Did you ever find somewhere you wanted to shout about but at the same time keep to yourself?
This place is something of a cherished secret among golfers, a classic and challenging links course over 100 years old which deserves to be far better known. Though the secret may finally be out – this was Course of the Year in 2004.
The club dates back to the 1880s and until 1973 was only accessible by boat, now there is a road. Less than 12 miles from Dublin it is surrounded almost completely by water, an exposed location which adds to the golfing test.
There isn’t a weak hole here and many are just wonderful. The 13th is famously tricky, requiring you to hit your tee shot right across the estuary, a distance of some 210 yards and with the possibility of a wind blowing fiercely against you!
Standing on the elevated tee at the 6th the sight of three ferocious bunkers will give long hitters especially pause for thought. The only sensible option here is to hit short, but that leaves a very tricky shot to the green. The course is full of this sort of conundrum and will keep you thinking all the way.
The course is beautifully kept and has excellent facilities for visitors.
Green Fees: €55-€115
A small road leading from the M1, signposted Donabate and not visible on the map below snakes around the coast of the Estuary to the Island Golf Club.