Royal Dublin Golf Course, County Dublin

Royal Dublin Golf Course, County Dublin

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The Royal Dublin Golf Course is located on Bull Island in Dublin Bay. Bull Island is renowned throughout Europe as a wildlife habitat due to its unique collection of flora and fauna, making it a truly scenic setting for your first round of golf in Ireland.
 
This may be your first experience with a traditional golf links course and if so the Royal Dublin offers up a truly superb example. The famous golf architect Harry Colt was brought in to design the course, bringing with him a measure of fame to the club and making it a sought after venue for golfing events ever since.
 
In the late 1990s, the increasing length of players, but particularly the elite golfers, presented all golf courses with a considerable challenge. Responding, the members of The Royal Dublin Golf Club realised that change was needed to stay in the top echelon of Irish courses.
 
The members desired a course that both tested the modern player and one that reflected its inheritance from Colt. Accordingly, the renowned architect, Martin Hawtree, was invited to redesign and upgrade the links for the modern game. At a cost of €4.5 million, the course has been re-designed in a manner which has shown respect to its inheritance, while challenging the longest hitters.
 
Hawtree made several significant changes. First of all, he raised and introduced significant contouring to all of the greens. Accompanying this raising of greens is a series of run-offs from which golfers of all levels must demonstrate imagination, touch and ability to achieve the coveted ‘up and down’.
 
His other significant change was to completely re-design the 6th, 7th and 8th holes. The course has been lengthened by over 400 yards in total and it is now in excess of 7,200 yards.
 
Founded: 1885
Architect: Colt/Hawtree
Course type: Links
Par: 72
Standard Scratch Score (SSS): 71
Length: 6,030 yards

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