First & foremost, the staff members at the pro shop (I believe they were the owner /founder Pat Ruddy & his son) were super kind & friendly. They let me use a buggy for free, gave me a free bottle of water, gave my friend a free club logo ball, and, at the turn, gave me 10 used balls free of charge when they learned that I had lost quite a number of balls in the front nine. I was recommended to this golf club by a friend, & I will recommend it to my friends also.
Reasons to Visit The European Club
Top 100 Golf Course in The World - considered one of the best links courses in Ireland
Designed by Pat Ruddy, one of the world's top golf architects
A links experience few can match - sought after by golfers across from across the world
The European Club is located in County Wicklow, the ‘Garden of Ireland', and along with Doonbeg, it is among the best links courses to be built in recent decades. Built by the highly regarded Pat Ruddy, The European Club has been compared favourably with Kyle Phillips' phenomenal Kingsbarns creation and spans similarly colossal sand dunes.
There are a lot of things that make The European Club one of the most unique courses in golf. Pat Ruddy initially designed and built this epic links layout as a private play thing of sorts, something for him, his family and friends to enjoy, but open completion of the course he realised it would be a crime not to share something so special with the general golfing public.
Just 30-40 minutes south of Dublin, The European Club is just one of many world-class courses laid down by Ruddy, who you could argue is the godfather of golf in Ireland, boasting other such layouts as Druids Glen, the Glashedy Course at Ballyliffin, and the epic Sandy Hills Course at Rosapenna. This list could go on and on, but you get the point; if you seen Pat Ruddy’s name associated with a golf course, you know you’re in for a treat.
What else makes this ruggedly beautiful Brittas Bay bombshell worth including on a tour of Wicklow and perhaps Ireland’s capital as well?