Donabate, Co. Dublin
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original layout created by various members; major redesign and improvements subsequently made by Fred Hawtree, Eddie Hackett (1985) and Martin Hawtree.
25 km NE of Dublin
From M1 motorway north of Dublin take the Skerries / Donabate exit (R132) and at roundabout follow direction Donabate. After 3.2 km turn right direction The Island Golf Club / Anchor Lodge B&B (ignore right turn to Kilcrea). After 2.6 km bear right (stay alongside estuary). After o.2 km golf entrance is on your left.
The Island Golf Club: Get ready for a fabulous links golf experience. Towering sand dunes, sea views and a panoramic vista across the estuary to Malahide are just part of the fun.
The heady ingredients of The Island include some short and intricate par-4s, like the roller-coaster 5th, the hidden-green 6th and the ribbon-like 14th. Add to this some fabulous longer par-4s like the tough opening and closing holes, and the long 3rd alongside the Irish Sea, and then top it all off with the wonderful pudding-bowl green at the par-3 16th - quite an Irish Stew to satisfy any golfing appetite.
This is a breathtakingly natural place for golf, which the magnificent view from the elevated 6th tee most certainly underlines. Definitely a course to include on your itinerary for any trip to the Dublin area.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and after 4pm on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course.
The Island has hosted many top class tournaments, including : Irish Ladies Amateur Championship in 1911 and 1990; Mens Irish Amateur Championship in 1998; and the Irish PGA Championship in 1999, when Royal Dublin's Neil Manchip just pipped Darren Clarke.
GB&I: 32nd best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
Ireland: 10th best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2019).
Malahide, Co Dublin
+353 (0)1 845 0000Visit website
Portmarnock; Portmarnock Links; Royal Dublin; The Island.
St Margaret's; The Grange; Luttrellstown Castle.
Portmarnock, Co. Dublin
+353 (0)1 846 0611Visit website
This luxury 4-star hotel combines modern elegance with the grandeur of a 19th century home once owned by members of the Jameson Whiskey dynasty. The hotel’s design ensures all guest rooms have a view over the Irish Sea, the hotel gardens or onto the 18-hole Portmarnock Links golf course.
Portmarnock; Royal Dublin.
The Island; St Margaret's; Luttrellstown Castle; Grange.
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