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With The Open already booked at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, the European Tour moved the Irish Open south to the Lahinch Golf Club, where the historic links will host for the first time.
The Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club -- a historic links in County Clare, Ireland -- boasts quirky charms and beautiful surroundings. Initially designed by Old Tom Morris, it takes blind shots to a whole new level.
The old Doonbeg is almost gone, but the new Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg will emerge next spring when Martin Hawtree's finishing touches debut. What won't change is that magical setting in southwest Ireland.
Lahinch, Ballybunion and Waterville elevate southwest Ireland into one of the most sought-after links golf destinations in the world.
Tour operators who sell golf packages in Ireland said Donald Trump has received a warm Irish welcome since buying the Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare in February for a reported 15 million euros. But will it last? Trump does have some turf wars potentially looming against another wind farm and supporters of the rare snail that derailed Greg Norman's original vision at Doonbeg. However, most tour operators seem to agree Trump's high-profile name and proven track record will be a good fit.
County Clare Golf CoursesThe Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club, located on the southwest coast of Ireland, has undergone a number of improvements and alterations over the years. Old Tom Morris and Alister MacKenzie are among the famous course designers who have put their touch on the Old Course at Lahinch, which is especially treacherous when the wind blows, Clive Agran writes.Doonbeg Golf Club has matured into one of the world's greatest links courses since opening in 2002, but that's not the only reason to visit Doonbeg. Combined with the resort, named 2010 European Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, this might be the best combination of links golf and on-site accommodations in the world. Doonbeg has the ability to make you feel at home, even when you're an ocean away.