The Royal Dublin Golf Club is home to a superb and very traditional golf links on Bull Island in Dublin Bay. Bull Island is of historical interest in its own right. Captain William Bligh (of HMS Bounty fame) recommended the building of a sea wall to facilitate the safe approach of shipping into Dublin Port. The wall, known as the Bull Wall, was constructed in the early 1800s and a direct consequence was the formation of a sand bank which has grown ever since and has become Bull Island. The famous golf architect Harry Colt was brought in to design the course following its destruction by the military during the First World War. His work brought a measure of fame to the Club and the course has been sought out for prestigious golfing events ever since and the list of great golfers who have played the links is long and distinguished, and includes major winners like Ian Woosnam, Ian Baker Finch, Curtis Strange, Sandy Lyle, Corey Pavin, Bob Charles and Wayne Grady.
In addition, television commentator David Feherty won his first professional tournament at Royal Dublin- The 1980 Irish National PGA Championship. In fact Royal Dublin hosted the tournament from 1978 through 1980 and was won by Christy O’Connor, Des Smyth and David Feherty respectively. The tournament continues to this day as the Irish PGA Championship which was won by Padraig Harrington the week before both of his British Open victories