Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg: Course Review, Green Fees, Tee Times and Key Info

Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg is a striking layout set amidst towering dunes. A fabulous modern links in a beautiful location.

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The 15th at Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg
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Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg Key Information

Top 100 Courses UK & Ireland 2023/24

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AddressDoonbeg, Co. Clare, Ireland
Phone Number00353 65 9055600
Emailemail via the website
Green Fees€75 - €375
Visitor TimesAlways available
Slope Rating149 (Black), 139 (Gold), 129 (White), 125 (Red), 118 (Green)
Designed byGreg Norman, Martin Hawtree
Golf Monthly Verdict

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Greg Norman and then Martin Hawtree have created a fabulous modern links in a beautiful location.

The dunes are absolutely huge and, at the higher points, afford some wonderful views along the coast and of the surrounding countryside. Despite its relative youth, the holes are beautifully framed by the dunes, highlighting the quality of the design in keeping in touch with the wider landscape. When playing golf in this part of Ireland the Trump Links is not to be missed. It’s a modern classic.


– Striking stretch of coastline with towering dunes

– A classic of modern design by Greg Norman, enhanced by Martin Hawtree

– A course that’s supremely enjoyable simply to behold, let alone to play


UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2023/24 - 47

Whatever your views on the owners, Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg is a spectacular course that ranks as one of the best golf courses in Ireland, with recent improvements further enhancing the offering.

The dunes at Doonbeg were being considered for their golfing potential some 120 years ago when members of the Scottish Black Watch regiment sought a site for a course.

It wasn’t until over a century later though that Greg Norman would finally create a layout over this spectacular piece of coastline.

“The Shark” saw tremendous potential and employed his “least disturbance” approach to design, meaning that 14 of the greens and 12 of the fairways required no earth to be moved, just the grass to be cut.

Set amidst the incredible dunes overlooking Doughmore Bay in County Clare, Greg Norman’s brilliant layout has been further enhanced by Martin Hawtree since the Trump Organization took over in 2014.

A wonderful modern links, the course begins with, arguably, the greatest opening hole in golf – a fabulous par-5 leading into the dunes to an amphitheatre green.

It raises the expectation of what is to come, and that expectation is met with a tremendous selection of strikingly memorable holes that are supremely enjoyable simply to behold, let alone to play.

Although Trump Links Ireland is a relative youngster, the design flies the flag for old school links values as a traditional out and back layout.

The 18th is an outstanding finishing hole. There’s a real element of risk and reward if you play tight to the beach for a shorter approach into the green. It could be a real nail-biter in a tight game. New dunes on the right-hand side of the 10th and the left-hand side of 17th have been added to give the holes a little more definition.

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What The Top 100 Panel Said

Richard Healy UK&I Top 100 panel
Richard Healy

A thorough test of golf, utilising the coastline and huge dunes to dramatic effect, to both frame and delineate the holes. The whole course is testing and beautiful, a range of hazards come into play; bunkers, wilderness areas, dunes, beaches and optical tests, all make it intriguing. Every aspect of the condition and presentation is quality and exhibits an incredible attention to detail, it is not plastic or overly manicured, it still has a wildness about it.

Tim Gorman UK&I Top 100 panel
Tim Gorman

Distinct changes in level, raised greens with sharp deep run-offs and heavily bunkered. Classic links turf, rough, bunkers and greens, this is a course that holds up in good condition all year round. Fabulous coastal views, a top-class links golf course and a vibrant bar with very good food. What’s not to like?

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Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg Green Fees

Green Fees vary throughout the year. For more information and to book online, visit the Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg website.

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Golf at Lahnich on the County Clare coast began in 1892 when two officials of Limerick Golf Club laid out 18 holes with the assistance of officers from the “Black Watch” regiment. Old Tom Morris made improvements in 1894 but it was Dr Alister MacKenzie who, in 1927, created the course largely still in play today. Martin Hawtree has completed sympathetic renovations more recently.

 There’s a great mix of holes, some asking for raw power, others for a more subtle approach. The natural contours of the land and the ever-present wind make for a superb natural test.



Ballybunion justifiably enjoys a worldwide reputation for its imperious setting on Ireland’s wild, west coast. The club dates back to 1893, and following a very enjoyable limbering up over the opening six holes, the Old Course shifts into overdrive as you reach the rugged cliffs at the 7th. From then on, you work your way though spectacular dunes where it is all too easy to be distracted by the visual feast that awaits.

For more Irish gems, check out our guide to the best golf courses in Ireland.

Best Places to Stay Near Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg

Trump Doonbeg - Book online
Stay at the hotel at Trump Doonbeg for the complete experience. The five-star hotel offers luxurious accommodation, a spa and excellent dining options. There's way more than just golf to enjoy, with a great range of activities on offer.

Lahinch Coast Hotel and Suites - Book now at
Just off the beach in Lahinch, Lahinch Coast Hotel and Suites offers a seasonal sauna, spa bath, and a steam room. There's the cozy Aberdeen Bar, with a fireplace and the Dunes Restaurant serves home-cooked meals and full Irish breakfasts between March and November.

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Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg Historical Top 100 Ranking UK&I

  • 2023/24 - 47
  • 2021/22 - 43
  • 2019/20 - 35
  • 2017/18 - 32
  • 2015/16 - 32
  • 2013/14 - 22
  • 2011/12 - 22
  • 2009/10 - 28

Frequently Asked Questions

When did Trump buy Doonbeg?

In February 2014, the lodge and golf club at Doonbeg were bought by Donald Trump for an estimated €15M.

How much is a round of golf at Doonbeg?

The rates vary through the year, and depending on the time of day. Lowest rates at off-peak times are €75 but that rises to €375 when the course is in highest demand. Check the Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg website for online booking and specific rates for when you want to visit.

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly. 

Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?