The Donegal Golf Club is another shining example of Ireland’s ties to links golf. It is another course designed by world renowned architect Eddie Hackett, but has received a facelift from Pat Ruddy as well. The land of the Murvagh Peninsula has proven to be a perfect natural placement for a links golf course, with a forest of evergreens to one side, and the Bluestack Mountains on the other.
The course plays at 7,280 yards, but the sweeping ocean views make every last step a joy to behold. There is plenty of mossy grass, wide-open fairways and low-lying dunes, but there is only one of those you will want to your ball to end up on. There are plenty of opportunities on the golf course, and birdie is generally not out of the question on individual holes. That being said, the course has a tendency to lose the battle but still win the war.
The first and last holes play quite long, so a trip to the driving range before your round would be a good idea. There is also a lot of ground to cover at the turn by eight, nine and ten, but players with their range in should be able to plot their way around nicely. There are some daring shorter holes, such as three, five and thirteen, but you should still approach with caution. The eighteenth hole is known as “Bogey Hill”, throwing down the gauntlet to players as their rounds come to a close.