Donegal Golf Club
Murvagh, Laghey, Co Donegal, Ireland
- par: 73 75
- length: 5.643 m 4.964 m
- par: 73 75
- length: 5.643 m 4.964 m
- architect:Eddie Hackett
The golf course at Donegal Golf Club can be found in the North West corner of Ireland in County Donegal. Found close to the quiet and quaint village of Laghey in the province of Ulster the course is set on its own peninsula (Murvagh) which overlooks the beautiful Donegal Bay. The views here are further enhanced by the amazing backdrop that the nearby Bluestack Mountains provide. Combine this with an outstanding golf course and players here really are in for a treat.
Originally laid out in 1973, the well-known architect Eddie Hackett was the first to make his mark on the course and made the most of the natural setting. Some years later the equally famous Pat Ruddy was called in to extend the course and make a few tweaks however this spectacular links has had very little work since then which pays testament to its quality in design, nature and setting.
Its 18 holes stretch over a distance of 6333 metres from the white tees and have a par of 73. Expect the features here to be some of the best you will see from a links course. The traditional rugged terrain has been utilised magnificently to create a tough links course that will challenge even some of the most accomplished of players. Here you will find the layout in two loops of nine with the front nine playing in an anticlockwise direction and the back nine going clockwise and lying inside of the outward nine.
Facilities at Donegal are excellent and the club is well equipped to deal with the needs of all players. The clubhouse boasts both a bar and restaurant as well as a well-appointed shop selling a variety of clothing and apparel. Practice facilities include a generous driving range as well as chipping and putting greens; full locker and shower facilities are also available for use by players here.
Tee times for visitors to this course have good overall availability and are well spread across the course of the day. Green fee rates here are somewhat expensive however when you consider the quality of the course and the facilities it is good value for money. The course also hosts a number of open competitions throughout the year which are open to both visitors and members.
The club is relatively well connected to much of the north or Ireland as well as nearby Northern Ireland. The nearest major transport hub is that of Sligo which is around 57 km south of the area. Accommodation options in the local area are numerous and should appeal to most tastes.
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Average rating obtained byThis rating for Donegal Golf Club. is the average of 17 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.ukLooking back at my review from six years ago when I last played here, I missed a couple of important factors: firstly, the fairways are generally wide and forgiving so golfers can afford to spray the ball around a little bit without being too harshly punished and secondly, the 18 holes occupy a generous 240-acre site so, in many regards, the long length of most of the fairways - and the fact that there are five par fives - merely reflects the scale of the property. On the front nine, I thought Valley of Tears, the par three 5th, was way better than Id remembered it from before (loosely reminding me of the famous Calamity hole on the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush) whilst, on the back nine, Im a big fan of Bogey Hill, the 18th hole - even if the raised green and shaggy mounding at the back are a tad on the contrived side! At the most northerly point on the course, a bank of old vegetation on the dune ridge next to the elevated 6th tee box has been removed and this now affords fantastic views across the sand flats and oyster farms out on Donegal Bay Id recommend that you stop for a wee breather at this point to soak up the scenery, especially if youre still dabbing your eyes after posting a poor score at the preceding hole! Murvaghs great value for money (as are ALL the courses in this corner of the Emerald Isle) and well worth adding to your "must play" list. Jim McCann