There is nothing manicured and it’s all very harmonious and in tune with its surroundings. There is a fair amount of vegetation on the right side as you play up to the green as well as the shot hit far too long will find the water behind the green. Hole 10This long par 5 Challenges you to fade tee a shot along the border of the course, bunkers guard the left, the green is protected by a deep hollow to the right, Hole 11A drive over a crest reveals a kink to the right with a green that lays the other way, a hard shot to visualise, Hole 12A classic risk reward tee shot over 2 massive dunes, hard to work out the club/line first time around, the green is raised but is a semi punchbowl at the back. The par-3 13th is an heroic challenge, a bit of Cypress Point or Kingsbarns except with the steeples of the village in the background. From the tips, the golf course now measures 6,903 yards with par set at 71. The look from the tee tempts one so much to try to go as right as possible even if there is no reason to do so. The ultimate Irish country escape - stay here for good golf and luxury accommodations. The fifth, a blind, downhill tee ball, is more forgiving than it looks. A line drive along the beach, this is a gentle hole before some stern stuff over the coming holes, that is unless its windy. We very much enjoyed it even when it was wet and windy. How much better would the hole would be with a wider fairway that gradually tapers down the more one seeks to propel the tee shot down the fairway. How bad was it Johnnie? Can’t wait to come back here again, a special experience., Respond to above review  There’s no denying that if you are offline you will be punished at The Island with either a lie that requires a hack-out, or a lost ball in the mighty sandhills, but there is just about enough width to get away with it although the penal nature of the course counts as a slight black mark against it. See other reviews from Ed Battye. Lofty no doubt -- but The Island clearly stands apart. The Island Golf Club has 32 reviews. It had a role in forming the dunes, and it will certainly have a role in determining how well you score! It seems like it should be a neasy par with a fair chance at a birdie. Yeah, yeah. The new design now has great variety with different configurations, hazard placements, green shapes and green contours. The 14th is more of a talking point for the 19th hole and almost a distraction to the sum total of what The Island truly provides. The signature hole, a massive 200m/220y par 3 over a rocky beach, Malahide is in the background - golf heaven! If you have played it before and liked the old layout you will love the five new holes on the front. The massive dunes were fun to navigate, and the course was super firm and fast ahead of the Amateur. located in the carry of the original par three 9th hole. It's a must play in the area. Three bunkers guard the front of the green and catch a lot of balls that are hit short. or send a message. The green is two-tiered and slopes to the right. It was so bad that a few flagsticks were pulled from their cups and were rolling down the fairway. While visiting the Emerald Isle last year, I had time for one last round to sneak in before catching my flight in the morning back to the United States. Some of the most shaggy, rugged and looming sand dunes imaginable provide natural and distinct amphitheatres for many of the holes. This is a true links course, right on the Irish sea, and absolutely beautiful.. We were fortunate enough to be able to play 36 holes on this day.. we walked all 36.. The fairway rises slightly as you approach the large, deep green which is fronted by two bunkers. Established in 1890, The Island Golf Club enjoys a unique setting bordered by sea on 3 sides. The miss at the green is clearly to the left side. It is a straight hole but a short approach shot and even landing on the green moves the ball to the right so play in is to the left or center of the green. You are actually abutting Corballis Links Golf Club as you walk off the green to the sixth tee. This is highlighted as one of the best holes on the golf course and I certainly agree. Although similar in length to the fourth, it looks and plays very differently. There is a large dip for a grass bunker in front of the green that I do not find to be difficult as I watched others play out of it. I particularly like the green complex with the two deep bunkers right and one left but with added grass bunkers and fall offs around the green leading one’s ball into fairly deep swales. And the setting at The Island Golf Club is beautiful, especially the back nine along the bay with scenic Malahide in the distance. On our second day, of a week of Irish golf, we played The Island Golf Club.. It's definitely no-frills, the pro shop reminded me of my local muni (that's a compliment I swear). There are no bunkers on this hole and there probably should be a few in the fairway as well as at the green. Was this review helpful? Green-fees start from around the €150 mark which is a lot of money for a game of golf and there are few courses I would ever advise anyone to pay this sum for hitting a little white ball over some sandy ground, but I think you get good value at The Island. Two fairway bunkers are on the right which can often be more of a blessing to find them. The better play to the green is down the left side yet three fairway bunkers are on the left. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.Accept Read More Love this course, definitely should be on everyone's "to play" list. No baseball caps are permitted in the clubhouse. In this unique setting, The Island Golf Club is surrounded by the sea on three sides and yet, is only a 15-minute drive from Dublin Airport. Despite starting with 8 par 4s in a row, there isn’t a boring moment or a weak hole. A long par 4 finishes The Island. and this hole became the new 8th, before the old 8th and 9th were combined to This course is as natural as Ballybunion Old and Lahinch Old. for the club in 2016 which resulted in the club reworking the bunkers on five Consistently ranked among the top courses in Ireland, it is required playing for those wishing to gain a true links experience. In the summer, if you are unfortunate and wayward enough to find the dunes, be careful to avoid trampling on the wild dune flowers. Members telling you they less prefer Portmarnock are suffering from 'my beautiful child syndrome'. Dips and swales are on the back and right of the green. Players will finish on the great par four, index one, where you can see in the distance the flag 460 yards away from the elevated tee. Consistently ranked among the top courses in Ireland, it is required playing for those wishing to gain a true links experience. The Island is a must-play classic links course which is set in a rugged terrain. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.