Druids Glen Golf Resort, Wicklow Ireland
Druids Glen Golf Resort, Wicklow Ireland Highlights
Druids Glen Golf Resort, located in a mouthful-of-a-village called Newtownmountkennedy in County Wicklow south of Dublin Ireland, offers a little touch of Augusta National and Muirfield Village, but delivered with a real Irish flair and within sight of the beautiful sea. Host of many Irish Opens as well as the Seve Trophy, Druids Glen Golf Club is not at all a links course, but you will thank us for having you play it. Druids Glen is superbly conditioned, perhaps the best in all of Ireland in that regard, and you can come no closer to being at Augusta National than the 12th and the 13th at Druids Glen, down in the glen for which the course is named. The 12th is a gorgeous par-3, downhill all the way, to a green nestled in the woods, fronted by lovely stream not at all unlike Rae’s Creek, the setting also reminiscent of the 12th at Muirfield Village. Called “St. Patrick,” it is named after a statue of Ireland’s patron saint located to the right of the green, on top of the remnants of an ancient Druids Altar, one of many distinctly Irish touches to be found around the course. The 13th at Druids Glen is almost a mirror image of the 13th at Augusta, bending sharply right instead of left, surrounded by beautiful azalea-type flowers. Here, however, it is a par-4! Druids Glen is another of the great Ireland golf courses designed by Pat Ruddy, along with the nearby European Club and the remote Sandy Hills Links at Rosapenna in Northwest Ireland. You could not possibly be disappointed with a round here. But the fun does not end on the 18th green! The Druids Glen clubhouse is our favorite in Ireland, filled with portraits of Republican heroes like Michael Collins (it is obvious why Liam Neeson was chosen to play him!). There is no reason to seek out a pub after the round, as the “craic” in the bar is superb! It’s not the end of the golf at Druids Glen either. Storied Irishman Ruddy has carved another masterpiece here at Druids Glen Golf Resort. This is Druids Heath Golf Course, a wonderful compliment to Druids Glen that is cut through a rocky quarry to create some stunning and entertaining elevation changes throughout the round. Whether as a 36-hole day or back-to-back rounds over two days, play them both on your visit to Druids Glen Golf Resort!
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