Doonbeg Golf Club Doonbeg - which had its official opening this past summer - is a spectacular course designed by Greg Norman. In terms of aesthetics, it surpasses Ballybunion. Its fairways wind through huge sand dunes, creating a sense of serenity that even a bad round of golf cant ruin. The golf course sits isolated, three miles north of the village of Doonbeg. To the east, golfers see farm houses dotting the countryside. To the west is the ocean. The course is exceptionally challenging, and first-timers would be advised to take a caddie for guidance. Irish golf courses are not particularly well-marked, so figuring distances can be a problem. Doonbeg has the manicured look that Americans expect when they pay top dollar - the greens fee is $185.
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