Set in the foothills of the majestic Wicklow mountains in Ireland, the stunning Dun Laoghaire Golf Club is in situated close to Enniskerry in Co. Wicklow, but resides on the Dublin side of the Dublin-Wicklow border.
The course left their original seaside location of Dun Laoghaire in 2007, after almost 100 years, for the breath-taking Ballyman Glen, nestled at the foot of the spectacular Sugarloaf Mountain.
The origins of the Club date back as far as 1909, when a number of Kingstown (as Dun Laoghaire was formerly known) residents assembled at the town’s Royal Marine Hotel on December 9th for the inaugural meeting of Kingstown Golf Club.
The Club rapidly began to take shape; several hundred Men and Lady Associates were elected and 36 acres of land were leased at Eglinton Park and Highthorn, a nine-hole course was designed; and a clubhouse was built for the princely sum of £1,265.
In 1910 the course was extended to 18 holes and after World War 1, the renowned golf architect, Harry Colt, designed a new layout for the course. In the 1970s, it became clear that maintaining an 18-hole golf course on 78 acres in a residential area was no longer feasible and the opportunity to relocate to a 330-acre site at Ballyman Glen arose.
With the official move to Ballyman Glen in 2007, both members and visitors were delighted with what is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s most beautiful and challenging courses comprising of three 9-hole courses - with five sets of tees - designed to test the mettle of weekend players and low handicappers alike.
Since its foundation in 1910, Dun Laoghaire Golf Club has built up an impressive array of approximately 85 Cups & Trophies, won many esteemed accolades, such as the IGTOA Parkland Course of the Year 2016, and has hosted many prestigious events, such as hosting the Curtis Cup in 2016.
The prestigious 39th Curtis Cup Match was a three-day competition, where eight players from Great Britain & Ireland took on their counterparts from USA. With three foursomes and three fourball matches on each of the first two days, and eight singles matches on the final day, a total of 20 points was up for grabs. Irish interest were represented by Maria Dunne and Leona Maguire (who also played in 2010 and 2012), but the home supporters were very much cheering for a GB&I win. Their voices were heard, as the Great Britain & Ireland team went on to win 11½ to 8½ in the end.
As you would expect from a golf club of this standard, the practice and teaching facilities at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club are, quite literally, second to none.
From a 13-bay covered driving range and dedicated chipping and bunker practice areas to its state-of-the-art Academy with indoor swing and putting studios and the most up-to-date golf tutoring software. There’s also a fully stocked golf shop and resident golf professional.
The clubhouse, with its bars, restaurants and well-appointed function rooms, is one of the finest facilities of its kind.
The Clubhouse enjoys panoramic views over the Middle and Lower courses, and the Wicklow hills, Irish coastline and beyond. The spacious putting green beside the clubhouse boasts similar panoramic views, providing a welcome distraction before your game. Pack in your camera, you won’t regret it.
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