Ashley Morrison's Blog

September 11, 2012

A slice of heaven.

Especially for those who are into playing a few rounds of golf – and then enjoying the 19th hole afterward.

Shooting the Member’s Clubhouse was the second part of our assignment, while down at Doonbeg last week.

Members enjoy unlimited access to Greg Norman‘s acclaimed links course, ranked the “Best New International Course, 2002” by Golf Digest.

Hallway in the Member's Clubhouse

Doonbeg Golf Club has been carefully conceived as the ultimate home club for the discerning international golfer. By becoming a Member, you will join a select group of links enthusiasts from around the world.

But lighting this bar & restaurant area was definitely a challenge…
Bar area in the Member's Clubhouse
.. however, with Carl’s help here…
Bar area in the Member's Clubhouse
.. I was very pleased with the final result…
Bar area in the Member's Clubhouse
.. and that pint of Guinness sure when down well at the end smile

The Doonbeg Clubhouse is located just above the Championship tee for the first hole. As the cornerstone of the Doonbeg golf village, it houses the Club’s private amenities. These include Members-only locker rooms…

Changing rooms in the Member's Clubhouse

.. a private pub and dining room, and a Member’s living room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Lounge area in the Member's Clubhouse

So now you know what’s behind those doors, which was summed up by one of their guests when she said: “Doonbeg is a real slice of heaven!”

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July 10, 2011

Never work with kids and animals…

.. they say – or bank on the weather…
One of the pictures taken of the Kids play area at The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. here in Ireland.

Well we were recently back down with one of our favourite clients – The Lodge at Doonbeg – where they have a well-tuned market strategy aimed at showing how this stunning resort has more to offer than top class golf for anyone who doesn’t necessarily play the game. With their incredibly stylish self-catering cottages, it’s ideal for family breaks…
Kids play area at The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. and this time our role was to show the many varied attractions they have laid on…
Outdoor games at The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. to keep everyone happy & occupied during the day.

I must say the two boys where complete stars throughout…
The animal farm at The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. however, getting the rabbits & chickens to pose was a bit trickier smile

Still, there is nothing quite like the appeal of a chilled drink while enjoying a beautiful sunset !! And in the west of Ireland, the sunsets over the Atlantic can be spectacular – so our goal was to capture all of this as well for their marketing material. The only problem was when we were shooting the outdoor social area, it was mid-afternoon and the clouds were rolling in fast…
.. so it didn’t quite have the look we were after.

This is Ireland after all – where it rains approximately 225 days a year.

So creating that whole feeling of being there as sunsets, was challenging to say the least – but with lighting, etc…
Marie McMillen and Ray Kearney outside Darby's Bar & Restaurant at The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare.
.. I think we came close to making it look like the real thing.

Anyway, as always we had a wonderful time at this 5 Star Resort – which is the home to one of the best golf courses in Ireland, built by two-time British Open champion Greg Norman – and would just like to say big thanks to Ray for making a good call on the weather last week – it may not have been perfect but I think we got there in the end – plus big thanks out to everyone else at Doonbeg, for all their help & co-operation throughout the days we were there.

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