Royal Dublin Golf Club

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The island where the course is located in a UNESCO biosphere site.

RDGC is believed to be the only championship golf club within a city boundary.

Standout Holes

The 5th hole requires an accurate tee shot as the fairway narrows and is flanked by sandhills.

Following two holes later, the 8th is a deceptively tough, risk and reward hole to a raised green complex.

The often drivable par-4 16th at Royal Dublin Golf Club is guarded by seven pot bunkers!

The 18th hole, known as 'The Garden', is a challenging dogleg par 4 that threatens wayward drives and aggressive approach shots.

Although only four have been chosen, all 18 holes are strong. You'd expect nothing less from the club where Christy O'Connor Sr spent 57 years as professional.

Golf Course Review

Royal Dublin Golf Club is Ireland's second oldest golf club and links course and the Republic's oldest. The club was founded at Phoenix Park on May 15, 1885. The club moved four years later to North Bull Island in 1889. The site itself is a naturally occurring sandbank that was enhanced by a seawall built to prevent sand from blocking the port.

With the sand and island expanding, the club made appropriate enquiries and moved to its new island home in 1899. A bridge was built and opened in 1907 that greatly enhanced accessibility. During 1914-1918 the British Army used the land as a rifle range and to practice trench construction. Off the 6th fairway is a bunker formerly used for these purposes. It was at this point that the club invited Harry Colt to lay out the links anew. The original Colt course opened for play in 1920. Following WW2, John Morrison advised on the links.

In 2003, Martin Hawtree lengthened the course to keep pace with the modern game. Recently, the trio of Mike Clayton, Mike DeVries and Frank Pont of CDP were recently appointed to develop the club further.

RDGC's Royal Heritage

Further information on the club and its history can be found in Scott Macpherson's book, Golf's Royal Clubs.


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