I played here three days in a row,after playing Old head and K Club. I loved the experience of being amongst massive sand dunes. The tee boxes feel like your own little world most of the time. Tee boxes are often raised to make use of the spectacular views, as spectacular as Turnberry and you really feel the connection with the ocean here.
13th is great par 5 that you can reach in two, but the green is raised by about 50 foot with trouble all around. Then onto the short par 3 14th, which is like the short one at Pebble, ocean behind and and the green drops down below the tee considerably.
Played it in three different winds, 18th is great finishing hole, I hit three wood in the wind on the first day, 5 iron second day and 7 iron on the last. The tee shot has the ocean on the right, so will scare any slicers of the ball.
The greens weren't as slick as I'd like. They are amazing green complexes, with lots of slope, so maybe the green keeper was keeping them fairly slow and true to help the resort experience. Don't want too many 4 putts otherwise people won't come back.
Well worth the mission to Doonbeg, there is a nice restaurant in the local town too and loads of diddly dee pubs to keep you entertained.
Date: July 01, 2019