Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland

Address Doonbeg
Co. Clare
Telephone: + 353 65 905 5600
Public No:  
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http:/
Founded: 2002
Membership: 130
Green Fees Midweek: Jan/April €50 June/Sept €150
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: June/Sept Fri/Sun €180
Green Fees With a Member: N/A
Green Fees For Opens: N/A
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft spikes: Yes
Secretary/Manager: Joe Russell
Captain: Noel McMahon
Lady Captain: Imelda Shanahan
President:  Pat Hanrahan & Mary O'Sullivan
Vice-Captain: James Griffin
Hon. Secretary: James Griffin & Ann Whelan
Club Pro: Brian Shaw
Hon. Treasurer: Michael Carrig & Helen Williams
Designed by: Greg Norman
Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Clubhouse opening hours: 7.30am to 10.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering facilities
Days to Avoid: None (phone for booking)
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekend
Pre-booking for open tournaments: N/A



Course Description


Course Description:
 Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland

A luxury 5 star hotel and golf resort in County Clare, Ireland offering accommodations, an 18 hole golf course, a spa, and fine dining restaurants in Doonbeg. This luxury resort in Europe also offers wedding and event venues, as well as conference rooms and meeting facilities, vacation packages, and more.

Designed by the legendary Greg Norman at a cost of 28 million, Doonbeg was a long time a coming. Plagued by planning appeals involving the protection of the Vertigo Angustior a 2 mm snail a solution was found and eight years later the course opens on the 1st July 2002. One week later it plays host to the Palmer Cup, an annual International, match-play competition involving college golfers from the US against a team picked from the cream of Britain and Ireland.

Greg expects his creation to stage the Ryder Cup or the UBS Warburg Cup when the golf links becomes established and the right infrastructure is in place in 2004. Landmark National and Kiawah Development Partners are planning a new clubhouse, a five star, 90-room hotel and 46 cottages.Doonbeg has already been voted number two in the top 10 new golf courses in the world, by the "Sports Illustrated". We now look forward to another fine links on the West Coast of Ireland, in keeping with the other gems such as Waterville, Tralee, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Connemara, Carne, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, Donegal, Ballyliffin and others.

Doonbeg Golf Club was honoured by Golf Digest magazine as the "Best New International Course of 2002 and Golf World named it number 95 on its list of "the people, places and things that had the world of golf talking" in 2002.Voted the No. 29-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008.Doonbeg was voted No. 15 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.



Founded in 2004, Doonbeg was considered as an ideal setting for links golf as early as 1892 by officers of the Scottish Black Watch Regiment.Instead they selected Lahinch, which was more accessible. The Doonbeg Community Development Company began to promote the concept of a golf course at Doonbeg in the early 1990s.  Urged by that group, Shannon Development obtained purchase options for 377 acres of linksland from four farming families at Doonbeg. Doonbeg Golf Club Ltd., an Irish entity created by the partners of Kiawah Development Partners, acquired the options from Shannon Development and closed the sale in December 1999.

Construction of the golf course commenced December 7, 1999. Private investment in the golf course totalled around $25 million. This included course facilities, infrastructure (roads, water, sewer), and land costs (including legal and permitting), but does not take into account the accommodation or related amenities.  The project is supported in part by a 2.4 million in European Structural Funds. When complete with Lodge, Clubhouse, Spa, and Cottages the project will represent an overall investment of over 150 million.

Environmental Preservation.

Environmentally, the Doonbeg site contains two significant elements that have been meticulously protected: the grey dunes (the term applied to the oldest intact dunes) and an endangered snail, Vertigo angustior. The grey dunes at Doonbeg are designated as a candidate Special Area of Conservation by the Irish Heritage Service.  Under a management agreement between Doonbeg Golf Club and, those 51 acres of grey dunes are fenced off permanently for preservation and are not in play. The remainder of the site, including the course, is designated as a proposed Natural Heritage Area.

Vertigo angustior, a microscopic snail just 2 millimeters high and 1 millimeter wide, was discovered on the site during the developer's environmental impact assessment.  Like the grey dunes, it is listed for protection under the European Union's Habitats Directive.  After analysi by the leading Irish expert on Vertigo angustior, it was concluded that the snail can coexist both in the dunes and on the course.  A management plan carried out by the developer continuously monitors and protects the snail habitat. Kiawah Development Partners has won several significant awards for its environmental sensitivity at Kiawah Island.  These awards note the company's record for careful, conservative dune preservation and for integrating its golf courses with nature, both of which are of utmost priority at Doonbeg Golf Club.



Open & Major Fixtures 2011
See Event Calendar here.

Club History
Paste club history here

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Hole No Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 567 540 515 5 3 497 5 3
2 426 409 386 4 11 305 4 11
3 361 327 291 4 17 291 4 17
4 592 536 456 5 5 456 5 5
5 373 331 284 4 7 284 4 7
6 370 285 270 4 9 210 4 9
7 227 195 165 3 13 156 3 13
8 582 542 512 5 1 351 5 1
9 175 157 124 3 15 114 3 15
Out 3,673 3,322 3,003 37   2,421 37  
10 580 550 482 5 2 454 5 2
11 148 136 114 3 16 100 3 16
12 401 375 335 4 12 325 4 12
13 500 451 386 5 10 299 5 10
14 111 106 95 3 18 83 3 18
15 405 397 344 4 6 289 4 6
16 205 186 162 3 14 152 3 14
17 424 401 367 4 8 323 4 8
18 464 437 393 4 4 355 4 4
In 3,238 3,039 2,678 35   2,380 35  
Total 6,911 6,361 5,681 72   4,801 72  
SSS 74 71 69     67    

Roll of Honour
Ita Mangan 2004 Ladies Captain
Charlie Darbey 2004 Men's Captain
Pat Cotter 2004 President
Ita Mangan 2005 Ladies Captain
Charlie Darbey 2005 Men's Captain
Pat Cotter 2005 President
Ita Mangan 2006 Ladies Captain
Charlie Darbey 2006 Men's Captain
Pat Cotter 2006 President
Imelda Shanahan 2007 Ladies Captain
Francis McInerney 2007 Men's Captain
Pat Hanrahan 2007 President


Top Quality Hotels Guest Houses
Falls Hotel Links Lodge
Vaughan Lodge Morrissey's Guesthouse Doonbeg
Burkes Armada Hotel Dough Mor Lodge
Cliffs of Moher Hotel Ballyvara House
Atlantic Hotel Moy House
Bellbridge House Hotel Greenbrier Inn Guesthouse
Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel Golf Guest House
Ballinalacken Castle House Hotel & Restaurant Cullinan's Seafood Restaurant & Guesthouse
Dromoland Castle Kilkee Thalasso Therapy Centre & Guesthouse
Magowna House Hotel Gregan's Castle & Restaurant
Temple Gate Hotel Mulcarr House
Manor West Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club  
Logue's Liscannor Hotel  
Aran View House Hotel  
Bed & Breakfast Self-Catering
Nolan's B & B Strandline Holiday Homes
Bayview An Chuileann House
Hillcrest View Golf Guest House
Ballyvara House  
Restaurants 19th Hole
The Black Oak Restaurant Morrissey's Bar & Restaurant
Gregan's Castle & Restaurant Tubridy's Bar
Ballinalacken Castle House Hotel & Restaurant Crotty's Pub & Guesthouse
Cullinan's Seafood Restaurant & Guesthouse The Creamery
Gallagher's of Bunratty Joseph McHugh's
Morrissey's Bar & Restaurant Cornerstone Bar
Knox's Restaurant  
The Creamery  
Sean O'Connor's Restaurant  
The Harbour Restaurant  

© Golfing Ireland