Douglas Golf Club was originally designed in 1909 by golfing great Harry Vardon along with Club Professional John McNamara. A six time British Open Champion and pioneer of the famous Vardon Grip, Harry Vardon was also an esteemed course architect. His designs set the foundation for a fantastic golf course. In his own words Vardon said "after walking over the land of the proposed course, I saw a splendid golf course could be laid out."
The course was extended and altered in 1924 by celebrated course architect, Dr Alister MacKenzie. Still to this day Alister MacKenzie is respected as one of the leading architects of golf course design. Many have imitated his style over the last one hundred years but it is said nobody has ever matched his natural flair for the golfing environment. Among his impressive list of golf course designs are Augusta National, Cypress Point, Royal Troon, Lahinch Golf Club and Royal Melbourne. The 'Irish Field' reported on 1 May 1926 that "MacKenzie has so altered the confirmation of the ground about the greens in Douglas as to give the whole course a very pleasing appearance... it bears at every turn the impress of his golfing genius."
The course is kept in immaculate condition all year round and is renowned for having some of the best kept greens in Ireland.
By the 1990's, members felt that a more challenging layout was needed. Proposals to redesign were invited from multiple course design consultants with those from Sporting Concepts Ltd being selected. All holes underwent alterations with 18 new, large sand-based greens, as well as new tees and bunkers.
Douglas Golf Club strives to keep its course modern and relevant while also maintaining the unique character its long history provides. In 2005 Jeff Howes was selected to undertake further modifications to the course. Jeff Howes is noted for his redesign of Irish Open venue, Fota Island, his upgrading of the putting surfaces in Mount Juliet in preparation for the American Express World Golf Championships and his co-design of the Heritage Golf and Country Club with Seve Ballesteros. Jeff Howes' designs maximised the length of the course here at Douglas, removed twenty eight bunkers and remodelled existing bunkers, creating a challenging but fair golf course that could be enjoyed by golfers of all levels.
Douglas Golf Club was recently awarded 'Best Hidden Gem' in Munster by The Golfers Guide to Ireland and is also Failte Ireland certified. The course is kept in immaculate condition all year round and is renowned for having some of the best kept greens in Ireland.
Set on a plateau overlooking Cork City and Harbour, Douglas Golf Club offers spectacular views from both the course and the clubhouse. The surrounding 115 acres of century old woodland provide the course with a relaxed and secluded atmosphere that is rare for its central location. With easy access to the main road network which can take you North, South, East or West and a mere 5 minute drive from Cork City Centre and Cork Airport, Douglas Golf Club is situated in the ideal location. A round of golf at Douglas Golf Club is an experience not to be missed.