The Island opened for play in 1890 and is one of Ireland’s best private member’s clubs. Founder members known as the syndicate controlled the memberships and kept things incredibly exclusive in the initial opening days. It was not until 1952 once founder members had passed down membership to next of kins that there was a decision to pass over the entire operation to the annual season ticket holders and the Island relaxed measures and opened its doors to an increased number of players. And now in modern-day times you can get a green fee on the Island.
Few people know about the Island Golf Club despite its rich heritage and history, but that’s O.K. A leading Golf Magazine once said “ It’s the best golf course in Ireland you have never heard of. Play it and tell no one!”
The course is incredibly natural and not in any way artificial, It is rugged, it’s in tune with the natural surroundings. Although we do not know who initially laid out the course design Martin Hawtree has in recent years revised and updated the course.
The Island is a course that we highly recommend you playing if a Dublin Tour is something you are looking to plan.
We do not want to give too much away about the Island as we feel it has a lovely spot in the Cult Golf Course world. However our Signature hole is the 18th (Boulia Field) A Great closing hole that is on the borders of being a par 5, You require a straight drive through a valley of dunes, It is not until you reach the end of the valley that you see the green open up for you first viewing, The Deepest Green on the whole course where Pin position really will determine your next shot in. Driving from the deck is not uncommon for back left pin positions.