St. Anne's golf club Dublin

St. Anne's golf course Dublin

St. Anne's Golf Course

St. Anne's Club Crest

St. Anne's Golf Club is an impressive and testing 18-holes links golf course (par 71) situated on Dublin's most famous ecological attraction - Bull Island Nature Reserve in Dublin Bay. The island, a bird sanctuary under the protection of Unesco, is natural links terrain of sand and dunes. The island's beach is over three miles long.

In 2003 St. Anne's completed a major development of the course and clubhouse, which affords spectacular panoramic views of the bay and Wicklow Mountains beyond. Visitors are welcome all year round and are greeted with traditional friendliness. Restaurant facilities are available all day.

Links Course playable all year round. Close to Dublin Airport, seaports and city centre. Full bar and dining facilities for up to 200. Buggies and golf carts available.

The club has always been renowned for its friendliness to the visiting golfer and I am delighted to be able to report that this has not changed over the years. The Links has some spectacular views of Dublin Bay, Howth Head and the Dublin - Wicklow Mountains in the distance, together with some challenging and memorable golf holes.

The legendry Paddy Skerritt was the resident professional at St. Anne's for decades. Paddy was one of golf's true gentlemen and has left an indelible mark on Irish golf and his hand is to be found as architect on several golf courses Achill Island is one that comes to mind.

After your round of golf relax in the clubhouse bar and reflect on what a wonderful job the members of St. Anne's have achieved over the past two decades.

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 92-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2020 (Down-5)

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 87-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2019 (Up-5)

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 92-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Same);

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 92-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Down-5);

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 87-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Up-3);

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 90-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Down-3);

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 87-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Down-3);

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 84-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Down-2);

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 82-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

St. Anne’s was voted the No. 71-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Green Fees Midweek High Season: €110
Green Fees Saturdays & B.H. High Season: €130
Green Fees Low Season Weekdays: €65
Green Fees with a Member: €20
Green Fees for Opens: €25
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: €40
Yes
Buggy Hire: €30 Yes
Soft Spikes: Yes
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €1,614
Full 5-Day Membership Fee: €1,029
Full Juvenile Membership Fee: €305
Entrance Fee: €7,500
Course Type Links
No Holes 18
Members 726
Designer Eddie Hackett Redesigned: Eddie Connaughton
Founded 1921
Address

Bull Island Nature Reserve,
North Bull Island,
Dollymount, Dublin 5

Telephone 01-8336471
Email info@stanneslinksgolf.com
Website St. Anne's golf club website
General Manager: Roger Yates
Captain: Leo George Devitt
Lady Captain: Julie Merrey
President: Therese McCormack
Vice-Captains’:  & 
Hon. Secretary: Kieran Miller, Brian Moyne & Yvonne Keaveny   
Club Pro: Bill Noble
Hon. Treasurer: Noel Minogue, Andrew O'Connell & Ann McKiernan
Comp. Secretary: Johnny Amos & Terry Flood
St. Anne's Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:53.372730
Long:-6.143460
*Please check information before travelling

General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours:8.30am to 11.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities  Days to Avoid: Please contact office
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

St. Anne's Golf Club Fixtures 2021 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2021 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captains' Drive-in Saturday
  Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Sunday 9 May   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men Saturday 16 May   Closed 1
Captain's Prize (Q) Saturday 3 July Sunday 4 July Closed 2
Captain's Prize (Q) Sunday 4 July
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize Day Saturday 10 July
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 17 July   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Sunday 8 August   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 11 September   Closed 1
Start of Open Week
Friday 16 July Friday 23 July Open 8
Foursomes Stableford Friday 16 July Saturday 17 July
Open 1
Foursomes Stableford Saturday 17 July   Open 1
L. & G. 4-Person Team Event Sunday 18 July   Open
1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Monday 19 July   Open
1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event Tuesday 20 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Tuesday 20 July   Open
1
2-Person Team Event
Wednesday 21 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford
Wednesday 21 July   Open 1
L. & G. 4-Person Team Event
Thursday 22 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 22 July
  Open 1
Juvenile Singles 7.30am to 9.00am Friday 23 July   Open 1
Senior Scratch Cup Friday 23 July   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup Friday 23 July   Open 1
Father & Son (Q) Saturday 24 July
Saturday 31 July
Open 6
Father & Son Sunday 25 July
  Open 1
L. & G. Seniors Singles Stableford 50+ Monday 26 July   Open 1
Father & Son Monday 27 July
  Open 1
Father & Son Tuesday 27 July
  Open 1
Father & Son Wednesday 28 July
  Open 1
Father & Son Thursday 29 July
  Open 1
Father & Son Semi-Final
Friday 30 July
  Open 1
Father & Son Final
Saturday 31 July
  Open 1
L. & G. Seniors Singles Stableford 50+ Monday 23 August   Open 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event Tuesday 24 August   Open 1
St. Annes Pro Am Friday 27 August   IPGA 1
Ladies 3-Person Team Event Tuesday 14 September   Open 1
Paddy Skerritt Juvenile Friday 5 November
  Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 71 SSS 72 6,526 yd's
Yellow Par 71 SSS 70 6,264 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 74 5,755 yd's
Blue Par 71 SSS 73 6,717 yd's

Card

Hole Name Hole No. Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
Aldermarsh 1 541 519 507 5 11 464 5 11
St. Fintan’s 2 368 360 352 4 17 269 4 17
Cois Ba 3 187 177 177 3 9 173 3 13
Black Banks 4 412 401 365 4 3 385 4 1
Blue Lagoon 5 396 384 372 4 5 367 4 3
Dolly 6 169 159 149 3 15 141 3 15
Brent 7 476 475 467 4 1 464 5 5
Dublin Bay 8 383 381 358 4 7
346 4 7
Furze 9 386 370 370 4 13 313 4 9
  Out 3,318 3,226 3,117 35   2,922 36  
Burren 10 164 158 133 3 12 103 3 16
Causeway 11 534 523 497 5 6 453 5 12
Ireland’s Eye 12 437 432 402 4 2 385 4 2
Chimney 13 489 480 448 5 18 445 5 6
Leveret 14 399 388 375 4 14 365 4 16
Old Clubhouse 15 390 378 371 4 4 311 4 10
Kish 16 370 363 358 4 10 352 4 4
Kitchen 17 186 178 178 3 16 168 3 14
Clubhouse 18 430 400 385 4 8 351 4 8
  In 3,399 3,300 3,147 36   2,833 36  
  Total 6,717 6,526 6,264 71   5,755 72  
  SSS 73 72 70     74    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 68 Ian Hall (Enniscrone G. C.)

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

2004 Lady Captain Margaret McGuirk (27) and her Captain's Prize Winner Julie Merry (20) were qualifiers in the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Classic at Headfort Golf Club in August 2004 they qualified for the National Finals at Hermitage on 4th October.

Prior to 2001:

St. Anne's won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Portstewart G. C. in 1995, when the team was, Damien Walshe, Willie Kennedy, Tony O'Beirne, Tom McNamara, Colin McCarthy, John Clarke, Martin McQuaide, Derry Healey, Damien Donnelly, Tony Gilroy, Jim Nolan, Tom Conroy, Colm Maguire, Andy Allen, Colm Cullen and Maurice Healy, they were managed by Tommy Maguire and Leo Buckley.

They won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield at Co. Sligo G. C. in 1994, when the team was J. Sheeran, J. Clarke, P. Grogan, W. Kennedy, J. Nolan, T. MacNamara, E. Walshe, F. Mulcahy, D. Dunne, E. Lawless, A. Allen, T. O'Beirne, C. McCarthy, B. Smith, D. O'Riordan, A. Bastible, J. Lynch, T. Gilroy and B. Phelan.

They won the Leinster Final of the Bulmers Pierce Purcell Shield in 1973.

St. Anne's Golf Club got to the Semi-Final of the Leinster Bulmers Senior Cup in 1989 when the team was G. Sheeran, D. Coughlan, M. McEneff, T. A. Doyle and C. Walshe, they were managed by L. Skelton and assisted by E. Lawless.

St. Anne's Golf Club won the Barton Cup in 1995, when the squad was Colm Walsh, Gerry Sheeran, Paul Coughlan, Brian Dunne, Paul Grogan, Michael McEneff, John Kelly, T. A. Doyle, Jim Nolan, David McKeon, Colin McCarthy, Donal Coughlan, Tom MacNamara, Peter Dunne, Tony O'Beirne, Robert Lawless, Pascal Murphy, Tom Toal, Peter Dolan and Declan Hogan, they were managed by Harry Burns.

St. Anne's Golf Club won the Best Cup in 1995 when the team was Bert Horan, Roy Watts, Arthur Bastible, Gordon Mahon, Pat Coughlan, Michael O'Connor, Bill Phelan, Paul Reede, Jack McHugh, Joe Lowe, Greg McGrane, Tom Finn, Jack Lynch, Tony Murphy, Brendan Ginn, Tony Fitzpatrick, Frank Andrews, Dave Egan, Bob Graham and Jimmy McGuirk, they were managed by Tom Doogue and Danny Tolan.

They won the Barton Cup in 1954 when the team was R. Rowlette, D. Collins, J. Morgan, H. Allen, T. Mulhall, L. Buckley, T. Kenny, C. Byrne, J. C. Sheeran, J. S. Plaisted and D. Darby.

St. Anne's won the Uden Cup in 1971 when the team was, C. Coleman, R. Tucker, H. Dennis, W. J. Phelan, E. Lawless, F. McLaughlin, C. Brittan, W. McCarthy, G. Hayes, J. Kane, J. Lee and M. Clark-Barry, J. McDonnell was club captain at the time. They won it prior to that in 1954 and 1960 and again in 1973, 1987, 1993 and 1994.

They won the O'Grady Cup in 1998.

They won the Jimmy Carroll Cup in 2001 and Cork Dry Gin Pro-Captain Foursomes in 1976.

The Ladies of St. Anne's won the National Irish Bank Team Trophy in 1997.

They won the Best Cup in 1989, 1995

Andrew Allen and Brian Dunne won the All-Ireland Daly Male Foursomes in 1978.

Peter Dunne and Clem Walsh won the All-Ireland Daly Male Foursomes at Cliftonville G. C. in 1993.

Members who played representative golf for their Province;

C. A. Byrne represented Leinster at Senior Interprovincial level in 1958 playing 6-times won 1-match halved one and lost 4-matches accumulating 3-points;

History of St. Anne's

Instituted 1921 affiliated 1923

The club records the foundation date as 1921 and the first Hon. Secretary was T. Murray. The "Irish Field" on the 27th January 1923, records "At the far end of the Royal Dublin course is another course run by a few enthusiasts and I’m told the golf is quite good" At first, it was played over three-holes and in the following five years it increased to a nine-hole course.

The" Irish Golfers Blue Book", 1939, gives the following account "At the close of the Great War when the Military Authorities restored the Royal Dublin links to the club, a number of young men resident in, Clontarf  and Dollymount were playing already daily on the links.

The club could have asserted their rights but they adopted a sympathetic and sporting attitude towards the "newcomers", offered them a lease on the ground beyond the nine-holes on very reasonable terms and assistance in laying out the course for themselves.

No sooner was the lease granted than the members of St. Anne’s set about their task, they "took off their coats", evening after evening they tramped or cycled to St. Anne’s (not by any means a short walk), to perform their allotted task and before many months they had a lovely course (in the rough) and a comfortable if modest clubhouse.

In the 1980s St. Anne’s extended to eighteen-holes and built a new clubhouse after a fire had destroyed the old one.

What the Club tells us:

St. Annes Golf Club and Nature Reserve is situated on the North Bull Island 4 miles from the centre of Dublin City. The Island has evolved over the past 200 years due to engineering works carried out in Dublin Bay in the 18th and 19th centuries by the building of the Great South Wall in 1790 and the Great North Wall in 1825 to improve access to the Port of Dublin. North Bull Island was deginated as a Biosphere by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations) in 1981 and is the only Biosphere in the world entirely situated in a capital city.

Golf was introduced to the island in 1889 when The Royal Dublin Golf Club obtained permission from Colonel E. Vernon of Clontarf Castle and from Dublin Port and Docks Board to lay out a course and erect a clubhouse on the North Bull Island.

Near the end of the First World War three young friends, Marmaduke Montgomery Devitt, Tussy Murray and Dudley Stuart who enjoyed sailing and fishing from their boat called “Idle Hours” in Dublin Bay, developed an interest in playing the game of golf. They were facilitated in their interest by moonlighting on The Royal Dublin golf links which was situated near the North Bull Wall end of the island, the British Army had commanderd the island to train troops for the First World War and the three enthusiasts were moved on by the army for their own safety. After the the war they proceeded to develop a nine hole golf course further down the island with the old Par 3, 2nd now the 17th hole being the first hole to be built in a natural dune setting. Some difficulty arose with The Royal Dublin Golf Club who had in May of 1904 been granted a lease for a period of 21 years by Sir Arthur Edward Guinness Lord Ardilaun (1840-1915) of nearby St. Anne’s Estate for exclusive rights of playing golf over most of the island.

Marmaduke Devitt and Tussy Murray were granted an audience with, Lady Olivia Charlotte Guinness (nee White) Lady Ardilaun, this was probably due to the fact that Marmaduke’s father Leopold Montgomery Devitt worked in St. Anne’s Estate. The two got permission to play golf, form a club and agreed on the name St. Anne’s after Lady Ardilaun’s estate. the club was inaugurated on the 1st of July 1921when Marmaduke Montgomery Devitt drove in as first Captain. Initially paying a nominal rent to The Royal Dublin Golf Club, a formal twenty year lease was later granted on the 1st November 1926.

Records show the outstanding contributions made by many members down the year’s, but nobody will deny that a special place in the club’s ‘order of merit’ is held by greenkeeper Micheal Collins who was a towering influence in the formative years. The quality of the greens he built –on beds of blood and soot, both of which were available free locally compared more than favorably with the very best championship links greens of the time.

Golf in the early years of St. Anne’s was played in a certain anonymity. Motor cars were few and far between and transport on the island was, of necessity, by bicycle or shanks mare. The difficult access for the members, who could be marooned by high tides, and the remoteness of the club helped forge the friendly atmosphere and club spirit that has endured to this day. The first club house was a corrugated iron pavilion, which was typical at the time, that was something of a landmark for those who ventured far enough down Dollymont beach on sunny summer days.

This, after all, was the ‘early home’ of Paddy Skerritt, St. Anne’s genial professional for thirty eight years whose achievements brought great honour to the club: he rarely left the golfing headlines in a career that spanned over three decades. Eventually the building of the causeway in 1964, divided the nine-hole course. The old clubhouse was left marooned across the road from the first hole. It fell into ruin and was replaced by a new bantile prefabricated concrete club house further down the course.

This move spurred on probaly the most intensive period in St. Anne’s history. An 18-hole course became the determined focus of the club for the following decade. This was an enormous task as it entailed reclamation of land on the lagoon side of the course and involved protracted and sensitive negotaiations on exchange of lands and other issues with Dublin City Council and environmental groups. However the 18- holes were developed and opened to much celebration in 1989.

The new 18-hole course was responsible for one great immediate achievement – a dramatic improvement in the standard of play. St. Anne’s was always a hard nut to crack in golfing competitions, but in the mid-nineties the club became a formidable force and won its first all Ireland pennant – the Pierce Purell Shield at Rosses Point in 1994. This was followed by the club’s- ‘triple crown’ year in 1995 when it retained the Pierce Purcell, and also won the Barton Cup and Best Cup.

These sucesses, and the onset of the Celtic Tiger, once again fuelled ambition in the club. A new era of development and achievement was about to dawn. And it wasn’t long before a total course re-design and a new state –of-the-art clubhouse were on the agenda. Minds – and committees – were working overtime.

The year 2003 was a landmark in the club’s history it saw the club’s dual dream come true. The course professionally redesigned to the most exacting standards while the better elements of the old course remained intact. On the 29th November 2003 a new superbly designed clubhouse was opened with specticular views of surrounding Dublin Bay including top class facilities for members and visitors alike. The following years saw the implementation of further improvements based on development plans which has brought the links to a very high standard.

There are over 40,000 golf courses in the world with an estimated 16 million people playing golf on a regular basis.

Of these a mere 150 are links courses, played on the natural sandy soil terrain between land and sea.

Of these 44 are in Ireland, the remainder being in Britain.

Although practically all of ireland’s links courses are in a areas of great natually beauty only the North Bull Island has being desinated by UNESCO as a Biosphere and is a unique place which is actively managed to promote a balanced relationship between people and nature.

In short, Saint Anne’s and our good neighbour The Royal Dublin are two extremely priveleged clubs in terms of conveinence facilities and environment. Even if the wind blows a bit stiffy at times.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Maureen Ryan 1990 Ladies Captain
H. O. Skelton 1990 Men's Captain
J. J. Byrne 1990 President
Carmel Lynch 1991 Ladies Captain
B. J. Flynn 1991 Men's Captain
W. J. Phelan 1991 President
Lillian Rothwell 1992 Ladies Captain
G. Hayes 1992 Men's Captain
W. J. Phelan 1992 President
Isobel Freaney 1993 Ladies Captain
R. A. Lawless 1993 Men's Captain
B. P. Walsh 1993 President
Ann Sheeran 1994 Ladies Captain
D. Hanly 1994 Men's Captain
B. P. Walsh 1994 President
Margaret Tucker 1995 Ladies Captain
A. Bastible 1995 Men's Captain
B. Smyth 1995 President
Antoinette O'Connor 1996 Ladies Captain
C. F. Cronin 1996 Men's Captain
B. Smyth 1996 President
Bernice Alexander 1997 Ladies Captain
F. G. Cassidy 1997 Men's Captain
M. English 1997 President
Jaqeline Furey 1998 Ladies Captain
Tadg O'Sullivan 1998 Men's Captain
M. English 1998 President
Maeve O'Donovan 1999 Ladies Captain
John F. Dillon 1999 Men's Captain
R. T. Maher 1999 President
Eithne Hayes 2000 Ladies Captain
Frank Andrews 2000 Men's Captain
R. T. Maher 2000 President
Maisie Purcell 2001 Ladies Captain
Tony Gilroy 2001 Men's Captain
K. Hughes 2001 President
Rose Hogan 2002 Ladies Captain
Alf Girvan 2002 Men's Captain
Kevin Hughes 2002 President
Maura Oppermann 2003 Ladies Captain
P. Roche 2003 Men's Captain
B. McKeon 2003 President
Margaret McGuirk 2004 Ladies Captain
John O'Connor 2004 Men's Captain
Brendan McKeon 2004 President
Lola Boyne 2005 Ladies Captain
David McNiece 2005 Men's Captain
Gerry Sheerin 2005 President
Maria McGrath 2006 Ladies Captain
Clem Walsh 2006 Men's Captain
Gerry Sheerin 2006 President
Mary Courtney 2007 Ladies Captain
Pearse Farrell 2007 Men's Captain
Joe Lynch 2007 President
Betty Farrelly 2008 Ladies Captain
Shay McGrath 2008 Men's Captain
Joe Lynch 2008 President
Betty Kelly 2009 Ladies Captain
Pat Furness 2009 Men's Captain
John Dillon 2009 President
Pat Mills 2010 Ladies Captain
Seamus Laffan 2010 Men's Captain
John Dillon 2010 President
Bernie O'Dea 2011 Ladies Captain
Larry Curran 2011 Men's Captain
Tony Gilroy 2011 President
Colette Hughes 2012 Ladies Captain
Damien Murran 2012 Men's Captain
Tony Gilroy 2012 President
Theresa McCormack 2013 Ladies Captain
Eamon Weir 2013 Men's Captain
Cormac Cronin 2013 President
Orlaith Keogh 2014 Ladies Captain
Martin Furey 2014 Men's Captain
Cormac Cronin 2014 President
Mary McGreevy 2015 Ladies Captain
John Smyth 2015 Men's Captain
Tadg O'Sullivan
2015 President
Jean Kelly 2016 Ladies Captain
Diarmuid O'Mordha 2016 Men's Captain
Tadg O'Sullivan 2016 President
Veronica Miller 2017 Ladies Captain
Ben Headon 2017 Men's Captain
David Hanily
2017 President
Rosaline Plunkett 2018 Ladies Captain
Henry Wildgust 2018 Men's Captain
David Hanily 2018 President
Marion Toole 2019 Ladies Captain
Tom Fleming 2019 Men's Captain
Therese McCormack 2019 President
Bernice O'Halloran 2020 Ladies Captain
Fergal McGrath 2020 Men's Captain
Therese McCormack
2020 President
Julie Merrey 2021 Ladies Captain
Leo George Devitt 2021 Men's Captain
2021 President
Paul Behan (0) 2021 Lowest Men's Handicap
Liam Cully (3.1)
2021 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at St. Anne's

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Mick Fogarty 19 May 1999 10th   140 m
C. Cronin 7 June 1999 10th   140 m
R. Maher Jnr. 27 June 1999 17th   172 m
A. Girvan 27 June 1999 3rd   139 m
P. Bracken 19 July 1999 6th   153 m
J. Lowe 1 September 1999 3rd   139 m
J. Cheevers 1 August 2000 10th   88 m
M. Purcell 1 August 2000 10th   88 m
G. Lennon 18 August 2002 10th   139 m
Mick Daly 5 April 2003 17th   178 yd's
Catherine Andrews 19 October 2003 6th   141 yd's
Mary Rose Woulfe 16 May 2004 10th   103 yd's
Terry Crawford 13 April 2006 6th   187 yd's
Kevin Grogan 11 February 2007 6th   159 yd's
Roy Watts 4 June 2007 17th   178 yd's
Noel McDermott 18 July 2007 17th   178 yd's
Derek Nolan 2 June 2008 6th   168 yd's
Kevin Hughes 27 August 2008 17th   178 yd's