Doonbeg Golf Club, the Greg Norman-designed, links course in County Clare, has announced that 18 new Courtyard Suites will soon be available for sale. Sales reservations for these one to four bedroom Suites, which are part of the second phase of The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club, will begin in mid-August 2004.
“Given the huge success we experienced with the 2003 offering of 28 suites and the fact that construction work is now well underway, we felt it was a good time to release a new offering of lodging options,” notes Charles P. “Buddy” Darby, III, chairman and CEO of Kiawah Development Partners, parent company of Doonbeg Golf Club.
Located within a few steps of Doonbeg’s clubhouse and Lodge, the suites will make use of carefully salvaged and reclaimed materials such as large pieces of York stone, old ceiling beams, mantles, and beautiful antique wood flooring.
The one- and two-bedroom suites will feature living room, dining room, and kitchen areas on the entry level, with private bedrooms and luxury baths on the upper and lower levels. Meanwhile, the three- and four-bedroom residences will offer living room, bedrooms, and kitchen areas on the entry level, with additional bedrooms located on upper levels. Prices will range from about €500,000 to €1.1million.
Construction on the overall project began in April 2004, and has an estimated completion date of late Autumn 2005.
The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club will be comprised of several buildings: The Lodge, The Garden House Suites, The Norman Suites, and these elegant new Courtyard Suites. The Lodge will house the Doonbeg member clubhouse and 15 Lodge Suites, ranging in size from one to four bedrooms.
The Clubhouse portion of the Lodge building will encompass a formal dining room that faces the ocean and overlooks the 18th green; a members‘ bar overlooking the Atlantic; a spa with steam rooms, sauna, treatment rooms, and a fitness facility; and well-appointed men’s and women’s locker rooms for club members.
The adjoining buildings, which will be complemented with flower-filled courtyards, will house six Garden House Suites, seven Norman Suites, and 18 Courtyard Suites, respectively.
To reflect the rural or country architecture of Ireland, The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club and the collection of suites will draw primary inspiration from many Irish country houses. The roofs will all be rough-hewn dark slates, and exteriors will be of local stone and render. “They should be memorable and spectacular given the outstanding Irish and American architectural firms we engaged,” said Darby.
“When complete, Doonbeg will feature 56 suites near or in The Lodge and a series of 80 cottages scattered elsewhere nearby. The overall design of Doonbeg is based on a “village” concept, with the cottages laid out at different elevations along the entranceway to the course. The Lodge is within a few feet of the No. 1 tee box and No. 18 green to maximize views of the Atlantic. Adjoining The Lodge will be the golf shop and pub/restaurant overlooking the magnificent 1st hole – a par 5 running along the ocean and high dunes already considered by many as the finest opening hole in golf.”
Doonbeg Golf Club is the creation of Kiawah Development Partners (KDP) in association with Landmark National of Upper Marlborough, Maryland. Nestled along the west coast of Ireland, this Greg Norman-designed course has garnered unprecedented superlatives worldwide since its grand opening in July 2002. Norman employed a “non-disturbance” policy to keep the course entirely natural. Most recently, it was honoured as “Best New International Course” in the February 2003 issue of Golf Digest.
The architects are Campbell Conroy Hickey Partnership Architects of Dublin with John Haley of Charleston, SC the lead design team member; the general contractor is John Paul Construction Limited of Dublin; the interiors have been co-designed by CLR Design Associates of Dublin and Jacquelynne P.Lanham and Norman Askins of Atlanta, Georgia.
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