Architect: Norman 2006 position: 47 Stats: 6,361 yds; par 72; SSS 71 GF: €200 T: 00353 65 905 5600 W: doonbeggolfclub.com
Those who first had plans for a links in this neck of the County Clare woods in the late 19th century, turned this location down in favour of Lahinch for practical reasons.
They still chose wisely, but left Greg Norman licking his lips 100 years later when a fresh opportunity arose to build a links in the towering dunes overlooking Doughmore Bay.
And he delivered in style. The course kicks off with what some say is the best opening hole in golf to an amphitheatre green, then never lets up as it takes you on a spectacular rollercoaster ride for the next three or four hours. Sensational. JE
+ Mature beyond its years; glorious setting; first-class, friendly service - Bunker on the 12th green not to everyone’s taste; expensive high season
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Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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