Doonbeg Trump: Well the expectation was unavoidably well hyped and with a US president as owner we had to dampen our anticipation in case we lost the run of ourselves altogether and could end up bitterly disappointed in light of past reviews which have (like the Irish weather) varied enormously. Greg Norman designed this course with five par threes, five par fives and some derivable par fours although original comments we heard were that only ‘The Shark’ could enjoy this unforgiving beast whilst a good design should allow each player to enjoy their day out at their level of skill. Be assured the Martin Hawtree revamp has actually achieved this objective. The bunker in the ‘middle-of-the-green-caper’ is gone.
The variety of shot selection from any of the choice of five tee boxes is unmatched in Ireland >> I know that is saying something considered. We played this course on a nice summer’s day with an off shore wind and had a wonderful golfing experience. The views were stunning from so many holes. The design and layout is good and winds the golfer through and around protected dunes cleverly swapping the inland holes which are plain enough with the ocean views comprising of traditional links nine out and nine back. You will enjoy the derivable par fours and the five par threes particularly the short 126 yarder 14th from on high.
The opening hole is a stunning par five into a theater of dunes 534 yards away and ‘all’ your shots can be viewed from the clubhouse patio and first tee -- from there outwards it gets better. We used a lot of superlatives to describe to our friends how good this course is.
Very deserving of the ranking of # 15 in Ireland and I will be amazed if it does not creep into the top ten links in Ireland if they sort out the slow greens. Possibly could get into the top five if they improve on their current high standards....
Definitely worth the trip and the green fee>> now on replay list - - 8½ out of 10. Lost 1½ points for dreadfully slow greens which need sorting.
3 May 2017 pd
Date: May 05, 2017