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Hole by hole

A Bird's Eye View of Royal Dublin Golf Club

Fly Over Each Hole

Our fly-over videos let you experience each hole of our traditional out-and-back links course from a bird’s eye perspective. Listen, as our expert guides you, hole by hole, through a round of golf at the Royal Dublin Golf Club.

Front 9

The outward half of the course plays with the advantage of the prevailing south-westerly wind. Three par 3s, four par 4s and two par 5s make up an interesting and varied par 35 for the first nine holes. The excellent 5th hole requires an accurate tee shot to a narrow fairway flanked by sand hills while the 8th is a deceptively tough hole with risk and reward from the tee box to an elevated, contoured green. The testing 9th (par 3) signals the farthest point of the course and the turn for home.

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North Bull Par 4 - Index 10 - 387 yards

Pro's Tip

Be aware of wind swirl from the clubhouse on the first tee. Aim for the bunker on the left side of the fairway. If you are long enough to reach it, you can still make the green.

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Babington's Par 5 - Index 18 - 467 yards

Pro's Tip

The two bunkers on the left side are the best line, unless you can carry the right bunker. If you can, the green is reachable with an iron.

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Alps Par 4 - Index 8 - 400 yards

Pro's Tip

Best target is the right corner of Curley's Yard. It is a small green so a well-positioned tee shot is important. Avoid the fall off and bunkers on the left side of the green.

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Feather Bed Par 3 - Index 16 - 173 yards

Pro's Tip

Usually plays a mid-iron. If you don't make the green, short is best.

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Ireland's Eye Par 4 - Index 2 - 446 yards

Pro's Tip

Left centre of fairway is the line from the tee. Land the second shot short and allow the ball to run in.

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Valley Par 5 - Index 6 - 573 yards

Pro's Tip

The bunker on the right is your target line. If you think you can reach it, you’d better play a 3 wood. The target for your second shot is the bunker on the right corner. If you feel you can reach it, keep left.

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Ardilaun Par 3 - Index 12 - 187 yards

Pro's Tip

Target line is left of centre.

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Ben Howth Par 4 - Index 4 - 388 yards

Pro's Tip

Bunker in distance is the target line – avoid missing the green on the left.

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Davidson's Par 3 - Index 14 - 163 yards

Pro's Tip

Clubbing is critical to avoid bunkers.

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Back 9

The homeward nine usually plays into the prevailing wind. One par 3, six par 4s and two par 5s make up a par-37 back nine beginning with the index-one 10th hole, a long hole requiring a good drive and an even better approach that may require a conservative lay-up.  A long, five-hole stretch represents an opportunity for players to score well before the championship-calibre final three holes. The often drivable par-4 16th is guarded by seven pot bunkers. Players do well on the 17th to avoid bunkers on their drives and their approach shots to a green with a narrow entrance. The Royal Dublin’s signature hole, the 18th, completes the round. With the out-of-bounds ‘Garden’, it provides a challenging dog-leg par 4 which threatens both wayward drives and aggressive approach shots, and always provides a memorable finish. 

Fly Over photography by Cathal Leonard of Armedea and Voice and Golf strategy by Colin Byrne, Tour Caddy.

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Marne Par 4 - Index 1 - 441 yards

Pro's Tip

Plays the longest par 4 on the course. Aim for the left side of the fairway from the tee. A solid strike is required for the approach shot to clear the burn in front of the green.

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Colt's Par 5 - Index 11 - 544 yards

Pro's Tip

Bunkers on both sides of the fairway must be avoided with the second shot. The centre of this green is heavily contoured. Your best chance of a birdie is to be on the same side of the green as the flag.

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Campbell's Par 3 - Index 15 - 185 yards

Pro's Tip

The line is straight off the tee. If you miss the green you are better to be short.

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Dardanelles Par 4 - Index 3 - 432 yards

Pro's Tip

Right centre of the mounds is the target line off the tee. The green is long and narrows to the back.

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Moran's Par 5 - Index 13 - 545 yards

Pro's Tip

Only the very long hitters can make the carry over the drain with their second shot.

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Hogan's Par 4 - Index 7 - 433 yards

Pro's Tip

A challenging par 4. Avoid the rough on the left off the tee. Your second shot can play longer than it looks.

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Dolly Par 4 - Index 17 - 285 yards

Pro's Tip

At last, a birdie chance if you can avoid all the bunkers guarding the approach.

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Coastguard's Par 4 - Index 9 - 422 yards

Pro's Tip

The ideal line off the tee is over the bunker on the right if you are feeling brave; otherwise you will have to carry a mound to the front left of the green.

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Garden Par 4 - Index 5 - 463 yards

Pro's Tip

Off the tee, the right side of the fairway sets up the possibility of carrying the out-of-bounds and lateral water hazard to make the green, which is the largest on the links.

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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.

Pádraig Harrington - 3 Time Major Champion
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