Donegal Golf Club
The course at Donegal Golf Club was designed using Muirfield as a blueprint with its two circuits of golf as its model. Designed by the legendary golf course architect Eddie Hackett the club officially opened the links for play in 1973. The club had an instant impact on the Irish golfing scene with Pat Ruddy writing in 1974 "here is one of Ireland's finest golf courses in the making and must be visited". Pat would later oversee the remodel of the course and he continues to lend his expertise to the club. Located just a 15-minute drive from Donegal Town on the Murvagh Peninsula the golf course lies in South Donegal making it very accessible and an ideal location for a trip to Ireland's North West.
The course itself is quite long at over 7,400 yards from the championship tees making it one of the longer courses in Ireland. The par of 73 consists of 5 par-5's, 4 par-3's, and 9 par-4's making it an unusual setup for a traditional links course in Ireland. The front 9 plays counter-clockwise along the ocean and dunes providing spectacular views of the surrounding areas including Donegal Bay. The back 9 is played clockwise and is contained within the holes of the front 9 meaning it is far less exposed but the ever-changing sea breeze on the back 9 will keep golfers of all levels on their toes. Donegal Golf Club is an astounding links course that will challenge golfers of all abilities.
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...one of my favourite courses in the world.
Here is one of Ireland's finest golf courses in the making and must be visited.