Royal Dublin


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Links is open for play today, Buggies are permitted and the range is open. Updated: 18th Apr 2024

Pádraig Harrington

3 Time Major Champion

Pádraig is one of our greatest players and universally popular with golf followers at home and abroad.

Renowned for his dedication to practice and always seeking improvement, the man from Stackstown GC ushered in a new era for golf on this island starting in a memorable 2007 season.

Pádraig’s first big breakthrough on native soil came with his Irish Open Championship win at Adare Manor in May of that year.

Prior to that, 25 years elapsed since the last home winner, John O’Leary, triumphed in our national professional Open.

The best was yet to come. Within two months of the Irish Open win, his career reached a new level at Carnoustie where Pádraig defeated Sergio Garcia of Spain in a playoff to lift the Claret Jug.

A year later he retained the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in and then capped a magical 13 months by victory in the US PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, where he had helped Europe defeat the USA in 2004.

The Irish Major Champions who followed Pádraig to the highest honours in golf, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, and Rory McIlroy all acknowledged the importance of Pádraig’s breakthrough.

If he could do it, then so could they, and how well they followed his example.

Shane Lowry’s Open Championship success at Royal Portrush in 2019 added another stirring chapter to the ever-evolving story of Irish golf.

As one generation follows another, so it was that a young Pádraig had looked to the example set by the great Christy O’Connor Senior, forever to be linked with Royal Dublin.

Pádraig had the good fortune as a rising star in the amateur ranks and later as a professional to play a number of times with Christy Senior in the Links Golfing Society at Royal Dublin and other venues.

Taking every opportunity to learn from his illustrious playing partner, Pádraig had the height of respect for Christy Senior and cherished every moment he spent in his company.

Pádraig’s career took on a new dimension when he was selected as Europe’s captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup match against the USA at Whistling Straits.

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.


The Greats


The Royal Dublin Golf Club

North Bull Island Nature Reserve , Dollymount, Dublin 3 , Ireland

Phone: +353 1 833 6346 | Fax: +353 1 833 6504


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