Dating to 1912, Clontarf Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in the Dublin area. A lease dispute forced the club to move in 1921 to the grounds of the Donnycarney House, a home built in 1781 for Robert Carroll, the owner of Donnycarney Quarries. Most of the stones to pave Dublin in the 18th and 19th century came from those quarries. Harry Colt was commissioned to lay out a 12-hole golf course, which opened in 1923. Six more holes were added in 1928. The parkland course has manicured rolling fairways, a liberal sprinkling of old trees and quick greens. Although a relatively short course, its narrow fairways and punitive rough call for accuracy off the tee. Clontarf Golf Club's signature hole is No. 12 in which you have to place your drive on a plateau, then fire down to the bunker-surrounded green over two ponds. It's a par 69, 5,345-yard course.