Captain William Bligh of the Bounty had a hand in the formation of the Royal Dublin Golf Club, founded in 1885, as a private members’ club.
It is Ireland’s second oldest golf club. Before this venture, Bligh had survived being set adrift after the mutiny of his crew on HMS Bounty in 1789.
He arrived in Dublin in 1800 on a new posting and was invited to make suggestions on providing shipping with a safe, straight and deep approach into Dublin City. Consequently, the Bull Wall, a 3km breakwater extending out from Dollymount, was built on Bligh’s recommendations.
Subsequent silting outside the wall saw a sandbank develop into an island (Bull Island), which produced an ideal base for the greens and fairways of the Royal Dublin Golf Club.
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