Donegal Golf Club

Murvagh, Laghey, Co Donegal


Founded: 1959
Course Type: 18 Hole Links
Length: 7280 Yards
Par: 73
Designer: Eddie Hackett, Pat Ruddy
Tee off intervals: 10 minutes
Services: Caddies(May-Sept), Buggies, Club Hire, Pull Trolley
Practice Facilities: Driving Range, Chipping Green and Putting Green
Other Facilities: Pro Shop, Club House, Bar & Restaurant


Located on the Murvagh Penninsula on Donegal Bay, Donegal Golf Club in the northwest of Ireland is one of the longest links courses in Europe and is among the many golf courses in Ireland that offer an enticing test of golf.

Currently ranked number 18 in Golf Digest’s Top 100 golf courses in Ireland, Donegal Golf Club provides a challenge of the most enjoyable kind, the experienced golfer needs to be at their best, while those less accomplished will still enjoy the course as it gives the opportunity to win a battle if not the overall war. The signature 5th hole at Donegal golf course is aptly named the ‘Valley of Tears’ for good reason!

Known locally as Murvagh owing to its location, Donegal Golf Club championship course is encapsulated by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and by Donegal bay on the others. This is one of the most excellently maintained and welcoming courses you could wish for and it is a must visit inclusion on any play wish list of golf courses in Ireland.

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Darren Clark

Donegal Golf Club - One of my favourite courses in the World.

Be prepared for a tough challenge over the first five holes. These holes include one par 5, two long par 4’s and two par 3’s, after this the course opens up and becomes less demanding. Accuracy is also important on some tee shots so if you are a long hitter or not too straight I would advise a 3 wood off some tees. 

Chris Helmer

Elora, Ontario, Canada

What a great golf course. A number of “blind holes” where you’re driving up and over a crest which makes hunting for your ball even more futile. Donegal golf course itself isn’t overly difficult, but if you can’t hit a straight ball (which I couldn’t for the first 9 holes), don’t bother trying to find it – the heather is impenetrable. I lost 8 balls in the first 9 holes…thankfully I had bought a box of balls from the pro shop. The views of the ocean alone are worth the green fees at Donegal Golf Club. Talk about stunning! .