Royal Dublin Golf Course

Golfing Tradition

The Royal Dublin Golf club has a wonderful golfing tradition – but better than that, it has a fabulous golfing challenge over a magnificent links course. And when the golf is done, the clubhouse offers the ideal place for enjoyable relaxation. Visitors are always welcomed by their friendly staff.



The Royal Dublin Golf Club celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2010 which makes it the second oldest Golf Club in Ireland. The Club was instituted at a meeting held at No. 19 Grafton Street in May 1885, pioneered by a Scottish banker – John Lumsden. Originally called Dublin Golf Club, it received its Royal designation in 1891.


The Bull Island, home to Royal Dublin, is celebrated throughout Europe as a wildlife habitat for its unique collection of flora and fauna, and particularly its large concentration of over-wintering wildfowl and waders. It attracts more bird-watchers than any other location in Ireland. This marine environment, with its diverse wildlife, is a constant source of enjoyment to golfers.

A Rich Heritage

During the First World War, the course was taken over by the military and used as a rifle and artillery range. After the War, the clubhouse was in a very dilapidated condition and the course devastated. With £10,000 compensation, the clubhouse was re-constructed and the links re-designed by H.S. (Harry) Colt, the world famous golf course architect from Sunningdale, in 1920.

Front 9 Players Flyover Guide, with pro caddie tips by Colin Byrne

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Back 9 Players Flyover Guide, with pro caddie tips by Colin Byrne

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Christy O'Connor Snr

Christy O’Connor joined Royal Dublin in 1959 as club professional and his association with the club continues to this day. Christy’s eagle-birdie-eagle finish to win the Carroll’s International at Royal Dublin in 1966 still ranks as the finest finish to any Irish professional golf tournament and is a special memory. He was the first golfer to play in 10 consecutive Ryder Cup matches from 1955 to 1973 and in 2009 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Pádraig Harrington

Dublin native and 3-time major winner Pádraig Harrington has been a frequent visitor to Royal Dublin over the years, including a memorable round with United States President Bill Clinton and U2 guitarist The Edge.

“Given its quality and location, Royal Dublin Golf Club is perfect for anyone staying in the city and looking to play a great links golf course”

Old Tom Morris

The pioneer of the professional game played Royal Dublin in 1894.

In fact the list of great golfers who have played the links is long and distinguished, and includes more major winners like Ian Woosnam, Ian Baker Finch, Curtis Strange, Sandy Lyle, Corey Pavin, Bob Charles, Wayne Grady and of course our own major winners Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.

More recently a crop of new young professionals have graced Royal Dublin fairways including Rickie Fowler, Darren Johnson, Webb Simpson and Louis Oosthuizen.



Getting to Royal Dublin is easy for the reason that it is on an island on Dublin Bay and access to Bull Island is via the famous wooden bridge (or the causeway for tour buses). Only seven kilometers from Dublin city centre, golfers staying in the city can avail of a short taxi-ride from any of the capital’s hotels. 

The Story

Bull Island is of historical interest in its own right. Captain William Bligh (of HMS Bounty fame) recommended the building of a sea wall to facilitate the safe approach of shipping into Dublin Port. The wall, known as the Bull Wall, was constructed in the early 1800s and a direct consequence was the formation of a sand bank which has grown ever since and has become Bull Island.

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