Royal Dublin Golf Club

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Royal Dublin Golf Club
4.5
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A very warm welcome to one of Ireland's finest golf links. We have history and wonderful golfing tradition here - but better than that, we have a fabulous golfing challenge over a magnificent links course. And when the golf is done, our clubhouse offers the ideal place for enjoyable relaxation. Our visitors are always welcomed by our friendly staff and we look forward to your visit to our Club. Located on Bull Island, which also houses a bird sanctuary and nature reserves, this golf course is one of the oldest in Ireland, dating back to 1885.
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Glenn S
Essex Fells, NJ7 contributions
Royal Dublin
Aug 2019 • Couples
While occupying a relatively flat piece of land on Bull Island, Royal Dublin is a superlative golfing experience. Perfectly maintained and staffed, the course is top notch and presents a stiff challenge from tees that can stretch to 7500 yards for those qualified to play such a test. Great green complexes and a very interesting layout.
Written 23 August 2019
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EEEEA1234
Hong Kong Island, China412 contributions
Over-rated
Jul 2019 • Solo
Straight forward links course that is very narrow and you can lose your golf balls in the long grass by being a little off. Design is really nothing special.

The course is by the sea but the course doesn’t take advantage of the views.

Many other better courses in Dublin area.
Written 13 July 2019
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born2travel09
Portland,Oregon38 contributions
Long golf course
Jun 2019 • Couples
Played this golf course. It is very long compared to US. They were very nice. I pro gave me a women score card.Tees play 6000 yards. This is different from the mens. It has no slope or rating, We asked for posting purposes and they said there was not one. They have no women members.
Written 10 June 2019
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228pieterk
Stockholm, Sweden37 contributions
Tough but fair.
Apr 2019 • Friends
The course was in very good condition despite we were here early in the year. The wind punished the one who has difficulty playing the links, but it is incredibly instructive. Here, the big players have been Seve, Langer etc. Enjoy the historic atmosphere, enjoy the magic golf course, enjoy the magical nature. Finally, enjoy a magic beer after the round.
You will be well looked after by all staff in the shop, resturang, course staff. They know what service is.
Written 16 April 2019
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Travel4Golf
Hopkinsville, KY77 contributions
Nice links course!
Aug 2018 • Friends
Played Royal Dublin on Aug 24, 2018. Front 9 is short and downwind. Back 9 is long and into the wind. The course is relatively flat compared to other Irish courses. I personally enjoyed the quality of their greens and the green complexes. This would be a great first day course when arriving in Dublin to begin a golf trip. Although a very nice course, it is a little less challenging that other links courses in Ireland. A friendly welcome in the Pro Shop as well.
Written 29 August 2018
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aebst24
Pittsburgh, PA1 contribution
Excellent Course & Staff
May 2018 • Couples
Came over from USA for vacation and played at Royal Dublin. Course was in great shape! Excellent customer service from John & staff. When I returned to US, I realized the polo I bought had a minor snag. Without hesitation, John exchanged a no charge return for me. Would highly recommend.
Written 28 June 2018
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RickandDenise9
St. Catharines, Canada129 contributions
Great traditional links & very welcoming
Sep 2017 • Solo
This is a must play in Dublin area for those seeking out true links tracks. Very well groomed throughout and friendly off of the tee. The greens are superb in every way. The staff are very welcoming and members I spoke to were extremely friendly. Don't be trunk slamming here!! Enjoy the good food in a room with a great view of the links. This is a wonderful clubhouse steeped in history and definitely worth a viewing. While I loved the course and everything about it, playing with Ian a long time member was a highlight for me. Thanks Ian I wish the members at my club were so welcoming.
Cheers
Happy Canadian:)
Written 21 September 2017
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Lee1812
Downers Grove, IL6 contributions
Excellent experience.
Sep 2017 • Couples
My wife and I had been planning a trip to visit Ireland and Italy for years. We decided that if we didn't do it now we may never do it. So on my 60th birthday we boarded a plane and flew to Dublin. My wife had made a tee time four months before and I was not going to pass up this opportunity. Unfortunately the weather forecast on the day I was supposed to play called for strong winds. And as everyone knows, it can rain in Ireland at anytime. I experienced it all during my round.
We stayed in Dublin in Parnell Square so we took an Uber to the club.
My wife didn't want to play, but they allowed her to ride along in the buggy.
The course was in great shape. True links course. Take some balls. The fairways can get pretty tight on some of the holes, especially with 30-40 mph winds.
Enjoyed every minute of it. My wife got some great pictures of me playing and plenty of the rainbows. We laughed most of the round because I had never played in weather like this.
It is a members club, but they allow the public to play. The staff and members treated me like I was a member.
After the round my wife and I went into the clubhouse to quench our thirst and a member who I had run into outside the locker room bought our drinks for us. He sat and we talked about what brought us to Ireland. When we were ready to get back, the bartender gladly called us a cab and we were on our way.
I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.
I will be back.
Written 16 September 2017
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jeff g
Tucson, AZ14 contributions
Links Golf Test - big boy golf course
Jul 2017 • Solo
Had a chance to play Royal Dublin (RD) while on a cruise ship trip.

Course is about a 20 minute cab ride from the cruise ship and it is a really nice drive along the coast. There was no Uber in Ireland (july 2017) and cab is the only alternative. the cab ride including tip was around 25 euro each way. You can see the ship from the golf course!

Pre travel, I booked a tee time over the internet and received a 1-day response from RD. They were extremely helpful and others from the cruise were able to reserve in the same tee time.

I travel with clubs so the green fee + caddy + tip was 225 euro. The green fee was pre-paid. There are cheaper deals, but the ship sailings limited my options to weekday rack rate.

I reserved a caddie, and it turned out that we had 2 caddies for 3 people in the group. This slowed us down a bit as we were hitting it all over the lot and we worked the caddies to death searching for balls. This is not a course if you cannot hit it straight. We played the guest tees (6500 yards) and it was a strong test. It can be hard to get a rhythm when there is a search on most of the holes. All in all, we played in 4:15 which was great, but it seemed longer. The caddies kept us going and really did a ton of work. I would use them again as they were pleasant, upbeat, and knowledgable. Both were high school students and club members (Max and Mark).

The driving range and practice green were ok. The range tee area was pretty chopped up (we started at 2:00 PM so likely it was better in the AM). The practice green was far better and was a good approximation for on-course greens.

I played on a day with reverse wind so the group was into the wind on the front and down wind on the back. The caddies said this was unusual. The course layout is a traditional down and back for 18 holes with a couple of deviations. Take a snack when you start as the 9th green is far from the clubhouse. I play to a 12.7 index.

I am guessing we played in about a 10-15 MPH wind and that was more than enough for me. I really liked the course and enjoyed the round as it required a great deal of thought about positioning and club selection. Each hole was interesting, different, and challenging and this is really a course for stronger golfers. If you struggle with greenside bunkers, then get practice before you get to RD as there are a lot of deep greenside bunkers with steep faces. The course/club dates back to the 1880's and there is a lot of history. It looks and feels very traditional.

After the round we had a few beers and a scone (delicious!) and the staff was pleasant and helpful. The pro shop was closed when we got in at 6:15 and that was a bit disappointing, but understandable.

All in all, this is a strong golf experience for more advanced players. I think that the reverse wind made it a bit harder as the front 9 is far longer than the back 9. I would come back and play here again.
Written 28 July 2017
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Jay M
Minneapolis, MN404 contributions
Great Course & Excellent Staff with Less-than-Stellar Views
Jun 2017 • Friends
First of all, I liked the Royal Dublin Golf Course a lot. It was in great shape and the staff was exceptional. My caddie (15-year-old Max) was the BEST caddie I had all week as I played 8 other courses over 9 days in the south of Ireland. The starter was very helpful and the bar staff was friendly and fun. So if you like playing classic Irish links courses with a bit of wind on every hole (of course), you'll like Royal Dublin. Don't forget to enjoy some of the photos and a Guinness at the end of the round. And don't forget to ask for Max! He's only going to be there for another couple of years before he plays college golf - perhaps in the States.
Written 20 June 2017
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