Doonbeg Golf Club officially opened in 2002, and was immediately designated as Golf Digest’s “Best New International Course.” In 2010 it held the prestigious title of European Golf Resort Of The Year which was awarded by the IAGTO.
Enjoying a breathtaking location matched with distinctive services and facilities, Doonbeg’s unique accommodations and close proximity to Shannon Airport make it one of the world’s most desirable golf destinations.
Two-time British Open champion Greg Norman is the course architect, selected for his incomparable design skill and his “least disturbance” philosophy of routing courses to fit existing terrains. Norman's layout follows a course designed by nature – 14 of Doonbeg’s greens and 12 of its fairways required no changes but a simple mowing of the grass. The fairways and greens consist of native grasses, including fine fescues, bentgrass, and ryegrass.
The par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back, playing 6,885 yards from the back tees. The speed and direction of the wind cause consistent variation in play – to allow for a range of conditions and abilities, most holes feature five or more tee locations. The most natural routing within the existing dunes resulted in an uncommon combination of five par 3’s and five par 5’s. With such unique attributes and stunning views of the Atlantic from 16 holes, it’s clear you’ll never play another course like it. All the while the comforts and services of one of the top luxury hotels in Clare await your return!