by runoff areas and massive
dunes. Like many of the courses down here, the best holes on this course are
among the dunes closer to the shore, where the drastic elevation changes really
come into play. These holes boast plenty of spectacular views and are really
Unfortunately some of the most spectacular holes, including
the iconic par 3 14th, were destroyed by a huge storm so some of the
course is currently being restored to its former glory but the overall test is
still a hugely enjoyable one.
The condition of the course is fantastic, the challenge is
an enjoyable one and there are plenty of memorable holes and views to be enjoyed
throughout your round. Have the camera ready on the 18th tee and
should you find the centre of the 12th, don’t be too quick to reach
for the putter...you may have found the bunker in the middle of the green!
After your round, it’s well worth spending some time in and
around the clubhouse which is one of the most impressive in the region.
I could write pages of rave review...
The Doonbeg Golf Hotel was an excellent choice as a base for our Irish golf tour. The 4 bedroom cottages are ideal for groups and were extremely comfortable and very well equipped. The two restaurants there are also really good. In addition there is a pub called Morrissey's in Doonbeg village which is very good for dinner and a bit of craic!
As regards golf courses the group verdict was that Tralee, Waterville and the Old Head were outstanding and should never be missed - 9.5 out of 10 for each. Lahinch was 9 out of 10. The courses at Ballybunion were spoilt by the surly and unprofessional caddies. If you can out without a caddie do it! The caddies at the other courses were excellent, so it is difficult to understand why Ballybunion finds itself the odd man out. The tee timings were good, and the conclusion of all of us was that it was a very well organised trip. My intention would be to try to organise another visit to the area in the future, in the hope that we might hit a period which was a little less windy than we experienced!
All in all this was a great golf tour and we would recommend South West Ireland to any keen golfers out there who aren’t afraid of a little wind!
Just back from our weekend in Doonbeg - I could write pages of rave review but suffice to say that we had an awesome stay. The accommodation was first rate, the staff were incredibly warm and friendly and the golf course provided a fantastic challenge. All the arrangements worked perfectly despite my initial anxiety! I suspect that you will have some more business from our group of friends who were all incredibly impressed and we are all keen to return and complete the experience (in particular the signature par 3 14th). Many thanks again for your help and looking forward to organising more trips,