One of my favourite courses in the World" Darren Clarke
Donegal Golf Links (or Murvagh Golf Club as it is also known) was designed by the legendary Irish course designer Eddie Hackett. Following his outstanding projects at Connemara and Waterville, the links at Donegal was destined for greatness and it has a reputation as being a tough but fair links.
It will always be a matter of dispute whether golf originated in Scotland or Holland but in Donegal, similar to Lahinch, it was the Scottish influence that brought it to our shores. While on overseas service in Ireland, the Scottish army regiments saw beautiful links land, similar to the lands upon which the great Scottish links were built, and they encouraged the local gentry to do the same.
Configured in two loops of nine holes, Donegal Golf Links is often described as the Muirfield of Ireland and the course can provide a fearsome challenge when the wind rises, as is reflected in its standard scratch of 75. Isolated from the rest of the mainland by a thick mass of woodland, the site is spectacular by any standards. And as the designer recalled with a crushing simplicity "The greens are on natural sites, only the levels of some were adjusted by hand. All I had to do was to develop the course on what nature provided."
Continually featured in Golf Worlds Top 100 Courses in Ireland & Great Britain, this is a real challenge not to be missed.
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