The Sutton area is richly served by quality Dublin Golf Courses that we have to give it a separate section. Among our best courses are some of the world’s and Ireland’s finest Links courses, including two Championship courses, Portmarnock and Royal Dublin.
Sutton Golf Club
‘Voted Ireland’s Best 9 Hole Course 2020 by The Golfers Guide to Ireland’
A club and course the members are happy to claim occupies a unique place in Irish golf. A bold claim but one which the club is confident in making. It is also generally acknowledged to be the most famous nine hole club in Ireland with a reputation that extends all around the golfing world.
Much of that reputation is due in no small measure to the exploits of JB Carr, undoubtedly the most famous amateur golfer Ireland has ever produced. A glittering career saw him win over 40 important championships, including three Amateur Championships. A true golfing superstar – on a world stage.
But JB is only one of the many reasons as to why Sutton is unique in the world of Irish golf. For almost 50 years there was always at least one Sutton member on the Irish international team. On the administration side two members went on to become Presidents of the GUI and the Sutton Ladies also added to the reputation, with the Lauder sisters becoming the first sisters ever to play for Ireland over 100 years ago, while the late Catherine Booth was president of the Ladies Golf Union for three years.
And then there is the golf course itself – a wonderful location on the Cush peninsula, a links landscape superbly maintained, and a challenge to test even the best of games.
Truly a unique place in Irish golf.
Portmarnock Golf Club (Championship Links Course)
One of the premium Links courses in the world, it has been the venue for the Irish Open Championship, Walker Cup and many more Championship events. There are 27 holes resting on a fine sandy soil.
4km. Turn right out the Hotel Gate and travel the beautiful coastal drive for 3km to Portmarnock. Turn left at first set of traffic lights. The Club is at the end of this road.
The Island Golf Club
Located across the estuary from Malahide but accessed from the N1 and Donabate. The Island Golf Club was established in 1890 and, surrounded by the sea on three sides, it enjoys a unique setting. Until as recently as 1973 the club was approached by boat from Malahide across the estuary. Fred Hawtree, Eddie Hackett and more recently Martin Hawtree have made course design improvements, ensuring that the true nature and character of the links are enhanced. Qualifying Course of the Open Championship 2005. The Island was ranked no 26 “must play” Golf Courses in Golf World’s November 2005 issue.
Royal Dublin Golf Club (Championship Links Course)
This is one of the finest links courses in Ireland. The layout is traditional but the wind factor can make this course very hazardous. It has been the venue for many Championships both National and International.
12km. Turn right out the Hotel Gate and travel through Portmarnock and Baldoyle. (No turns except at a small roundabout in Portmarnock, stay left) Reaching a T junction, turn right and proceed for 6km, turn left onto the wooden bridge. Royal Dublin is 0.5km on your left.
Malahide Golf Club
‘A light Heart and Cheerful Spirit’
Malahide Golf Club is located halfway between the picturesque seaside villages of Malahide and Portmarnock in North County Dublin just a very short trip from Sutton.
Originally a 9 hole links in Malahide village, the Club moved to the Beechwood Estate in 1987 and over the following 3 years, developed the land into a very fine 27 hole golf course with a beautiful Club House offering full bar and restaurant, pro-shop and practice area facilities.
The course was originally designed by Eddie Hackett but has since seen two major re-designs, the first in 2010 under the watchful eye of Jeff Howes and more recently in 2017 when a number of holes were re-developed under the stewardship of the world renowned Martin Hawtree.
The club has a proud history dating back to 1892 making it one of the oldest clubs in Ireland. Distinguished members over the years include Tom Craddock, Irish international and Walker Cup player, Paddy Caul, Irish International player and Philip Walton our most famous son, a 3 time winner on the European PGA Tour and winner of the clinching point in the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill.
Located so close to some of the best golf links in the world, Malahide Golf Club is often left undiscovered by visitors to Ireland but those who have found us often refer to Malahide as a ‘hidden gem’ and return year after year.
So why not put Malahide Golf Club into your itinerary when visiting Ireland next time where, as our motto says, you will be met with ‘A light Heart and Cheerful Spirit’.