In 2014, Donald Trump purchased the course and implemented a redesign program. The Trump Organisation envisioned a truly great links course, and brought in one of golf's best-respected designers, Dr Martin Hawtree, to help them achieve it. In 2016 the re-named, redesigned golfing resort opened its magnificent 18 holes to the public for the first time and the rest, as they say, is history. Trump Doonbeg was recently named ‘The Number 1 Golfing Resort in Europe’ by Conde NastTraveler and a ‘World’s Best’ by Travel and Leisure.
Play Trump Intl Golf Links - Doonbeg to experience a marvellous, relatively new golfing challenge. Beautiful natural landscape has been disrupted as little as possible and the result is quite magnificent: a first-rate links course offering stunning views of the Atlantic from sixteen of its 18 holes. Playing golf at Trump International Ireland delivers a memorable experience, not only from the course itself but from the luxurious 5* amenities that surround it in the form of a spa and fine-dining restaurant. The par-72 layout features one great loop of nine holes out and nine back, representing a worthy challenge for golfers of all abilities.
About Trump Intl golf club – Brief history
- Locals played golf here informally as far back as 1892
- The Scottish Black Watch Regiment considered Doonbeg the perfect setting for links golf
- In the early 1990s, the Doonbeg Community Development Company proposed a course on the site and Shannon Development bought 377 acres of links from 4 local farming families to build the course
- The original course, Doonbeg, opened on 9th July 2002
- The Trump Organisation took over in 2014
- The newly redesigned course opened for play in 2016 and was renamed Trump International Golf Links Ireland - Doonbeg
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Featured hole – Hole 18
The 18th is a fabulously picturesque 432 yard Par 4, which bends right before curling left as you approach the green. There's a sandy beach just fifteen feet below the fairway, then nothing but endless miles of roaring Atlantic Ocean. If you can finish your drive from the back tee in less than 300 yards you should avoid a couple of tricky fairway bunkers to the left of the hole. If you move up one tee box they're within reach on a 260 yard poke. A picturesque setting makes the hole even more special – it’s a marvellous end to a splendid game.
Known for its splendid opening hole and excellent par-3s
Doonbeg provides one of the very best opening holes in Ireland, a Par-5 that kicks off on a beautiful green set in a natural amphitheatre of dunes covered with tough marram grass. There's also a strong collection of par threes, the best of which is the 138 yard 14th. This is the most scenic hole on the course, bunkerless and best played from an elevated tee to the green 15 feet below. Some experts say it's one of the best par-3s in south west Ireland, which is high praise indeed considering the calibre of courses on offer there.
Trump Intl golfing vacations
Would you like to play the Trump Intl Golf Links Ireland course at Doonbeg for yourself? At The Experience St Andrews we have years of experience and expertise in crafting the perfect golf breaks for enthusiasts from all over the world. Our golf packages can be fully customised to ensure you have the golf trip of a lifetime. Contact us to find out more or make a booking.
Featured Trump Intl Ireland Golf Package:
South West 7 Nights 5* Programme: The South West coast of Ireland enjoys a reputation as one of the best golfing destinations in the world and our Irish golf breaks are designed to highlight the very best of the region. Our Trump Intl Ireland golf vacation includes 6 superlative rounds of golf on world-famous courses, including Trump Intl Doonbeg, Lahinch Old, Ballybunion Old, Old Head and more. The 5* Trump International Golf Links & Hotel plays host for 2 nights of your stay, with the remaining 5 spent at the 5* Killarney Park Hotel Hotel in a deluxe room. Set yourself up for the day ahead with a full Irish Breakfast each morning, and enjoy an evening meal at Killarney Park on one evening of your stay. Meet and Greet, return airport transfers - as well as transfers to and from the golf courses each day - are all included as standard. Discover more >