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

Winner of the 2002 Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin and of the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews, Louis is now an Honorary Member at Royal Dublin.

Old Tom Morris

Old Tom Morris

Old Tom Morris

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

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.