Trump International Golf Links - Ireland - Clare - Ireland

Trump International Golf Links,
Ireland,
Doonbeg,
Co.Clare,
Ireland


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  • 40 miles W of Shannon Airport

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The name Doonbeg is derived from 'Dun Beag', which roughly translated means small fort. So it's no surprise that this pretty seaside village grew up beside a castle, which was built in the 16th century for the Earl of Thomond. You'll find Doonbeg 40 minutes or so due west of Shannon airport. Just keep going until you reach the Atlantic. You can't miss the golf course _ just look out for the mountainous dunes and keep your eyes peeled and somewhere around these spectacular 100ft high sandhills, you might get a glimpse of the Great White Shark. Because this is the course that Greg Norman built - his one and only architectural ensemble in the whole of the British Isles.

Apparently Norman made 23 visits to this amazing piece of links-land, which curves and tumbles for a mile and a half around the crescent-shaped Doughmore Bay. "When I first looked at this site, I thought I was the luckiest designer in the world," Norman said. "If I spent the rest of my life building courses, I don't think I'd find a comparable site anywhere." Norman's design is totally in tune with nature - 14 greens and 12 fairways were simply mown - not much earth moved for Greg here at Doonbeg. The look and feel of the layout is old-fashioned and the routing follows an out-and-back style, synonymous with traditional links architecture. Not bad for a course which opened on July 9, 2002, marked by an exhibition match between Padraig Harrington and the Great White Shark. Norman won 2 & 1.

According to legend, officers of the Scottish Black Watch Regiment planned to turn these dunes into a golf course in the early 1890s, but they settled on Lahinch because it's located closer to the railway station. When Norman got his hands on this land a century or so later, he said: "I'm not going to Americanise this golf course - not one single foreign blade of grass". Norman remained true to his word, but the club is American-owned and their membership philosophy is that Doonbeg is the ultimate home club for the discriminating international golfer. Ah well, at least Doonbeg is open for green fees and it's also open for local residents.

The layout is unusual in that it has a combination of five par 3s and five par 5s - the par 72 course measures 6,885 yards from the back tees. The signature hole is probably the 14th, a par three and one of the most sensational short holes in Ireland, although there are many memorable holes on this remarkable course. The 14th measures a mere 111 yards, but hitting the green is easier said than done because there are numerous distractions... the Atlantic stretches out beyond the green and the wind will dictate your club selection. Expect to take anything from a sand wedge to a 3 iron and hope for the best.

The Doonbeg project is believed to be the largest single investment in this part of Ireland and this amazing golf course has a magnetic appeal for thousands of golfers. Doonbeg is a priceless jewel between Lahinch and Ballybunion and one that simply must be played.

In February 2014, US property tycoon Donald Trump bought the Doonbeg property in a deal said to be worth €15 million. The facility was renamed Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Ireland and the course was redesigned over a two-year period under the architectural stewardship of Martin Hawtree at a reputed cost of €5 million.

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Description: Doonbeg is the course that Greg Norman built, but it was redesigned by Martin Hawtree over a two-year period after the property was acquired in 2014 by Donald Trump and renamed Trump International Golf Links. Rating: 7.8 out of 10 Reviews: 35
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Cédric
As planned, back in Doonbeg almost exactly a year later. Greens and fairways in immaculate condition. Great welcome and service. What a pity they are building this huge complex!
June 15, 2005
8 / 10
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Shaun
Fantastic golf course up there with the traditional greats. To be picky the Par four 12th is a very average hole.
June 08, 2005
8 / 10
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Cédric
Great hospitality, which definitely has to be noted for what is going to become a huge American business machine! Really high-class: you are taken by buggy to the practice ground where logoed balls are waiting for you to dispose of…and the course itself is tremendous...no need to say more than what is already described. By the way, I am going back there in June!!
February 18, 2005
10 / 10
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Steve Smith
Having played all but a couple of the links courses in the UK & Ireland, I have a fair number of courses to make comparison.Doonbeg is right up with the leaders - a stunning start, some classic holes. A cliche but a must for everyone who loves the links course.
December 02, 2004
10 / 10
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Alastair Chrystal
8 of us played this incredibly challenging course. Myself- VC the 1st (self resigned) FA, SA, Grandpappy, B.O.B., BWB, VC the 41st and Shona. We payed on a very wet, windy day in 2003. First impressions were one of very expensive but it soon became clear that Greg Norman knew what he was doing. Great layout with some wonderful holes - the 1st and 14th come immediately to mind. 14th 111 yrds off the back tees - 8 tee shots, no-one hit the green. Overall a great course with some great holes. Bit pricey but very friendly. The price of memorabilia in the clubhouse will make you hyperventilate.Overall though, very good.
October 27, 2004
8 / 10
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