Doonbeg Resort, Ireland

Doonbeg Resort, Ireland

After spending a week at the Lough Erne Resort in Ireland, we headed to our next destination: The Doonbeg Resort. We had scheduled a Helicopter to pick us up, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating. If you travel with a group, I recommend booking a Heli service; it’s a great way to save some time […]

Lough Erne Resort, Ireland

Lough Erne Resort, Ireland

If you’ve not yet been to Ireland, definitely put it on your bucket list. Once you visit, you’ll want to return year after year. Spending time in Ireland was akin to stepping back in time. There’s so much to take in, green country alongside all its visible history!  We hopped into our rental car at the […]

Slieve Donard, Ireland

Slieve Donard, Ireland

Slieve Donard resort and spa, after recent refinements, has ensured that it is now the most luxurious destination in all of Ireland.  All 178 rooms are decorated in beautiful, traditional styles with modern comforts accompanied by some of the most spectacular views of the magnificent mountains and coastline.  The Victorian construction is over a century […]

St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews, Scotland

Known as the Home of Golf, it is every golfer’s dream to walk on St Andrews Links. The courses offer a landscape of infinite variety and have been a playing field for the sport for over 600 years, but have been evolving into the game we know today, all the while. The seven St Andrews […]

Gleneagles, Scotland

Gleneagles, Scotland

As one of Scotland’s most luxurious 5 star resorts and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Gleneagles is set on 850 acres of Perthshire countryside and is the home to three of the top Scottish Championship Golf Courses as well as a wide range of exhilarating outdoor leisure activities. Throughout the hotel, […]

Druids Glen, Ireland

Druids Glen, Ireland

Often referred to as “The Augusta of Europe,” Druids Glen is the leading golf course in Wicklow where both the flora and fauna of the Glen provide a beautiful, colorful background for a magnificent golf course. In this magical space, forests and streams provide a haven for wildlife in what was once home to the […]

Doonbeg Resort, Ireland

After spending a week at the Lough Erne Resort in Ireland, we headed to our next destination: The Doonbeg Resort. We had scheduled a Helicopter to pick us up, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating. If you travel with a group, I recommend booking a Heli service; it’s a great way to save some time and play more golf courses! Most of the resorts are equipped with Heli pads. What’s really cool is that they pick you up at your hotel and drop you off at the course you are playing that day. If you play early enough and plan it right, you can make arrangements for them to pick you up and drop you off at your next course.

What would have been about a one-hour helicopter ride ended up being a 6-hour drive for us. The nice thing about driving, though, is that you get to see such beautiful countryside. You can also stop along the way and even visit the little towns, which are all very charming. After making several wrong turns, we had finally made it: out of nowhere, the Doonbeg Resort appeared and what a sight! I couldn’t believe how secluded it was. The first thing I noticed as we were winding our way along the entrance road to the resort was the way it fit in so well with the surrounding, natural landscape. It looks as if it has been there for hundreds of years, but it’s actually only 4 years old. The golf course officially opened in July, 2002 and the lodge followed in May, 2006. It’s a breathtaking piece of property located right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean with miles and miles of beach. The contrast was absolutely beautiful with the lush, green, rolling hills of farmland meeting the ocean. We even saw some surfers out catching waves. The accommodations were definitely first class and the guest services were some of the best as well. The food was first rate while the resort even has a local fisherman who brings in the fresh catch of the day.  The main part of the resort offers ocean view suites and courtyard suites that surround the property. The film crew stayed in a 3500 sq. ft. suite adjacent to the first hole. Everywhere you looked displayed of an amazing amount of attention to detail.

After settling in, I was excited to play the golf course. While uncertain of what the weather was going to be like the following day, we were happy when we woke up to sunshine. The course looked amazing with high dunes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other – just beautiful!  Designed by Greg Norman and measuring close to 7000 yards, the course certainly plays longer than you first think. In any case, you’ll love the way he kept the natural landscape so intact. The course is definitely trying, but that is what links style golf is all about. I would highly recommend getting a caddie, while walking is the way to go. It is very interesting the way Norman designed the course. With 9 holes going out and 9 coming back in, you will be challenged all day by the wind off the ocean – not to mention the rapidly changing weather. You will use every club in your bag and will especially need your bump and run shot.

The resort itself offers some excellent food choices. You can enjoy a meal in a casual setting at Darby’s Pub or the formal dining area know as the Long Room, both named after the owners, Buddy Darby and Leonard Long. I would highly recommend having dinner in the town nearby at Morrissey’s, a local favorite!  It’s only a 15-minute drive from the resort, which is definitely worth it. Also, have the concierge arrange a day of horseback riding at the West Clare Equestrian Center. It’s a great way to take in the Irish countryside.

Definitely put this on your list of places to explore and experience. We spent a total of 7 days at this location and it was sunny most of the time.

Our last stop was Dunsany, County Meath, Killeen Castle located just 20 minutes outside of Dublin. The Castle dates back to over 800 years.  We were scheduled to tour the property and interview Rossi Jones, the Captain of US Team for the Solheim Cup that is to be played there in Sept. 2011.

When you pull up to the gate, the guard comes out to greet you. You continue up this country road for a few miles and then the Castle appears. At first it doesn’t look real, but the closer you get, you see it’s an actual Castle.

Jack Nicklaus designed the course and really did a fantastic job. The golf course is a Par-72 and measures 7,700 yards.  I just love the Irish countryside with its lush, green, rolling hills as far as you can see. All together, the property covers about 350 acres.

The course feature some truly amazing views, especially when walking up the 18th fairway with the Castle situated right in front of the green.

In 2011, they plan to open the Castle with guest rooms.  We spent two glorious days there, a great way to end our trip. Without a doubt, I would revisit – especially to stay in the Castle.  Just don’t forget to make your reservations early.