A Welcome From Our Captain

Welcome to the website of The Royal Dublin Golf Club.

It is my great pleasure to welcome you and all our visitors and guests to The Royal Dublin Golf Club. We are an old and historic club with a traditional links. It is a great honour for me to be Captain of this great Club now in its 132nd year since our founding in 1885.

The Links is situated in a unique setting on an island in Dublin Bay, approached by an historic wooden bridge. The course was designed initially by the legendary Harry Colt and has been updated by Martin Hawtree to take into account the improvements in technology for the modern game. Since the Irish Amateur Open was first held here in 1894 in excess of 50 professional and amateur championships have been held at Dollymount, including the Irish Open on six occasions.

I hope this website gives you a sense of the golfing challenge to be faced and a feel for the rich history of the Club. It is important to us that visitors to our links have an enjoyable golfing day.  Tees and pin positions used will be appropriate to the weather and golfing conditions of the day to enhance the links experience on one of Ireland’s oldest courses.

Over the years we have welcomed many of the golfing greats going right back to Old Tom Morris who played here in June 1894 up to and including Rory McIlroy who competed in the Irish Amateur Open in 2007. More recently Dustin Johnson has included Royal Dublin as part of his preparation for the Open Championship. Among other greats of golf who have played are Bobby Locke, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen who won The Irish Amateur Open here in 2002. Seve Ballesteros won the Irish Open twice here in 1983 and 1985 and Bernhard Langer won it in 1984.

Since 1959 until his death last year our own World Golf Hall of Fame member and ten time Ryder Cup player the late Christy O'Connor Snr. (himself) was ever present at the club where he was a most hospitable and welcoming host.

Please ask at the pro shop or any member of staff about the Christy O’Connor Room and they will gladly direct you to it. You will see golfing memorabilia, photographs, course cards and other items recording his great golfing career including his then record ten consecutive Ryder Cup experiences.

Whatever happens do cross the wooden bridge from Clontarf and join us on the Bull Island Nature Reserve here in Dublin Bay for a wonderful golfing experience. You will never regret a visit to The Royal Dublin Golf Club. The Links is our pride and joy and I hope that you find it an enjoyable and challenging experience.

Peter Finnegan,

Captain 2017.


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