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.
“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 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!
The Island Golf Club Hole 1
US Open Champion @DJohnsonPGA played “The Island Golf Club” in preparation for “The Open” 2016.
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.
The Island Golf Club Hole 10
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.