Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg
The Trump Doonbeg website proudly states that "subtlety is not our strength." With towering dunes and wild ocean views on 16 of the 18 holes, we cannot disagree!
The golf links hotel is world-class. Luxurious living areas and bedroom suites are typical of Trump's properties and Doonbeg's are no different.
Golf Course Review
Doonbeg, of Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg, is an easy drive from both Lahinch and Ballybunion. The links are laid out on a crescent-shaped beach and amongst the world-famous west of Ireland sand dunes. With views of the Atlantic Ocean 16 of 18 holes, the Creegh River creates a natural boundary along with Doughmore Beach.
Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg History
Doonbeg was originally designed by Greg Norman. In the early 1990s, 377 acres of links-land was purchased from four local farmers with construction beginning in December 1999. The links opened in July 2002 with a match between Greg Norman and Padraig Harrington. In February 2014, the Trump Organization purchased Doonbeg and renamed the course Trump International Golf Links.
After taking ownership, Martin Hawtree was called upon to make changes and revitalize the links by enhancing their playability. Grass paths were installed and the coastal holes were tweaked because of issues with erosion. Holes 5, 6, 9, and 14 were reimagined and the rest of the holes were altered in some way. What is left is a Greg Norman routing with a Martin Hawtree’s touch.
Doonbeg and the Whorl Snail
Some question why the course doesn’t always make the most of the linksland on offer. The answer is Vertigo Angustior, a small endangered snail whose native habitat lies adjacent to the links. The tiny creature with a big impact is better known as the Narrow-mouthed Whorl Snail.
Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg - Videos
Watch No Laying Up's Doonbeg Course review
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Hidden Links review of Doonbeg Golf Club
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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie
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...