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The best golf courses for holidays in Wicklow:
Wicklow - Druids Glen & Heath - The European - Woodenbridge

Druids Glen GC Druids Glen  Architects: P. Ruddy & T. Craddock.  18 holes: 7,046m: Par 71.

Around the old country house and estate Druids Glen has an almost formal garden like atmosphere and stands up well to its epithet “The Augusta of Europe”.  Each hole has been crafted  to provide a visual treat as well as a golfing test.  Has hosted the Irish Open on four occasions and is every bit as good to play as it is to admire.

Druids Heath Golf Club Druids Heath  Architect: P. Ruddy.  18 holes: 7,001yds: Par 71.

A newer addition to the set-up at Druids Glen, although you would be hard pressed to tell as the course winds through unrelenting gorse - stunning both visually and olfactorily in Spring.  The original course was deemed too tough by many so a rethink of a few holes has led to a softening here and there.  Druid's Heath is now a more enjoyable golf course but you will still have to play well to score well!

The European Golf Club The European  Architect: P. Ruddy.  18 holes: 6,187m: Par 71.

Exceptional links course in a spectacular setting: tall dunes and deeply sleepered bunkers abound. An absolute must for all links enthusiasts.  Designed, owned, managed, loved and staffed by the legendary Pat Ruddy - no greater golf enthusiast ever walked this planet. 

Powerscourt East golf course Powerscourt East   Architect: P. McEvoy.  18 holes: 6,410m: Par 72.

The more varied of the two Powerscourt courses with a start that leads you off through vintage oaks before broadening out amongst saplings and cleverly bunkered mounded Fairways.  The back nine has more hills and more established pines with some lovely views back down towards the Sugar Loaf mountain and Powerscourt house.   The course condition at Powerscourt is exemplary, lush grass neatly trimmed into Tees, Fairways and Greens, very impressive.

Powerscourt West Golf Club Powerscourt - West   Architect: P. McEvoy.  18 holes: 6,410m: Par 72.

More open than the East and hillier too with just about every hole either going up or down.  However these contours have been well employed in shaping the holes and there are some inviting looking approaches and Tee shots waiting for you.  Throughout the course water comes into play on a fairly regular basis either in the form of lakes or cleverly placed streams to negotiate.  A very enjoyable test of golf, impeccably maintained, but a buggy worth considering.

Wicklow Golf Club Wicklow  Architects: T. Craddock & P. Ruddy.  18 holes: 5,427m: Par 71.

Stunning setting and views across the Irish sea, you won't believe that you've never heard of Wicklow Golf Club!  Some of the most scenic holes in Ireland - and probably the best value too.  Although there are a couple of shortish holes on the front-nine, Wicklow still offers a good test of golf and a very warm welcome on a course etched into the Wicklow coastline.

Woodenbridge Golf Club Woodenbridge  Architect: P. Merrigan.  18 holes: 6,350m: Par 71.

Utter tranquility near the archetypal Wicklow village of Avoca. A sheltered course that wends its way surreptitiously through three wooded valleys at the confluence of two rivers.

Blainroe golf course Blainroe   Architect: Hawtree & Sons  18 holes: 6,175m: Par 72.

Just south of Wicklow on the coast, eleven holes are in full view of the sea, the other seven climb away inland from the coast to give a good variety of golf and some magnificent views.

Arklow golf links Arklow  Architect:  18 holes: m: Par. 72

Arklow sits on a patch of land perfectly suited to golf: sandy soil, mild dunes, Maram grasses, large Greens with plenty of hummocks and hollows and a small stream to boot.  Hazards are clear to see from the Tee as the playing surface is generally flat, except where a couple of elevated Tees have been added around the Clubhouse.  There is a large, one-room Clubhouse, where you will be made most welcome.

Architect: P. McEvoy.
18 holes: 6,863yds: Par 72.
From the back Tees a very strong challenge to anybody's golf, which explains why Woodbrook frequently plays host to the senior Irish Open.  Predominantly a parkland course there are also a few holes that run along the clifftops overlooking the sea.

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Guest Comments

"UK Service 10/10 - Exceptional.
European 10/10 - Fantastic!!! Expensive but great.
Woodenbridge 10/10 - A little bit of heaven on earth.
We were very impressed with the service of Golf Par Excellence, even down to the free golf balls, tees and itinerary folder - spot on. We really enjoyed our irish break and would certainly use Golf Par Excellence's services again without a doubt. Thank you for everything.
Mr. & Mrs. G. Buttery - Cheshire


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