St. Anne's golf club Dublin
St. Anne's Golf Course
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|
|Club Hire: €40
|Buggy Hire: €30||Yes|
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||€1,614|
|Full 5-Day Membership Fee:||€1,029|
|Full Juvenile Membership Fee:||€305|
|Designer||Eddie Hackett Redesigned: Eddie Connaughton|
Bull Island Nature Reserve,
|Website||St. Anne's golf club website|
|General Manager:||Roger Yates|
|Captain:||Leo George Devitt|
|Lady Captain:||Julie Merrey|
|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|
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)|
|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
|Captain's Prize Day||Saturday 10 July
|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
|Foursomes Stableford||Saturday 17 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. 4-Person Team Event||Sunday 18 July||Open
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 19 July||Open
|Ladies 3-Person Team Event||Tuesday 20 July||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 20 July||Open
|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
|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
|Father & Son||Sunday 25 July
|L. & G. Seniors Singles Stableford 50+||Monday 26 July||Open||1|
|Father & Son||Monday 27 July
|Father & Son||Tuesday 27 July
|Father & Son||Wednesday 28 July
|Father & Son||Thursday 29 July
|Father & Son Semi-Final
||Friday 30 July
|Father & Son Final
||Saturday 31 July
|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
Card of the Course
|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|
|Hole Name||Hole No.||Blue||White||Yellow||Par||Index||Red||Par||Index|
Men's Course Record Am: 68 Ian Hall (Enniscrone G. C.)
Ladies Course Record:
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
|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|
|Antoinette O'Connor||1996||Ladies Captain|
|C. F. Cronin||1996||Men's Captain|
|Bernice Alexander||1997||Ladies Captain|
|F. G. Cassidy||1997||Men's Captain|
|Jaqeline Furey||1998||Ladies Captain|
|Tadg O'Sullivan||1998||Men's Captain|
|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|
|Rose Hogan||2002||Ladies Captain|
|Alf Girvan||2002||Men's Captain|
|Maura Oppermann||2003||Ladies Captain|
|P. Roche||2003||Men's Captain|
|Margaret McGuirk||2004||Ladies Captain|
|John O'Connor||2004||Men's Captain|
|Lola Boyne||2005||Ladies Captain|
|David McNiece||2005||Men's Captain|
|Maria McGrath||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Clem Walsh||2006||Men's Captain|
|Mary Courtney||2007||Ladies Captain|
|Pearse Farrell||2007||Men's Captain|
|Betty Farrelly||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Shay McGrath||2008||Men's Captain|
|Betty Kelly||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Pat Furness||2009||Men's Captain|
|Pat Mills||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Seamus Laffan||2010||Men's Captain|
|Bernie O'Dea||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Larry Curran||2011||Men's Captain|
|Colette Hughes||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Damien Murran||2012||Men's Captain|
|Theresa McCormack||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Eamon Weir||2013||Men's Captain|
|Orlaith Keogh||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Martin Furey||2014||Men's Captain|
|Mary McGreevy||2015||Ladies Captain|
|John Smyth||2015||Men's Captain|
|Jean Kelly||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Diarmuid O'Mordha||2016||Men's Captain|
|Veronica Miller||2017||Ladies Captain|
|Ben Headon||2017||Men's Captain|
|Rosaline Plunkett||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Henry Wildgust||2018||Men's Captain|
|Marion Toole||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Tom Fleming||2019||Men's Captain|
|Bernice O'Halloran||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Fergal McGrath||2020||Men's Captain|
|Julie Merrey||2021||Ladies Captain|
|Leo George Devitt||2021||Men's Captain|
|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|