Druids Glen Golf
Druids Glen is a parkland masterpiece designed by Pat Ruddy renowned for his spectacular links designs. The course has been compared and is commonly referred to as the Augusta of Europe.
The resort is located in the heart of County Wicklow just south of Ireland’s capital Dublin.
Water comes into play at every opportunity on this stunning parkland layout with the 12th, 13th, island-green 17th and 18th all excelling.
This Wonderful layout is expertly designed to test every speck of your game.
The host of the Irish Open
The Druids course has hosted the prestigious Irish Open no less than four times.
Colin Montgomerie right in his spell of European dominance claimed two victories and one runner up trophy as well as Spaniard Sergio Garcia also a notable victor on the incredible course. The course has also been used for the Seve Trophy, a Biannual event from 2000 to 2013 in which teams from Great Britain and Ireland competed between teams from continental Europe in non-Ryder-Cup years. 2002 was the year of Druids Glen and a famous Great Britain and Ireland win.
Druids Glen’s Own Amen Corner.
The course’s very own Amen Corner arrives just after the turn and is between holes 12 and 14. This houses some of the very best holes of the course and some of the finest in continental Europe.
The 12th Hole is just a stunning Par 3. Set in the glen which gives the course its name, This three-shot hole is played from an elevated tee to a green protected by a wandering stream and with Druids Altar in full view, which is a preserved, stone altar of pre-Christian worship.
Club selection is vital on this 174 Yard hole that does play downhill. Too short and you will be certain to find the water. Too long and you will be presented with a swift putt down to the cup all leading back to the hazards. The 12th Hole is one you will certainly have your camera at the ready for.
The 13th is a tremendous golf hole, again a tee shot from an elevated tee to a fairway lined by a stream on the right and heavy woods on the left-hand side, You need to be bold from the tee but it is the second shot that requires a great deal of bravery where you are encouraged to take on the green with your second shot, which must be played over an expanse of water.
Druids Glen Golf Signature Hole
There really are no weak links in the design of Druids Glen and although most would consider the 12th to be the real signature hole. We will be controversial and put forward our suggestion.
We have to go with the 13th. I don’t think you will find a more picture-perfect hole in Ireland (and there are so many). The 18th also deserves a special mention and is a really tough closing hole with tons of water in play also.
Druids Heath was completed in 2003 again designed by Pat Ruddy and designed to complement the much-loved Druids Glen Course.
The Heath is a fantastic mix of both parkland and heathland golf and is just as wonderful to play as the Glen course. The course has a lot of elevation changes and an entirely different feel to the Glen course. With plenty of Gorse, trees and well place bunkers the heath course is a very challenging test of golf.
The Heath Course at Druids Glen has a couple of real signature holes. Our pick would be the Par 4 twelfth hole. It is a monstrous Par 4 at over 490 yards and will play every inch of the distance.
The hole is double dog-legged and requires a really powerful tee shot in order to cut the corner to the green with a very long iron or even fairway wood stroke for the second shot. If you can salvage a par on the 12th you have played excellently. You will not see many birdies made on the 12th.