The Emerald Isle has no shortage of scenic golf courses. Its southwest region is known as one of the most outstanding venues for world-class links golf, including the more recent addition, Greg Norman-designed Doonbeg, set across 400 acres fronting 2.5 miles on the Atlantic Ocean atop high cliffs. When Norman first visited back in 1997, he remarked, “I am almost speechless. I have never seen a piece of land like this in all my travels.”
Doonbeg is especially renowned for its first hole, which some call the most beautiful opening hole in the world, a par five playing slightly downhill to a green surrounded on three sides by towering dunes, with the Atlantic peeking out in between.