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The Island Golf Club was founded in 1890 thus making it one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland. Besides being one the first twelve golf clubs founded in Ireland, it is the third oldest in Dublin and predates Portmarnock Golf Club by four years.

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“In September 1887 four men rowed across the channel which separates the North Dublin village of Malahide from the spur of land to the north known locally as the Island. Their mission was to survey the wilderness and assess its suitability as a golf links.”

The Island Golf Club

The early course, comprising eighteen individual holes, was laid out generously in terms of land as the founder members, precluded from any serious earth-moving, followed the valleys between the sand hills. The course has altered several times since that time, however, to become the championship course of today.

Take a look at what the course looks like today!

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The Island Golf Club Hole 1

US Open Champion  @DJohnsonPGA  played  “The Island Golf Club” in preparation for “The Open” 2016.

The Island, host to The Open regional qualifying, has been visited to many big names over the years such as Dan Marino and @McIlroyRory

The Island provides the perfect Open warm up with its traditional links style and long rough!  It is a course not for the light-hearted, but a challenge in itself that all golfer must experience. A true links course. Once ranked in the “Top 100 Golf courses in the world”.

Frosty morning at the Island. 

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The Island Golf Club Hole 10

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Rory McIlroy’s longest drove was on the 10th hole at the Island Golf Club during the European Youths.

Rory made the par five 10th look like a small par four, smashing the ball past the last bunker. The drive was his longest drive ever in competition until recently.

Rory has since spoken of the drive in an interview, after the Wells Fargo.

“Q. What’s the longest drive you’ve hit in competition?

RORY MCILROY: I hit one when I was 15 at the Island Golf Club 405 or something.

Q. Where was that?

RORY MCILROY: The Island Golf Club near Dublin.”

Rory McIlroy, has since broken this record with this amazing strike.

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The Best 18: Which Irish Golf Holes Made the Cut? | Golf in Ireland

The Best 18: Golf in Ireland

We have put together the best visually stunning and challenging 18 holes currently on the GolfBirdie App. So here it is Golf in Ireland best 18.

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#1 The opening hole of the Ryder Cup 2006

Hole 1 Par 4 401 yards

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#2 Waterville Golf Links Hole 3 Par 4

#3 Old Head Golf Links Hole 4

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#4 The Island Golf Club Hole 14

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#5 Old Head Hole 17 Par 5 600 Yards

#6 Killarney Golf Club Hole 3 

#7 Carne Golf Links Hole 13 

#8 The K Club Palmer Course Hole 16

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#9 The Island Golf Club Hole 13

#10 Old Head Golf Links Hole 12

#11 Galway Bay Hole 7


#12 Killeen Castle Hole 12

#13 County Sligo Hole 5

#14 Dromoland Castle Hole 18

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#15 Castle Rock Hole 16

#16 The K Club Smurfit Course Hole 15


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#17 Killarney Hole 1 


#18 Old Head Hole 18 

The beauty of golf in Ireland

“WOW,” was all Tiger Woods could say as the early morning fog cleared to reveal the 15th tee at The Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, County Cork He has a point: humpback whales splashing in the swirling waters, swooping seabirds and scampering hares – you’re at one with nature’s immense power on Ireland’s links. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the ball… Someone who will help keep your eyes on the fairways is the caddy. They know the fairways best, save you plenty of shots, and will probably be the best four hours’ conversation you’ll ever have on a golf course!

“I had such a great time in Ireland that I’ve been coming over ever since.”


Of course, it’s not all over after the 18th. The late US Open and US PGA Champion Payne Stewart felt right at home when he visited the 19th hole in Waterville – The Butler Arms Hotel: “We get into the pub and get around a piano,” said Stewart of his post-round routine. “I bring out my harmonica and the next thing you know it’s about 4am!” You see, finishing a round of golf doesn’t mark the end of the day in Ireland. Round here we always carry on to the 19th.

No licence or membership is required to play golf in Ireland. All you have to do is find the courses, book your tee times and turn up – or choose an operator to arrange it all for you.

There are fewer than 200 links golf courses in the world – Ireland has 50 of them.

In Ireland during summer, days are long – it’s light at 6.30am and doesn’t get dark until after 10pm, so you have plenty of playing time.

You won’t need a tuxedo in Ireland, but there are dress codes – smart casual works.

Some of my fondest memories of great golfing holes in the world, include the number four and five holes at Lahinch.


Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Invite a member or two to join your group and have a fun fourball…loser buys drinks at the 19th hole!

Don’t just check out a course’s signature hole – check out its history. In Killeen Castle (former Solheim Cup host), County Meath, for instance, your play was dictated by the fairies. Designer Jack Nicklaus wanted to tuck the 12th green into the left, but it would have meant cutting down a hawthorn tree, considered in Ireland to be a fairy tree… the tree was left intact for fear of bad luck and so a big drive leading to a small green is where the magic now happens