Founded in 1895 The Greystones Golf Club is one of Ireland’s most prestigious private member clubs. The golf course, influenced by the great Harry Colt (Muirfield, Sunningdale, Pine Valley), is situated in one of Ireland’s most scenic locations: at the heart of the stunning Burnaby Estate and surrounded by the fabled Wicklow Mountains and with panoramic views of picturesque Dublin Bay.
Like so many other clubs founded in the Victorian ere, there was a strong ascendancy influence. The Right Hon. Viscount Powerscourt was the Club’s first President. Lord Glenavy, once Chairman of the Old Irish Free State Senate, was also a President of the club. Other famous V.I.P. visitors included Bonar Law, Prime Minister of Great Britain and world renowned writer Samuel Beckett who, according to reports, was quite an accomplished golfer. Since then, Greystones has continued to host Heads of State, international golfers, several well known leaders of industry and many other high profile individuals.
As for the Greystones locality, it is steeped in golfing history, with many top players learning the game in the area such as Ryder and World Cup player, Jimmy Martin, whose father Jimmy was the Greystones Club Assistant Professional for many years. Other top players from the area included the legendary Harry Bradshaw, for years the Professional at Portmarnock, and Miltown’s Christy Green.
The Greystones Golf Club has been significantly developed in recent years and now boasts a golf course, clubhouse and hospitality culture that ensures all members, guests and private events receive a first class experience. Moreover, the conditioning of the golf course is now world class, with greens reputed to be the best and fastest in the country. In addition, to further enhance the Greystones’ experience and to adapt to modern times, the club in 1998 embarked on upgrading the course, thus ensuring it remained as one of the finest inland courses in Ireland. World renowned course designer Ron Kirby was responsible for the redesign. As one of the world’s most respected course designers and with a career that spanned five decades, Ron worked with Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Gary Player in designing some of the world’s great courses, with an impressive portfolio of projects including Sun City, Kiawah Island, the Old Head Kinsale and Dromoland Castle. Aware of the tradition of Greystones and the influence of Harry Colt, Ron blended history and modernity, and in keeping the classic character to the course, he has provided golfers with the opportunity to have a most memorable round of golf.