The Greats

The Greats

At the Royal Dublin
Legends of the Game

Perhaps the greatest pioneer in the history of the game, Old Tom Morris, came to the Royal Dublin and played two matches here on June 7, 1894. Also in that year, the Royal Dublin hosted its first championship event, the Irish Amateur Open.

Since then, the greatest golfers in the world – both professional and amateur – have come to play in tournaments at the famed links.

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Seve Ballesteros

Seve Ballesteros

Seve Ballesteros

Winner of six majors and three Irish Opens, two at Royal Dublin (1983 and 1985).

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus

Holder of the record of 18 major titles. 

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson

Winner of the 2016 US Open.

Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer

Masters champion and winner of the Irish Open at Royal Dublin in 1984.

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen

Oosthuizen wins Irish Amateur Open at Dollymount

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen made his first visit to Royal Dublin in May 2002 when he shot a four under par final round of 68 to win the Irish Amateur Open Championship by a single shot over the Dollymount Links.

The 19 year old South African from Swellendam was nine behind halfway leader Paul Bradshaw starting the final day but youngster from the Southern Cape shot a 71 in the morning’s play followed by a 68 in the afternoon which included five birdies in the first nine holes.

Despite a monstrous drive and perfect six-iron to 25 feet, Oosthuizen three putted the difficult 18th to set a clubhouse target of five under par 283 with rounds of 73 71 71 68. It was good enough for a one shot victory over Paul Bradshaw.

A product of the Ernie Els Foundation, Oosthuizen looked like schoolboy compared to the rest of the field. “I just try to enjoy myself on the course,” he said. “Ernie Els has told us to go out and have fun and that’s what I tried to do today. It’s a real thrill from me to win here.”

He followed in the steps of fellow South African Bobby Locke who as an 18 year old on his first visit to Europe won the low amateur prize at the Open Championship of Ireland played at Royal Dublin.  Louis Oosthuizen went on to win the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews and was subsequently made an Honorary Member at Royal Dublin.

Old Tom Morris

Old Tom Morris

Old Tom Morris

Old Tom Morris visits Royal Dublin

In June 1894 Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews, a winner of four Opens Championships, visited Dollymount. The members of the Royal Dublin Golf Club gave him a warm welcome on his arrival, brisk and hale. Playing on the evening of his arrival at Dollymount, with Anthony Brown, the club professional, Old Tom went round in 88 an excellent score, and one that, with knowledge of the links, might easily have been under 80.

On Wednesday Old Tom and Mr Tom Gilroy (the Captain of the club and regarded as the best player in Ireland) played Brown and Mr John Petrie. The match was halved, as Old Tom’s approaches to the greens on the back nine helped the Morris/Gilroy partnership get back on level terms. In the book, The Life of Tom Morris, the following day (Thursday) a return match was played, which ended in a win for the Captain and the visitor by one hole.

It had been proposed by Mr Petrie that Old Tom Morris be engaged to lay out the course at Dollymount but in the end it was John Lumsden and Tom Gilroy who took on task.

"Is there need to add," says a report, "that all the members of the Club gave a hearty welcome to the grand old champion, that we look forward to another visit from him soon, and that he departed with good wishes for his success at Sandwich during the Championship Meeting"

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Winner of four major tournaments.

Pádraig Harrington

Pádraig Harrington

Pádraig Harrington

3 Time Major Champion

Dublin native and three-time major winner Pádraig Harrington has been a frequent visitor to Royal Dublin over the years, including a memorable round with former United States President Bill Clinton and U2 guitarist Edge.

Given its quality and location, the Royal Dublin Golf Club is perfect for anyone staying in the city and looking to play a great links golf course.

Ernie Els

Ernie Els

Ernie Els

Winner of British and US Opens.  Colin Byrne, club member caddied for him.

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

Ryder Cup Captain 2016 and winner of the Open Championship in 2011.

The Royal Dublin Golf Club is a superb links test with a very rich history.  It's a course I always enjoy playing  and it offers a fair and difficult challenge

David Feherty

David Feherty

David Feherty

Television commentator David Feherty won his first professional tournament at Royal Dublin – the 1980 Irish National PGA Championship.

Christy O’Connor

Christy O’Connor

Christy O’Connor

The greatest Irish player of his generation and associated with Royal Dublin since 1959

Famous Faces at Royal Dublin

Many personalities have played the Royal Dublin over the years, among them President Clinton, pictured with then Club President Mr Frank McDevitt on the occasion of his visit in 2004.  President Clinton returned a few years later and renewed acquaintance with Anthony Birney our starter, who caddied for him on both visits to the club. Sadly, Anthony developed MND and passed away in 2016, but not before he had received a personal letter from the former President wishing him well.

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Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby

The greatest entertainer of his day, and star of stage and screen.

Brian O’Driscoll

Brian O’Driscoll

Brian O’Driscoll

The former Ireland and British and Irish Lions captain who was a junior member as a youngster of the Royal Dublin and is now an Honorary Member.