For a Dublin links course, The Island’s big dunes are an anomaly. And not only are they big but they are varied and glorious too. They promise a links course where every hole is different and bursting with drama. The opening run of eight consecutive par fours makes this abundantly apparent, combining long and short holes with blind shots, big dunes, ridges, hollows and the unexpected. It is absorbing stuff.
The back nine are even better as you’re drawn back out to the sea. This is where history enhances the experience… nowhere more so than on the 14th tee box, which was the foundation for the original clubhouse, on the edge of the Malahide Estuary. For over 80 years golfers had to row across the sea to reach the course.