The Royal Dublin golf club Dublin

The Royal Dublin golf course Dublin

The Royal Dublin Golf Course

The Royal Dublin Club Crest

What I have always considered one of Irelands Premier Links Golf Courses, The Royal Dublin Golf Club is situated on Bull Island, which is a wildlife habitat, with access across the wooden bridge to Dollymount strand.

The Royal Dublin has undertaken extensive course improvements. These improvements have caused the staging of the Irish Open Amateur Championship to be relocated to Carton House (the new home of the GUI, the ILGU and the Leinster Branch) for 2004.

The Royal Dublin has played host to the Irish Open Championship on three occasions the last being in 1985, when Seve Ballesteros won it in a play-off. It is also the home course of Irelands legendary golfer and ten times Ryder Cup player Christy Senior "Himself" who can be often be seen playing the Links and one can't but admire how this gentleman of golf can still ply his trade.

The feature hole at The Royal Dublin is undoubtedly the 434 metres Par 4 finishing hole known as "The Garden Hole" where the golfer must decide to take on the corner, to get home in two, this decision has often been regretted by professionals, quality amateurs and mere mortals like ourselves.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club offers the golfer one of the finest clubhouses in the country, which has been recently upgraded. With an excellent Dining Room (jacket & tie) or the Grill Room (informal dress). Visitors can enjoy a drink Christy O'Connor Room overlooking the 18th (informal dress) and reflect on the challenges they encountered on this wonderful Links on the outskirts of Dublin and make plans for when they intend to revisit the course where Harry Cult left one of his greatest creations.

The Royal Dublin was voted the No. 28-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-1);

The Royal Dublin was voted the No. 29-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-2);

The Royal Dublin was voted the No. 27-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Same);

The Royal Dublin was voted the No. 27-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Down-3);

The Royal Dublin was voted the No. 24-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Down-5);

The Royal Dublin was voted the No. 19-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

The Royal Dublin was voted theNo. 12 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland:

The Royal Dublin was voted the No. 18-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

The Royal Dublin was voted the No. 11 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

The Royal Dublin was voted the No. 13-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

The Royal Dublin was voted the  No. 11 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

The Royal Dublin was voted the  No. 14-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

The Royal Dublin was voted the  No. 11 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Green Fees 1 November 17 March Mon. to Thurs: €75
Green Fees 1 November 17 March Friday: €85
Green Fees Early Bird & Twilight Mon. to Thurs:
€90
Green Fees Early Bird & Twilight Friday: €100
Green Fees Early Bird up to 8.30am Mon. to Thurs:
€90
Green Fees Twilight from 4.30pm Mon. to Thurs: €90
Green Fees Twilight from 4.30pm Friday:
€100
Green Fees 18 March to 31 October Mon. to Thurs: €150
Green Fees 18 March to 31 October Friday: €160
Green Fees with a Member: €40
Practice Area: Range
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Course Type Links
No Holes 18
Designer Harry S. Colt
Founded 1885
Address

North Bull Island,
Dollymount,
Dublin 3

Telephone 01-8336346/01-8331262
Email info@theroyaldublingolfclub.com
Website The Royal Dublin golf club website
General Manager: Eoin O'Sullivan
Captain: Peter Finnegan
Ex. Officio:  John McGreevy
President: Kieran Howard
Vice-Presidents': Michael Dinneen, John J McDevitt, Tadhg O’Sullivan, & Des Quigley
Hon. Secretary: Stephen Prendergast
Club Pro: John Dwyer 01-833 6477
Hon. Treasurer: Frank Lynch
The Royal Dublin Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:53.371170
Long:-6.170345
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.30am to 11.30pm
Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering:Full catering, facilities  Days to Avoid: Saturdays & Wednesdays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

The Royal Dublin Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Drive-In Sunday 1 January   Closed 1
Christy O'Connor Challenge Tuesday 8 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Friday 9 June Saturday 11 June Closed 2
Captain's Prize Saturday 10 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the 5-Day Members Wednesday 14 June   Closed 1
Beaumont Hospital Classic Friday 21 April   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 72 SSS 71 6,907 yd's
Yellow Par 72 SSS 70 6,465 yd's
Red Par 73 SSS 74 5,469 yd's
Blue Par 72 SSS 73 7,269 yd's

Card

Name Hole No. Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
North Bull 1 401 390 375 4 9 338 4 9
Barington's 2 487 470 462 5 17 410 5 17
Alps 3 408 405 378 4 7 342 4 5
Featherbed 4 178 172 154 3 14 136 3 13
Ireland's Eye 5 488 445 425 4 2 381 5 3
Valley 6 594 570 510 5 10 463 3 1
Ardiluan 7 214 187 162 3 13 120 4 11
Ben Howth 8 410 387 343 4 5 311 5 7
Davidson's 9 174 162 141 3 16 122 3 15
  Out 3,354 3,188 2,950 35   2,623 36  
Marne 10 462 436 417 4 1 288 4 4
Colt's 11 547 529 515 5 11 421 5 12
Campbell's 12 201 183 152 3 15 137 3 16
Dardanelles 13 463 427 406 4 4 365 5 2
Moran's 14 561 544 506 5 12 356 4 10
Hogan's 15 454 432 413 4 8 350 4 8
Dolly 16 304 282 262 4 18 219 4 18
Coastguard's 17 440 416 386 4 6 330 4 14
Christy's Garden 18 483 470 458 4 3 380 5 6
  In 3,915 3,719 3,515 37   2,846 38  
  Total 7,269 6,907 6,465 72   5,469 73  
  SSS 74 72 70     74    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 64 Marco Penge Goodwood G. C. 07/05/2016
Pro:  63 B. Lange

Members Achievements

The Royal Dublin Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield in 2015 having won the Leinster Final on their home course when they beat Rosslare Golf Club by 4-holes in the Quarter-Final, Tullamore Golf Club by 1-hole in the Semi-Final and accounted for Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club in the decider by the slenderest of wins by 1-hole.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club hasn’t had any success in this the most prestigious of Amateur Golf since 1968. They were drawn against Munster Champions and reigning All-Ireland winners Muskerry Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on the O’Meara Course at Carton House on Wednesday 16th September 2015.

First on the tee was Shaun Carter with Jeff Hopkins who beat Niall Gorey with David O’Donovan by 4-holes in the second match Ian O’Rourke with Barry Anderson beat Daniel Hallisey with Shane Whooley by 3-holes to book their place in the All-Ireland decider against Galway Golf Club on the Thursday.

In the All-Ireland Final they had a spectacular 12-hole win over Galway when they were lead out by Shaun Carter with Jeff Hopkins against Joe Lyons with Stephen Brady and recorded a 7-hole win over this experienced pair in the second match Ian O’Rourke with Barry Anderson faced Ronan Mullarney with Colm Hughes and had a 5-hole win to bring the total to 12-holes.

The other members of this historic team were Richard Knightly, Adam Hanley, Liam Huthinson, Bryan McSweeney, Chris Drumm, Sean Ryan and Gary McGrane. They were managed by Michael Chambers assisted by Gerry O’Donovan and Stephen Wade.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Barton Shield in 2014 at Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club on Saturday 2nd August. They beat Kilkenny Golf Club by 2-holes in the Quarter Final and Naas Golf Club by 5-holes in the Semi-Final and The Island Golf Club by 5-holes in the decider.
They made their way to Carton House to compete in the All-Ireland deciders on the O’Meara Course where they were drawn against Ulster Champions Warrenpoint Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 17th September.
They were lead by Richard Knightly with Sean Ryan who lost by 2-holes against William Hanna with Stephen Coulter, they were followed by Barry Anderson with Ian O'Rourke who went all the way up the 20th before recording a 1-hole win over Colm Campbell with Ryan Gribben, how close can it get.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield when they beat Slade Valley Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches at Carlow Golf Club on Sunday 29th July 2012.
They made the long journey to Kinsale Golf Club to compete in the All-Ireland deciders on Wednesday 19th September when they were drawn against Connaught Champions Gort Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals.
They were lead by C. O’Siochain with M. Perry who lost their match against Noel Harnett with Pat Magner by 2 and 1, they were followed by J. Enright with D. Murphy who had one-of-those-days when going down to Stephen Noonan with Mick Meehan by 8 and 6, next up was S. Guirke with R. Gygax who lost out to Liam Keane with Ger Foley by 5 and 3. The last two matches of D. Shaw with R. McGovern against Colin Cleary with Shane Kelly and P. Dowling with E. McHugh against Eoin Duggan with Dave Murphy were halved when called in.

Niall Kearney was the only Irish selection on the Walker Cup 2009, played at Merion, Pennsylvania, USA on 12 & 13 September, Niall has since joined the Professional ranks and we wish him the very best in his new profession.

Niall won the Brabazon Trophy, in the teeming rain at a soggy Moortown in Leeds, on Tuesday 19th May 2009.

A closing round of 70 for an aggregate of 208 saw the Irish international from Royal Dublin triumph by five shots from Kent champion Liam Burns who signed off with 73.

Congratulations to Niall Kearney, who together with Paul Cutler (Portstewart Golf Club), Gareth Shaw (Lurgan Golf Club), Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club), Shane Lowry (Esker Hills Golf Club) retained the European Amateur Team Championship at Turin Heat on Saturday 5th July 2008, when they beat England in the final by 4 ½ matches to 2 ½.

Gary McGrane won the Irish Boys' Amateur Close Championship at Malahide Golf Club on Friday 24th August 2007. He returned rounds of 72, 69, 73 and 72 for a total of 286, to pip the young I. Keane from the home club by one shot. Keane won the Under 16 Trophy.  This was a magnificent performance by this young man who has played Leinster Boys and has represented his club at Senior and Junior Cup level, definitely one to watch in the future.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club won the Barton Cup in 2006, when they beat Old Conna by 7 and halve matches to 2 and halve matches. The first leg of the Final was played at The Royal Dublin on Saturday 19th August when The Royal Dublin returned a 4 match to 1 match lead going into the second leg away to Old Conna on Saturday 2nd September. These matches finished 3 and halve to 1 and halve to the away team giving The Royal Dublin a comfortable win.

The Royal Dublin continue to develop their young players under the watchful eye of Mannix Kennedy, having won the All-Ireland Fred Daly Trophy in 2004. Their panel of young players achieved considerable individual credits in 2005.

Niall Kearney won the Irish Boys’ Close Championship at Kilkeel Golf Club in August 2005, he reached the Semi-Final of the Connacht Youths’ and was selected on the club Senior Cup team. Niall was considered a "veteran" when he represented Ireland in the Boys' Home Internationals at Woodhall Spa, Lioncolnshire on 2nd August 2005 having been selected the previous year at Portmarnock Golf Club. He and Seamus Power (West Waterford) were the only two survivors from the 2004 team.

Barry Fennelly won the Ulster Boys’ at Lisburn Golf Club and finished in the top 10 in the Irish Boys’ he was selected on the club Senior Cup team and partnered Paul O’Grady on the Barton team that reached the Semi-Final.

Neil O’Briain won the Connacht Youths' at Carne in August 2005, was selected on the club’s Senior Cup team and partnered John O’Donovan on the Barton team that reached the Semi-Final.

Gary McGrane was selected on the Irish and Leinster Boys’ teams in 2005, and partnered Michael Chambers on the Barton team that reached the Semi-Final. He played Senior and Junior Cup for the club.

The Royal Dublin Juniors won the All-Ireland Fred Daly Trophy National Final in 2004, when the team was M. Cooke, Niall Kearney, Barry Fennelly, C. Keogh, D. O'Beirne, Neil O'Briain, Gary McGrane, C. Knightly, C. Glavey and D. O'Halloran, they were captained by Mannix Kennedy, they went on to win the home countries final at La Manga in December 2004.

Niall Kearney was selected on the Irish Boys Team that played Canada in a Junior Challenge match at Hamilton Golf and Country Club from 7th to 9th September 2004.

Darren Crowe was selected on the Irish Team for the Home International Matches at Royal St. David's Golf Club in Harlech, Wales, from September 11th-13th 2002. He was also selected on the Irish Youths team to play in Gdansk, Poland on July 9th 2002.

Prior to 2001:

The Royal Dublin won the Irish Senior Cup at Killarney G. C. in 1969 and in 1929, 1927, 1925 and 1924.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Senior Cup at Co. Louth N. O'Brien, T. Hutchinson, E. Brady, B. O'Malley, L. Brady, T. Kone-Nash and they were captained by G. O'Donovan.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield, on their home course in 1968, when the team was, T. D. Garvey, Mick Costello, David Corcoran, M. J. Jordan, Noel Fogarty and Dermot Herlihy. They also won it in 1925 and 1924.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup in 1957, when the team was, M. B. O'Halloran, F. O. Gogarty, J. S. Conway, B. J. Sampson and T. Kane. They won the Irish Junior Cup at Royal Portrush in 1932 and 1927.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Irish Senior Cup at Co. Louth N. O'Brien, T. Hutchinson, E. Brady, B. O'Malley, L. Brady, T. Kone-Nash and they were captained by G. O'Donovan.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club won the Leinster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1981 and were All-Ireland Runners-Up at Grange Golf Club, when the team was O. Egan, F. Lyon, T. Kirin, E. Doherty, M. Collins, R. O'Malley, M. Wisdom, F. B. Doyle, D. Courteney, K. Courtney, E. Cardan, A. I. McGann and T. Summers, they were captained by S. Donnelly.

The Royal Dublin won the Barton Cup 1967, when the squad was, C. A. Byrne, P. V. O'Neill, P. J. Ryan, K. C. Moore, D. Cooper, P. H. Gunning, G. C. Fitzgerald, T. D. Garvey, J. S. Conway, P. Flanagan, F. G. Moran, K. Murray, B. J. Sampson, M. J. Jordan, M. B. Costello, J. L. Mahon, F. Sharpe, P. C. Haughey, G. N. Fogarty, D. K. Corcoran, J. J. O'Haneon, J. M. O'Dwyer, B. Howard, J. J. Quill and T. C. Trinder.

W. J. Slattery was elected to the council of the Leinster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Niall Manchip a teaching Pro. at The Royal Dublin won the Smurfit Irish PGA Championship at The Island on 17 October 99 to receive the largest cheque of his professional life.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

Eamonn Brady who turned professional in September 2000, he represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1995 to 1999 playing 11-times won 6-matches and lost 5-matches accumulating 12-points.He represented Ireland at international Youths level from 1994 to 1995 playing 8-matches, won 4-matches halved two and lost 2-matches accumulating 8-points. He represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1994 to 2000 playing 30-times won 19-matches halved two and lost 9-matches accumulating 40-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial from 1993 to 1995 playing 18-times won 8-matches halved three and lost 7-matches accumulating 19-points;

Niall Kearney represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2006 to 2009 playing 27-times won 11-matches halved four and lost 12-matches accumulating 26-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level in 2007 playing 4-matches, won 1-match lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 2004 to 2006 playing 25-times won 14-matches halved four and lost 7-matches accumulating 32-points. He represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 2007 to 2008 playing 12-times won 10-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 20-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 2007 playing 5-times won 5-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 10-points. He represented Leinster at Boys  Interprovincial level from 2003 to 2006 playing 23-times won 8-matches halved three and lost 12-matches accumulating 19-points;

C. Barcroft* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1901 to 1904;

D. M. Christie* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1901 to 1905;

D. K. Corcoran represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1972 to 1973 playing 14-times won 7-matches halved three and lost 4-match accumulating 17-points;

W. H. Dillon* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1903;

A. F. Dudgeon* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1903;

E. K. Figgis* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1901;

G. N. Fogarty represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1956 to 1967 playing 26-times won 10-matches halved five and lost 11-matches accumulating 25-points;

E. Gibson* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1905;

T. M. Healy* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1931;

T. D. Hegarty represented Ireland as a Senior International in 1951 playing 4-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 1-point;

D. P. Herlihy* was selected as a Senior International from 1961;

W. J. Howley* was selected as a Senior International from 1951;

N. Manly* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1924 to 1928;

R. P. Meredith* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1901;

C. P. Moore* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1902 to 1905;

P. M. O’Boyle* was selected as a Senior International from 1977;

Neil O’Briain represented Ireland as a Senior International in 2007 playing 5-times won 4-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 8-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from 2006 to 2007 playing 4-matches halved tree and lost 1-matches accumulating 3-points. He represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 2005 to 2007 playing 12-times won 5-matches halved three and lost 4-matches accumulating 13-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial from 2005 to 2007 playing 17-times won 10-matches halved two and lost 5-matches accumulating 22-points;

A. Saunderson* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1903 to 1904;

K. Troy was* selected as a Senior International from 1951;

P. M. Watson* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1901;

L. Welch represented Ireland as a Senior International in 1936 playing 2-times won 1-match and lost 1-match accumulating 2-points;

L. E. J. Werner* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1925;

D. M. Wilson* represented Ireland as a Senior International from 1903 to 1906;

P. Congden represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1992 playing 5-matches, won 2-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 5-points;

J. Hutchinson represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1982 playing 1-match, won 1-match accumulating 2-points;

P. M. O’Boyle represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1977 playing 6-matches, won 1-matches and lost 5-matches accumulating 2-points;

Gary McGrane represented Ireland at international Youths level from 2006 to 2007 playing 12-matches won 5-matches halved one and lost 6-matches accumulating 11-points;

P. J. Auld represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1900 playing 4-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 1-match   accumulating 2½ -points;

C. M. Barcroft represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1904 playing 7-times won 3-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 3-points;

J. H. Barrington represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1900 playing 6-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 2½ -points;

D. M. Christie represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1906 playing 11-times won 3-matches halved two and lost 6-matches accumulating 4-points;

D. K. Corcoran represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1969 to 1974 playing 28-times won 14-matches halved one and lost 13-matches accumulating 29-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial from 1964 to 1967 playing 8-times;

E. Gibson represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1906 playing 7-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 4½ -points;

G. C. Greene represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1904 playing 7-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 2-matches accumulating 4½ -points;

T. Henshaw represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1899 to 1906 playing 7-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 3½ -points;

D. P. Herlihy represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1961 playing 6-times won 4-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 8-points;

J. Hutchinson represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1983 to 1990 playing 16-times won 8-matches and lost 8-matches accumulating 16-points. He represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial from 1979 to 1983 playing 6-times won 3-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 6-points;

J. Jordan represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1960 to 1965 playing 10-times won 6-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 12-points;

G. T. Maconocky represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1896 playing 2-times won 0-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points;

C. Magill represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1899 playing 1-time won 0-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating ½ -point;

W. D. Maloney represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1900 playing 1-time won 1-match and lost 0-matches accumulating 1-point;

L. Martin represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1903 to 1905 playing 2-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating ½ -points;

G. C. May represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1899 playing 5-times won 1-match and lost 4-matches accumulating 1-point;

R. McConkey represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1939;

N. McGrane represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1989 playing 6-times won 3-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 6-points;

J. F. McLoughlin represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1939;

J. S. Moore represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1896 playing 2-times won 2-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 2-points;

P. M. O’Boyle represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1975 to 1978 playing 22-times won 14-matches and lost 8-matches accumulating 28-points;

E. H. Orr represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1903 playing 6-times won 2-matches halved one and lost 3-matches accumulating 2½ -points;

J. H. Pigot represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1902 playing 5-times won 2-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points;

A. P. Ross represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1901 playing 1-time won 0-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating ½ -point;

J. Stevenson represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1898 playing 4-times won 4-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 4-points

C. Stewart represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1961 playing 2-times won 2-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 4-points;

T. Stewart represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1897 playing 3-times won 1-match and lost 2-matches accumulating 1-point; 

A. Traill represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1898 to 1899 playing 2-times won 1-match and lost 1-match accumulating 1-point;

H. A. Upton represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1906 playing 5-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 4-matches accumulating ½ -points;

P. M. Watson represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1904 playing 6-times won 6-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 6-points;

G. Wilkington represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1903 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

D. M. Wilson represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level from 1896 to 1906 playing 8-times won 5-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 5-points;

D. Barton represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 1978 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points; 

D. Coghlan represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 2009 playing 5-times won 4-matches halved one and lost 0-matches accumulating 9-points;

W. Gillen represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 1995 playing 2-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 1-points;

J. Mahony represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial from 1976 to 1977 playing 8-times won 4-matches and lost 4-matches accumulating 8-points;

Gary McGrane represented Leinster as a Youth Interprovincial in 2009 playing 5-times won 2-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Leinster at Boys  Interprovincial level in 2007 playing 6-times won 5-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 10-points;

T. D. Hegarty represented Connacht at Senior Interprovincial level from 1956 to 1957 playing 12-times won 4-matches halved two and lost 6-matches accumulating 10-points;

R. Scott represented Connacht at Senior Interprovincial level from 1981 to 1982 playing 11-times won 2-matches and lost 9-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Connacht as a Youth Interprovincial in 1971  playing 2-times won 0-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 0-points;

W. Gillen represented Connacht as a Youth Interprovincial in 1995  playing 2-times won 0-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 1-point;

P. M. Watson represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1905 playing 1-time won 0-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 0-points;

History of The Royal Dublin

Instituted 1882 affiliated 1885

The Royal Dublin, although its original records were lost in the clubhouse fire on 2nd August 1943, can trace its original location to a site in the Phoenix Park, when it was a military golf club in 1884. The founding meeting of the club took place on 15th of May, 1885, in No. 19 Grafton Street. Mr. John Lumsden was in the chair. Forty-one members attended the meeting.

At the AGM, the following January John Lumsden presented The Lumsden medal which is still competed for and the records show that the course was reduced to twelve-holes in winter owing to difficulty of upkeep. At the following AGM there was a balance against the club of fifteen shillings and six pence and it was decided to reduce the number of holes to nine.

By 1888 the club was on the move to Sutton and a course was laid out at Cush Point. However, the lease was retained in the Phoenix Park. Sutton proved to be out of reach for most of the members. A meeting on 19th January 1889, informed John Lumsden that permission had been obtained from Colonel Vernon and the Dublin Port and Docks Board to play at Dollymount for a fee of one £1 and one shilling.

Mr. Petrie proposed that Old Tom Morris be retained to design the course, but this decision was postponed owing to expense. The course was laid out by, the President, John Lumsden, and the Captain, Mr. Gilroy.

On the 14th May, 1891, the title "Royal" was conferred on the club in a letter signed by E. Leigh-Pemberton and addressed to the club care of  Mr. J. Balfour, who was Chief Secretary of Ireland, (who was) a fanatical golfer.

The first members consisted of various professional groupings and the military garrisons, notably The Blackwatch Regiment and the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

The Royal Dublin played a major part in the development of golf in the metropolitan area. With John, the founder Captain and Vice President of the GUI in 1891 being involved, together with club professionals, Anthony Brown, George Coburn and Tom Hood laying out many courses.

In 1914, the course was closed and was occupied by the army. It was not until April 1920, that the club was reopened. Then in January 1921, H. C. Colt was retained to redesign the course.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Noel Harris 1989 Men's Captain
Justice Brian Walsh 1989 President
Harry Horneck 1990 Men's Captain
Justice Brian Walsh 1990 President
Garrett Kennedy 1991 Men's Captain
Justice Brian Walsh 1991 President
Oliver Egan 1992 Men's Captain
Justice Brian Walsh 1992 President
Leo Booth 1993 Men's Captain
Justice Brian Walsh 1993 President
Frank Chambers 1994 Men's Captain
Justice Brian Walsh 1994 President
Brian Kearney 1995 Men's Captain
Justice Brian Walsh 1995 President
Ronald Dalglish 1996 Men's Captain
Justice Brian Walsh 1996 President
Frank Ryan 1997 Men's Captain
Justice Brian Walsh 1997 President
John Hedigan 1998 Men's Captain
Kevin M. Callan 1998 President
Prof. John Horgan 1999 Men's Captain
Kevin M. Callan 1999 President
Tadgh O'Sullivan 2000 Men's Captain
Kevin M. Callan 2000 President
Harry McElhinney 2001 Men's Captain
Kevin M. Callan 2001 President
Liam P. Meaney 2002 Men's Captain
Frank McDevitt 2002 President
Billy Wallace 2003 Men's Captain
Frank McDevitt 2003 President
John McDevitt 2004 Men's Captain
Frank McDevitt 2004 President
Peter Keavney 2005 Men's Captain
Frank Keane 2005 President
Martin Kennedy 2006 Men's Captain
Frank Keane 2006 President
Brendan Cole 2007 Men's Captain
Frank Keane 2007 President
David McConnell 2008 Men's Captain
Frank Keane 2008 President
Sean McKeon 2009 Men's Captain
Leo Booth 2009 President
David Kennedy 2010 Men's Captain
Fergus Madigan 2010 President
J. J. Murphy 2011 Men's Captain
Fergus Madigan 2011 President
Sean Kelly 2012 Men's Captain
Fergus Madigan 2012 President
Paul O'Grady 2013 Men's Captain
Harry McElhinney 2013 President
Enda A. McDermott 2014 Men's Captain
Harry McElhinney 2014 President
Sam O'Beirne
2015 Men's Captain
Harry McElhinney
2015 President
John McGreevy
2016 Men's Captain
Harry McElhinney
2016 President
Peter Finnegan 2017 Men's Captain
Kieran Howard 2017 President
Shaun Carter (-2)
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Sean Ryan (-2) 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Jeff Hopkins (+2) 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Barry Anderson (+2) 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Richard Knightly (-1)
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Ian O'Rourke (-2)
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Stephen Healy (-1)
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Gary McGrane (-1)
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Bryan McSweeney (0)
2017 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at The Royal Dublin

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
George Hayden 30 January 1997 9th   160 m
Liam Bergin 12 April 1997 9th   160 m
Tom Higgins 12 April 1997 4th   157 m
Des Downey 16 April 1997 6th   164 m
Joe O'Donovan 14 June 1997 9th   160 m
Gerry O'Donovan 15 October 1997 6th   164 m
Billy Wallace 16 November 1997 4th   157 m
John Healy 10 January 1998 6th   164 m
Art I. McGann 25 February 1998 4th   157 m
G. Fogarty 9 March 1998 4th   128 m
Ronan Collins 18 March 1998 9th   160 m
Brendan Coghlan 8 April 1998 9th   160 m
Desmond Woods 1 June 1998 12th   172 m
Cathal Mullan 1 August 1998 9th   138 m
Douglas Herther 14 November 1998 12th   142m
Barry O'Halloran 2 February 1999 6th   164 m
K. Ninightly 1 May 1999 9th   160 m
John Healy 20 June 1999 4th   157 m
John French 23 June 1999 4th   157 m
C. Rowden 4 September 1999 6th   164 m
Steven Cloonan 4 September 1999 6th   164 m
Denis McAdams 5 December 1999 6th 5 wood 170 m
Pat Carolan 10 May 2000 12th 6 iron 188 m
Peter Early 17 June 2000 12th 4 iron 172 m
Liam Browne 17 June 2000 6th 5 wood 170 m
Niall Lavin 23 June 2000 12th 5 iron 172 m
John Huchinson 13 January 2001 12th   142 m
Conrad O'Donovan 24 February 2001 6th   170 m
Sean Kelly 31 March 2001 12th   188 m
Eugene O'Reilly 23 May 2001 6th   170 m
Brendan O'Malley 6 June 2001 12th   172 m
John Healy 20 June 2001 4th   157 m
Padraig Johnson 25 July 2001 9th   160 m
John Dennis 25 October 2001 4th   157 m
Cecil Rowden 6 November 2001 9th   160 m
John Holland 29 December 2001 12th   172 m
Des Quigley 19 January 2002 6th   170 m
Liam Browne 15 June 2002 9th   160 m
Thomas Morrissey S.J. 15 August 2002 9th   160 m
Des Smyth 10 September 2002 4th   163 m
George Henry 14 December 2002 4th   163 m
John Dennis 17 May 2003 6th   170 m
Tom Ryan 13 August 2003 6th   170 m
Niall Kearney 23 December 2003 9th   160 m
David O'Beirne 18 February 2004 12th   172 m
Owen O'Connor 11 July 2004 6th   170 m
Greg Fogarty 23 November 2004 4th   163 m
Brendan J. O'Malley 8 March 2005 16th   241 m
Garrett J. Walsh 3 September 2005 9th   148 m
Mervyn Wisdom 9 September 2005 9th   129 m
Sean O'Donovan 15 October 2005 9th   148 m
David O' Halloran 12 December 2005 4th   170 m
Owen O' Connor 28 December 2005 9th   148 m
Bob Fagan 8 July 2006 12th   167 m
Patrick Ryan 12 September 2007 4th   157 m
Gerry Young 12 December 2007 7th   148 m
John Bergin 21 January 2009 9th   141 m
J. O'Flaherty 11 June 2017 7th   148 m