What we say
It was early season when we visited but the golf course was generally in great nick. Druid's Glen is in a beautiful location and, in the summer, is an absolute blaze of colour - Ireland's answer to Augusta. True, it's pricey to tee it up but quality comes at a price and overall you're guaranteed a memorable golfing outing: yes, there's no doubt the Druid's boasts a majestic mansion clubhosue with a golf course to match.
Druid's Glen is often referred to as the "Augusta of Europe." Designers Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock were given a brief to create Ireland's best inland golf course and sure enough their classic parkland layout features several signature holes and has hosted some of golf's biggest events and players, including the Irish Open between 1996-99. It also staged the prestigious Seve Trophy in 2002.
The venue's name originates from a stone altar of pre-christian worship which was discovered during course construction - it was found in a thickly forested area overlooking the 12th green.
Stay & Play: Round the corner you'll find a five star Marriott resort with 148 rooms and all the amenities you'd expect from a swish hotel.
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- Address , , Greystones
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- Website www.druidsglen.ie
|Green Fees||October: Fro, €35|
|Course Length||6,202 yards (5,671 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course has: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course has: Handicap
When a course is dubbed "the Augusta of Europe" you feel it maybe a little too much pressure for a golf course to live upto. In the case of Druids Glen, it's not a problem. From the minute you drive though the gates of the club you feel you are in a special place. Little hints of the golf course that you can see as you arrive are a taster for a magnificent golfing experience. If theres any fault to be made, the Pro Shop is small but the welcome is first class and i was soon out onto the first tee. The course itself is classic mature parkland with fast sloping greens well protected by many bunkers and a number of lakes that are not just for show but slap bang in play. The highlight are the superb set of Par 3's, 3 of which are over water, not for the faint hearted. The 12 is a highlight, tucked away in a corner of the course, a toweing iron is required from a raised tee down to a generous green but it seems to take forever for your ball to land safely over the waiting water. Just when you think your safe after negotiating that hole comes the 13th. A devilishly tough par 4, a tee shot hugging the right side is needed to have any chance of taking on an approach of 200 yards plus over water, a par 5 for us mere mortles really. Monty took 7 here apparently so i was more than happy with my up and down for Bogey! Th speactacular holes just keep coming. 200 yards plus over water to an island green await you at the 17th and the 18th is beautiful but tough at 450 plus into the wind uphill as it was when i played it. I kept my ball dry until my third shot to 18 but by then i was already savouring a superb days golf at a special venue. Make an effort to play this gem of a course in the the beautiful surroundings of County Wicklow, the garden of ireland.