WHEN CERTAIN artful members of Malahide Golf Club are not stroking their way around the golf course it is brush strokes that occupy their mind.Unusually, Malahide Golf Club has its very own art group and each year around this time, the talented members of the group exhibit their work on the walls of the club for their golfing colleagues to enjoy. Founded more than 12 years ago, the art group has an active cohort of approximately 35 members. The group meets every Thursday from 8p.m. to 10p.m. for season classes which start each January. The club also organises lectures and gallery visits. The artists work through a variety of media including oils, watercolours and charcoal. The creative output of this group is exhibited annually in the clubhouse around this time each year. Apparently, the link between golf and art in Malahide goes back a very long way. The group will tell you that right at the beginning of Malahide Golf Club, there was artful connection. In fact, the club was founded by an eminent artist who was an artist first and a golfer second. In 1887, Nathaniel Hone, an artist with a growing international reputation, left Malahide, with his wife Magdalen for a visit to Paris. In 1887, Nathaniel and Magdalen went to Paris to visit a former art student of Nathaniels' called Harry Steines Cairnes. Cairnes was originally from a town called Pau at the foothills of the Pyrenees. Pau was the site of the first golf club established on the Continent of Europe. It was founded in 1856. Many of the wealthy British and Irish went to Pau for the winter and took up golf, including the Jamesons who introduced Hone to the game of golf.