The last great piece of linksland on the Irish coast – Set along 1.5 miles of crescent-shaped beach and dunes on Ireland's southwest coast, Doonbeg allows views of the ocean from the green, fairway, or tee from 16 of 18 holes. The majestic dunes, centuries old, reach almost 100 feet. Two-time British Open champion Greg Norman designed the course, applying his “least disturbance” philosophy of routing courses to fit existing terrains. Norman's layout follows a course designed by nature – 14 of Doonbeg's greens and 12 of its fairways were simply mowed.
The par-72 layout features a singles loop of nine holes out and nine back. Variations in wind speed and direction ensure the course plays differently almost every day. For example, the average golfer will play anything from a sand wedge to a 5-iron on the 111-yard 14th. To allow for a range of conditions and abilities, most holes feature five or more tee locations. The course officially opened on July 9, 2002, with an exhibition match between Norman and Padraig Harrington. Following their duel, Doonbeg proudly hosted the 2002 Palmer Cup.
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