Trump International Golf Links Ireland

3.9000000000 3.9 stars from 5 (10)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6885 yards
  • Layout

  • Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland
  • +353 (0) 65 905 5601
  • +353 (0) 65 905 5247
  • trumpgolfireland.com
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Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Greg Norman (2002)
Type: Resort
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Dress code: Proper golf attire.

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6885 yards 0.0 0
White 72 6407 yards 0.0 0
Red 72 5894 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 10 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
4
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

6 out of 10 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort   Challenges include bunkers  

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"Great layout and service...."


fredcloss's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

They layout is outstanding and you will not find better service ANYWHERE. If you need or want it, they will do it if they can. The turf is excellent, the greens are new and growing, so they are a bit slow. My only knock is the course has the "love grass" too dominant and too close to play. Also, the "love grass" shouldn't surround the bunkers that must be challenged from the tee.. Unless you are an excellent driver of the ball, this course will frustrate you. Personally, I'd make the course a little more playable for the amateurs that dominate their clientele.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Needs Work Donald"


IAN1196853's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2015
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

It was up to Donald to follow up after Ballybunion with Trump International Doonbeg our penultimate course. From a set up point of view it's all you can ask for with a beautiful clubhouse, first class service and a location to die for.

However, if you are taking the big dollars for golf then you have to deliver for the people paying. Don't get me wrong, Doonbeg is a very strong golf club but they let themselves down in several ways.

Firstly, apparently they have recently relaid up to eight greens which is all very well but if you have to leave the grass on them to the extent that you almost cannot hit the ball hard enough to get it to the hole, tell your upcoming patrons in advance. The green speed was simply unacceptable

No course guides available for purchase and no hole guides on the tee is also not good enough. Particularly with some of the hidden trouble and blind shots. It smacks of forcing groups to pay over the top caddy fees and gratuities rather than providing basic services one expects.

The course itself is strong as I said before and opens with a very good par 5 with the green set back in a huge dune. As with a lot of these courses the par 3's are a feature with a couple of tough long ones and a couple of excellent shorter ones.

Don't get conned into thinking this is a true links test. The fairways are not of the fast running variety, rather they are lush and maintained within an inch of their life. Great to walk on and play off but not what you expect with a links layout.

It is a tough test of golf with anything wide off the tee punished severely. The grass in the rough grabs any club hit half heartedly without the conviction needed and is punished accordingly.

Donald, you can do better.


Player Tip: Ask whether the course is in A1 condition, no recently renovated or cored greens, any remodelling work underway.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Changes ongoing at Trump Ireland"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

I can't give Trump Ireland five stars just yet. I need to see the final tweaks made by architect Martin Hawtree before I bestow such lofty praise. Doonbeg - I'll always call the original Greg Norman course that - sits in a five-star setting with five-star accommodations. Unfortunately, two of my favorite things about the old layout are gone. The old signature par-3 14th hole was washed away by a severe winter storm. The replacement par 3 still has the same great view of the beach and the lodge - actually it is probably better - but the hole is a little less of a talking point. Hawtree also removed the bunker in the middle of the 12th green, which was the only thing of interest on an otherwise straightforward par 4. He built a new green on the par-5 fourth hole and had to reconfigure several other coastal holes damaged by the storm (nos. 5-6-9-18 in particular). He's scheduled to update several other original holes in the next year or so to put his final stamp on the place. Doonbeg's already really good. Can he take it to the next step?


Player Tip: Hawtree's new greens need time to mature. They'll putt slow, sometimes painfully so, until they do.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not worth the price"


Lorne3974340's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

It is an absolute beautiful setting. The greens were in great condition but very very slow. There was a temporary green in use and one hole closed. The hole that was used (17b) was in terrible condition. Not very good value for the money. We were told that the course is under reconstruction, only after we arrived on the first tee with the starter. There are many more options in the area to enjoy. I spoke to the pro afterwards and received a discount. This course is not worth the cost even with the discount we received. Certainly expected more from a Trump course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Overrated"


mikemcgreevy1's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

Have played many courses in Ireland lahinch ballybunion trailee course even when finished wont touch them got serious attitude from a guy working on course for walking up a closed fairway to look at one of the few views that were out there. This course is not that close to the ocean like other great Irish ones don't waste your time just because it's a trump property.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Superb"


01gooseman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golfnow the way forward. Found a great deal and wanted to play a top class west coast links course!! I found it in doonbeg..awesome course, fairways like carpet altho greens caught me by surprise for a links as seemed slow but in very good condition. Views best I have come across and I've played north Cornwall and north Devon links courses!!!! It was a massive highlight for me to be able to play this course and realistically made possible by a superb deal on golf now..happy days! For info never played to my 13 handicap as wind was blowing in classic links style lol


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"soggy fun"


boneowens's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played in 30MPH winds and monsoon like rain, so hard to give objective review on the course itself. Mt caddy was great as was the staff. I had always wondered what playing a high dollar course was like, and one thing I learned was that they treat you like your are special as soon as you walk in the door. The guys in the club house, caddy room, on the range were all great.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"More change is coming to Trump Ireland"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2013
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I haven't played the old Doonbeg since a Writer's Cup tournament in 2010. Much has changed since then. Donald Trump now owns the resort and a course battered by winter storms has seen tweaks on four coastal holes, Nos. 5-6 and 9 and 14. Martin Hawtree has helped the links become playable again by creating several new greens and a completely new par 3 at no. 14 to replace the old signature hole. More changes are coming. I've played the course probably 5-6 times over the years, and once I got the blind shots out of the way after the first round, I've always loved it. It's more scenic than Lahinch and the hospitality in the lodge and clubhouse are over-the-top fantastic. I can't wait to see if Hawtree can make the routing even more dynamic with new dunes in play. It could shoot up the top 100 charts. That's how special the setting is.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Doonbeg Brilliance"


Thomas9595477's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/22/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was awesome. Views from the course are spectacular. I would recommend staying at the lodge. Also the food is wonderful at both restaurants.

I would recommend getting a caddie for the first time visitor. Knowing the course and some help tracking and finding any ball that strays off the fairway will certainly be welcome.

A great experience and I'll definitely be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Phenomenal stay-and-play in Ireland"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2013
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Doonbeg is undeniably one of the best stay-and-play options in GB & I. The lodge is spacious and exquisitely appointed with large rooms and particularly caters to groups. The links is a modern complement to the historic links nearby like Lahinch. Some holes that play within the dunes are some of the most spectacular links holes in existence.


Player Tip: Bring a caddy along on your first loop, there are definitely a few points they'll be needed (like the bunker in the middle of the green).

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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