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Royal Dublin Golf Courses
John Lumsden of Banffshire, Scotland moved to Ireland to work in the head office of the Provincial Bank in Dublin. A very keen golfer he looked for a suitable place within Dublin to play golf His attention was turned to the Phoenix Park area, where the British Militaryhad been playing for some time and military had been playing for some time and on the 5th May 1885 Lumsden formed the Dublin Golf Club. One of its earliest members was another Scotsman Thomas Gilroy and it was both Gilroy and Lumsden who designed the 18 hole course of 3,904 yards near the Magazine Fort.

In 1886 the club moved from Phoenix Park to Cush Point, Sutton where it remained until 1889, then having successfully negotiated with The Dublin Port and Docks Board, it moved to its present position at North Bull Island. John Lumsden was the club's first Captain from 1885 to 1887, he was then succeeded by Thomas Gilroy, the Captain for the next two years. In 1891 the Dublin Golf Club received its Royal prefix.

It is interesting to note that Captain William Bligh of H.M.S. Bounty had a significant part to play in the construction of Royal Dublin Golf Club land, when he was approached to advise on the construction of a deep water passage for cargo ships safe routing to Dublin Port. The information he put forward in 1800 was a blue print for building a breakwater “The Bull Wall” from Dollymount. The silting that occurred over time created a sandbank upon which Royal Dublin Links is played today and the course continues to move further and further away from the sea as each year passes with silt deposits.

The links is flat, subtle and deceptively difficult. This used to be the most exclusive club in Ireland and it has staged a number of tournaments including the Irish Open including 83 to 85 with past champions Seve Ballesteros and Bernard Langer’s duals rejuvenating interest in this fine European event. They continue to be firm admirers of this great course. Royal Dublin has also hosted the Irish Women’s Championship, the Irish Professional Championship and the third Irish Amateur Open as far back as 1891 and again most recently as 2002.
Details -The Strand Course :
Royal Dublin Map
Course type : Links
Founded :
1885
Par :
72
Yards :
6700
SSS :
71
Designer : Harry S. Colt
 
It has held The Irish Open on many occassions and is only 31/2 mile north of Dublin city. Christy O' Connor was appointed head professional in 1959. In 1966 he came to the 16th needing 3 birdies to tie for The Irish Open - he finished eagle, birdie, eagle. Ranked No.21 in the Top 100 British Isles courses 2002 by Golf World.
 
Local Interest

The General Post Office (GPO), is located on O'Connell Street. It was the headquarters for the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and the provisional government of Ireland in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Dublin Writers Museum is an 18th century restored mansion located at the north end of Parnell Square. The museum houses the works of some of Ireland's best writers, including: Behan, Joyce, Shaw, Swift, Widle, and Yeats. It is also home to an impressive collection of painting, photographs, and memorabilia of the various writers.

The Gallery of Modern Art is located at the north end of Parnell Square. Guided tours, recitals, and lectures are offered.

Old Jameson Distillery, on Bow Street in Smithfield Village, tells the story of the "Water of Life". Guided tours are offered in the original distillery and at the end you get a taste.

National Museum of Ireland, at Collins Barracks, includes displays and exhibitions of Ireland's social economic and military history. Two other locations are noted below.

Phoenix Park is located beside Collins Barracks and is the largest enclosed city park in Europe.

 
 
 
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