Formed in 1885 and receiving its royal designation in 1891, the Royal Dublin Golf Club is steeped in the history and tradition of Irish golf. It has been home to many championships, amateur and professional, with the highlights being three memorable Irish Opens staged from 1983 to 1985. Bull Island is a sand bank just off the north shore of Dublin Bay and is a natural home for a fine links course. The Royal Dublin Golf Course is a traditional links with an excellent view of Dublin Bay. Each hole presents a particular challenge to the keen golfer, with the 18th hole being a significant test of nerves because of the carry over of the "out of bounds" to the green.