The Island is actually misnamed as it sits at the end of a peninsula just outside Dublin rather than truly on an island. The course looks like it is situated on an island as the routing is surrounded by water on three sides.
However, until 1973 the club was only accessed by rowing across a narrow stretch of water from Malahide to what was referred to as “the island” – hence the Club’s name.
The current championship course has benefitted from the input of world-renowned golf course architects – Fred and son Martin Hawtree, Eddie Hackett and Ron Kirby, and most recently Martin Ebert of Mackenzie and Ebert in 2019.
It has hosted Open Championship Qualifying, The Irish Ladies Close Championship, The Irish Close Championship, The Irish PGA, The Irish Amateur, and The Open Amateur Championship with Portmarnock Golf Club.
Original members of the club, playing out at the course would display a large red & white disc from the clubhouse to the waiting boatman to fetch them after their round. In 1973 when the new clubhouse was built at the other end of the course it became accessible by road.
In the late 1880s ten members of what was then The Dublin Golf Club (now Royal Dublin GC) referred to as “The Syndicate’ rowed across to assess the suitability as a site for a new golf club.
They liked what they saw and enlisted the local farmer to help scythe what was to become the fairways and green sites and The Island was created.
No record exists of the original designer’s name it was more of a collaborative effort. The course was unusual for the day as it followed the valleys between the dunes and the path of least resistance in its routing.
It was also different in that it had no military affiliation – all the members were private citizens and The Syndicate, and their descendants controlled the Club until 1952. In 1952 they gifted full membership privileges to the associate members as well.
The Club has had a very active Ladies’ division, with most successes of the members in outside competitions coming between 1910 and the Second World War when all the clubs suffered.
Near Dublin, golf courses including Portmarnock, Jameson Links, Royal Dublin and European Golf Club a are must plays. These can be enjoyed alongside the vibrant culture of the Republic of Ireland’s iconic capital city.
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