Doonbeg golf club Clare
Doonbeg Golf Course
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.
Doonbeg was voted the No. 19-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;
Doonbeg was voted the No. 36-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;
Doonbeg was voted the No. 12 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Doonbeg was voted the No. 34-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;
Doonbeg was voted the No. 12 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;
Doonbeg was voted the No. 29-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;
Doonbeg was voted the 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;
Golf Deals » Doonbeg
Stay "N" Play Doonbeg €355.00Offer valid from 01 May 2013 to 30 Sep 2013 Detail:
Stay 2-nights in luxury accommodation at the Lodge at Doonbeg, with breakfast each morning and play 2-rounds of golf on Greg Norman’s links creation all for just €355pps Sunday to Thursday.
Green Fees Midweek:
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H.||€80/120|
|Green Fees with a Member:||€70|
|Green Fees for Opens:||€65|
|Website||Doonbeg golf club website|
|General Manager:||Joe Russell|
|Lady Captain:||Liz Blake|
|Presidents':||Timmy Killeen & Ita Mangan|
|Hon. Secretary:||James Griffin & Elizabeth Willams|
|Head Club Pro.:||Brian Shaw|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Seanie Moloney & Helen Williams|
General Facts & Information
|Course opening hours: Daylight hours||Clubhouse opening hours: 7.30am to 10.00pm|
|Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse||Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim|
|Catering: Full catering, facilities||Days to Avoid: None (phone for booking)|
|Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends||Pre-booking for open Tournaments: 14 days in advance|
Doonbeg Golf Club Fixtures 2013 provisional*
|Lady President's Prize||Closed|
|Lady Captain's Prize||Closed|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Monday 4 March||Thursday 7 March||Open||4|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Tuesday 5 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Wednesday 6 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Thursday 7 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Monday 11 March||Thursday 14 March||Open||4|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Tuesday 12 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Wednesday 13 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Thursday 14 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Monday 18 March||Thursday 21 Maech||Open||4|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Tuesday 19 M arch||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Wednesday 20 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Thursday 21 Maech||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Monday 25 March||Thursday 28 March||Open||4|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Tuesday 26 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Wednesday 27 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Thursday 28 March||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Monday 1 April||Thursday 4 April||Open||4|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Tuesday 2 April||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Wednesday 3 April||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Thursday 4 April||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Monday 8 April||Thursday 11 April||Open||4|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Tuesday 9 April||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event (Q)||Wednesday 10 April||Open||1|
|4-Person Team Event Final||Thursday 11 April||Open||1|
|World Invitational Father & Daughter||Sunday 21 July||Wednesday 24 July||Open||4|
|World Invitational Father & Daughter||Monday 22 July||Open||1|
|World Invitational Father & Daughter||Tuesday 23 July||Open||1|
|World Invitational Father & Daughter||Wednesday 24 July||Open||1|
Men's Course Record: 67 Padraig Harrington & Paul McGinley
Ladies Course Record:
Card of the Course
|White||Par 72 SSS 71 6,361 yd's|
|Yellow||Par 72 SSS 69 5,675 yd's|
|Red||Par 72 SSS 67 4,801 yd's|
|Blue||Par 72 SSS 74 6,911 yd's|
Card of the course
History of Doonbeg
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.
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.
Roll of Honour
|Ita Mangan||2004||Ladies Captain|
|Charlie Darbey||2004||Men's Captain|
|Ita Mangan||2005||Ladies Captain|
|Charlie Darbey||2005||Men's Captain|
|Ita Mangan||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Charlie Darbey||2006||Men's Captain|
|Imelda Shanahan||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Francis McInerney||2007||Men's Captain|
|Imelda Shanahan||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Mary O'Sullivan||2008||Ladies President|
|Noel McMahon||2008||Men's Captain|
|Mary O'Sullivan||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Mary O'Sullivan||2009||Ladies President|
|James Griffin||2009||Men's Captain|
|Mary O'Sullivan||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Mary O'Sullivan||2010||Ladies President|
|Declan Conway||2010||Men's Captain|
|Mary O'Sullivan||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Mary O'Sullivan||2011||Ladies President|
|Kevin Hayes||2011||Men's Captain|
|Mary Arthur||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Ita Mangan||2012||Ladies President|
|Seamus Griffin||2012||Men's Captain|
|Liz Blake||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Ita Mangan||2013||Ladies President|
|Nigel Dillon||2013||Men's Captain|
|2013||Lowest Ladies H'cap|
|2013||Lowest Men's H'cap|