The Royal Dublin Golf Club
As a former junior member here I can attest to how difficult this course can be. Royal Dublin is an old school links design. Much like the Old Course at St. Andrews the front 9 goes out away from the clubhouse and the back 9 brings you back in. The 9th green being the furthest you will be from the clubhouse whilst still on the club grounds. Founded in 1885 it is one of Ireland's earliest established golf clubs. Originally located in the Phoenix Park it was relocated to Sutton and then again onto its current placing on Bull Island. Originally the course was designed by Harry Colt with Martin Hawtree being invited by the members in the late 1990's to redesign and upgrade the links for the modern game. Royal Dublin has hosted many Irish Opens over the years, the last being held in 1985 which was won by Seve Ballesteros who defeated the defending champion Bernhard Langer in a playoff.
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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.
The Royal Dublin Golf Club is a superb links test with a very rich history. It's a course I always enjoy playing and it offers a fair and difficult challenge.