Trump Ireland (Doonbeg)

Trump Ireland (Doonbeg)

Trump Ireland (Doonbeg) Golf Club

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Trump Ireland Golf Links, affectionately known as 'Doonbeg' from a former life, has been through a lot in its 25-year history.

Storms ravaged this part of the world through the winter of 2013/2014, with parts of the original Greg Norman course being lost to the sea. Thanks to the ownership of Donald Trump, and the craft of Martin Hawtree, the course was brought back to its former glory following those storms.

Hawtree was the man behind Trump International and he did not change too much from the original Greg Norman design at Doonbeg. The changes are, in the main, subtle and in many cases hard to put your finger on, even for the studiously observant.

Situated on the western tip of the Republic of Ireland, and looking out over Doughmore Beach and Doughmore Bay, Doonbeg firmly remains one of the greats of the Republic.

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A Brief History of Trump Ireland (Doonbeg) Golf Club

Despite the area having been considered as an ideal location for a golf course for more than a century, it was only in 1999 when the Doonbeg Golf Club Ltd became real.

Construction of the golf course began just prior to the turn of the millennium, with Australian Greg Norman being the man to design the 18-hole lay-out. He would play in the match that opened the golf course in 2002, beating Padraig Harrington 2 to 1.

Storms hit the western coast of the Republic of Ireland throughout the 2013/14 winter season, with the original 14th hole succumbing to the conditions. In February 2014, the Trump Organisation acquired the property.

It was renamed Trump Ireland Golf Links Doonbeg, and Martin Hawtree was brought in to return the course to its former glory. Much of Norman's original design remains to this day, but Hawtree's masterful touch has pushed Trump Ireland into the upper echelons of golfing experiences in the isle of Ireland.

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The golf experience is not dissimilar to Kingsbarns – it is a spectacular, fun layout, on an amazing piece of land. It gives a lot of chances, it flatters and it makes sure you have a good day. Risk-and-reward par 4s abound on the front nine.

We played from the Gold tees and at least three of the par 4s were drivable on a half which also offers three 5s and  a pair of 3s – so  even for the weak of mind or muscle only one hole leaves you fishing for anything more than a short iron for your approach. And that is a good thing. You are here for a good time, to enjoy the golf course, not be beaten up by it, and ideally to start planning your trip back as soon as possible.

The back half is much the same with only two of the par 4s over 400 yards, a couple of scoreable par 5s, and three short holes (two of which play downhill). The routing is very similar to that of Lahinch, its near neighbour. You broadly play out along the coastline, play an exceptional par 5 at the far end, and then head back largely on the inland side of the dune.

Doonbeg deals with this through clever angles and intelligent shaping. Your eye is drawn towards the dune system and away from the unspectacular farm land that flanks the course. Quietly, it is not quite the same as the other Irish dune-scape monsters. It is somehow subtler. 

The greens shed to friendly little hollows, not inescapable pot bunkers, the dunes provide a backdrop and are not really part of the challenge, and the tees of the day give everyone a chance of a round that is under four hours and under handicap.
People say the 1st hole and the 1st tee shot are as good as it gets. People are, for once, correct. A huge dune forms the backdrop to the green and provides a sense of theatre to this grandest of openers. The fairway is wide and a good tee shot and favourable wind mean many will have a chance to reach in two. 

In many ways it sums up Trump Ireland - it looks amazing, it appears impossible, but played well it will yield good scores and make you want to return to what is undoubtedly one of the top 100 UK golf courses.

What are the Trump Doonbeg green fees?

Green fees at Trump Ireland (Doonbeg) are between €50.00 - €375.00 depending on the season of your booking.

Does Trump Ireland (Doonbeg) have a driving range?

Yes, the driving range at Trump Ireland is over 300 yards with hitting areas at either side and seven target greens at differing distances from the hitting areas.

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