As early as 1892, officers of the Scottish Black Watch Regiment considered Doonbeg, Ireland an ideal setting for links golf. In the early 1990s, the Doonbeg Community Development Company began promoting the concept of a golf course at Doonbeg. With urging from that group, Shannon Development obtained purchase options for 377 acres of links-land from four local farming families. Doonbeg Golf Club Ltd., an Irish entity created by the partners of Kiawah Development Partners, acquired the options from Shannon Development and closed the sale in December 1999. Construction of the golf course commenced in December 1999.
The Doonbeg, Ireland golf course opened on July 9, 2002, when Greg Norman defeated Irish Ryder Cup star Padraig Harrington by 2 to 1 in an exhibition match, but much interest and activity predated the event.
In February 2014, Doonbeg Golf Club was purchased by Trump Hotels. The luxury golf resort has since been renamed, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland.
Since then Trump Doonbeg has had been transformed by Dr. Hawtree to one of the 'must play' golf courses on the international circuit. He has allowed the character and soul of the land flourish while enhancing the playability tenfold. Every hole has its own identity which will both reward and challenge each golfer.
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg, Clare, Ireland