Donegal Golf Club

Murvagh, Laghey, Co Donegal, Ireland

  • holes:18
  • par: 73 75
  • length: 5.643 m 4.964 m
7.5 23 Reviews This Club is the 97# of 341 in Ireland
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Description

  • holes:18
  • year:1976
  • 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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Reviews (23)

  • Average rating obtained by

    golfShake
    23/02/2011
    2x8.0
    Very good course.
    This rating for Donegal Golf Club. is the average of 2 ratings obtained from www.golfshake.com
  • Average rating obtained by

    top100golfcourses
    18/04/2013
    17x7.7
    Looking 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 I’d remembered it from before (loosely reminding me of the famous “Calamity” hole on the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush) whilst, on the back nine, I’m 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 – I’d recommend that you stop for a wee breather at this point to soak up the scenery, especially if you’re still dabbing your eyes after posting a poor score at the preceding hole! Murvagh’s 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
    This rating for Donegal Golf Club. is the average of 17 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.uk
  • Average rating obtained by

    ukgolfguide
    25/06/2012
    3x9.3
    As part of a golf tour of the North West of Ireland I recently played at Donegal. I wasn't expecting too much as I had never really heard of it but I was pleasantly surprised to find a real gem of a links course set in a truly stunning location. Stand out holes include the par 3 5th - aptly named the "Valley of Tears" - and the par 5 8th which is one of the most exciting and challenging long holes I have ever played. All the characteristics of traditional links golf are evident here and the course will surely thrill lovers of seaside golf from start to finish. The course record of 69 highlights how tricky it can be from the back tees but embrace the challenge and you will leave with fond, fond memories of Donegal Golf Club. The clubhouse is a really friendly place as well and I for one will be back to play here on future Irish golf breaks. A top class hidden gem!
    This rating for Donegal Golf Club. is the average of 3 ratings obtained from www.ukgolfguide.com
  • Average rating obtained by

    golfReisWijzer
    01/06/2011
    1x8.8
    Met 6764 meter 1 van de langste banen in Ierland.De baan wordt door insiders als 'infamous' = berucht omschreven en dat klopt heel aardig, zeker als er een stevige bries staat. Gelegen op het schitterende Murvagh Peninsula is deze ruige links course een oprechte uitdaging voor de ervaren golfer. Feit is dat men niet alleen worstelt met de elementen maar dat het bespelen van deze baan een absolute nachtmerrie wordt indien men er moeite mee heeft de fairways aan te houden! Donegal GC is één van de favoriete banen van Ryder Cup held Darren Clarke.
    This rating for Donegal Golf Club. is the average of 1 ratings obtained from www.golfreiswijzer.nl

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