Royal Dublin Golf Club
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Dating back to 1885, The Royal Dublin Golf Club is the second oldest in Ireland. The original course was situated in Phoenix Park to the west of the city, but in 1889 The Club moved to its present home on Bull Island just off the eastern edge of the city's coastline. During the First World War, the course was taken over by the military and used as a rifle and artillery range. With £10,000 compensation, the clubhouse was re-constructed and the links re-designed by Harry Colt, the world famous golf course architect from Sunningdale, in 1920. In the history of the Club, it is likely that the period 2000 - 2007 will be seen as a watershed, a time when the Club's members took the steps necessary to restore the golf links to greatness and to modernise the clubhouse to complement the course. Martin Hawtree, the specialist links architect, was engaged to bring the links up the challenge of the modern game. This project was completed in 2006 and has resulted in a 7,200 yard par 72 golf links of outstanding quality. Royal Dublin has that very endearing of quality of making you feel like a member for the day. The welcome is warm, and your visit is appreciated. How can anyone not enjoy playing these wonderful links courses through the day and sampling the atmosphere of Dublin by night?