Donegal Golf Club

The Muirfield of Ireland calls 2011 Open Champion, Darren Clarke, a member.

Donegal Golf Club

County Donegal, F94 H725, Ireland


Donegal Golf Club, or Murvagh, has been called the Muirfield of Ireland. The common denominator between great links golf courses is the inner and outer loops.

The Donegal Golf Club's location is a promontory surrounded by water. As such, there is no housing, commercial or industrial development, or roads nearby. This is an oasis of pure golf.

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Donegal Golf Club is located on the 182 acres of the Murvagh peninsula with a backdrop provided by the Bluestack Mountains. A forest is found to the south and is driven through to arrive at the clubhouse. The Murvagh Beach and the Atlantic Ocean are found on the west side of the course. The River Esk estuary is found to the north and east with Ballyboyle and Rooney’s Islands visible from the course looking towards Donegal.

Donegal Golf Club or Murvagh

Donegal Golf Club is also known as Murvagh. Aptly named, it means either an area by the sea or a low-lying land surrounded by sea in Irish Gaelic. The small promontory is home to several distinct areas: the high shoreside dunes, the inland dune area, and lastly the lower peaty area where holes 4, 12, and 14 are to be found.

Donegal Golf Club Synopsis

Donegal Golf Club was designed originally by Eddie Hackett and was opened for play in 1973. Pat Ruddy has since developed and evolved the course that exists today. The course is a behemoth! Measuring over 7400 yards – it is one of the longest in Europe. Consisting of five par 5’s, four par 3’s, and the balance of the two-shot variety, it is a par 73. The practice facilities are superb. There is a driving range with 3 hole short course in addition to a nine-hole putting course.

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Featured Architect: MacKenzie, Alister

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...

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  • Ruddy, Patrick
  • Hackett, Eddie


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County Donegal, F94 H725, Ireland
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