The European Club

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The European Club enjoys an idyllic seaside location in County Wicklow, in the south east of Ireland, amongst almost 200 acres of glorious sand-dunes. There are magnificent views of the Irish Sea out over the sand dunes. It is a must play club for any golf aficado and continually ranks highly throughout the world of top courses lists. This wonderful club is relatively new dating to 1987, the course was designed by Pat Ruddy and he has done an amazing job in creating a course so natural and that appears to have been here for ages. It was the first links course to be built on the east coast of Ireland. There are actually 20 holes here, there are two bonus holes, just for pure enjoyment, they are both par 3's that are well worth playing. The 18 hole championship course is a par 71, measuring 7,355 yards from the back tees, so is a long course. 

This fabulous links course has a creative layout that absorbs its natural surrounds allowing it to sit beautifully on the rolling terrain of sand dunes. The course benefits from its natural features namely the colossal sand dunes, sea breezes and sea grasses. Blind spots and plenty of riveted bunkering are other aspects of this course. Unusually most holes offer a clear line of sight beween tee and green but don't be fooled, the course is a master of disguise, artfully concealed  unseen elevation changes and fairways that move and weave between the dunes create a number of optical illusions that seem to make the holes appear a lot further away than they in fact are. There are sea-views on most of the holes and you will find only two par 5 holes here. There are some excellent holes to be found and those that skirt along the the beach at Brittas Bay are stunning, with the back nine opening up. It is home to the worlds longest green at 128 yards, on the 12th hole. The concept behind this course was to create a course for real golfers, those who play and think well, and that has certainly been achieved, it is a course that requires more thought than brawn.

The course is excellently maintained, the lush fairways are fast-running, the firm greens are fast and receptive, marram grass and gorse that form the rough can be harsh and the bunkers are big and deep, they are faced with railway sleepers for ultimate definition and intimidation.

Champions from all over the world have discovered The European Club and Tiger Woods currently holds the course record of 67. This is truly a spectacular course that represents all that is great about links golf. Enjoy the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere and absorb the beautiful scenery. If you have a golf course bucket list, move this one up the rankings, it is not to be missed. 

Tournaments hosted at The European Club

  • Irish PGA Championship: 2007 & 2008

Our Favourite Hole

It is impossible to look beyond the 7th hole, it is a par 4 which measures 470-yards, and was named as one of the Worlds 100 Best Holes. It is set on a sandbank that runs through a bed of reeds, with a small river that hugs the fairway and green completely. Running along the right side is a burn and then just acres upon acre of unspoilt land with no buildings to be seen, to the left are monstrous dunes, a marsh filled with reeds and yet more sand dunes and Brittas Bay gleams behind the green, it is not often that you will stand on a fairway and not see anything man-made around you. This hole is a real masterpiece and will stay with you long after you leave this superb course.

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Course Information

Course Type: Links
Year Founded: 1987
Holes: 18
Course Architect: Pat Ruddy
Course Facilities:
  • Banqueting
  • Clubhouse
  • Golf Buggy Rental
  • Golf Caddies
  • Golf Club Rental
  • Golf Trolley Rental
  • Pro Shop
  • Putting Green
  • Teaching Golf Pro

Course Scorecard

Front Nine:


Pro Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pro Tee Par: 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 4
Pro Tee Yards: 421 158 491 451 423 201 470 413 417
Pro Tee Metres: 385 144 449 412 387 184 430 378 381
Champion Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Champion Tee Par: 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 4
Champion Tee Yards: 368 146 475 425 382 176 444 395 395
Champion Tee Metres: 336 134 434 389 349 161 406 361 361
Men's Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Men's Tee Par: 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 4
Men's Tee Yards: 356 134 451 395 356 147 377 374 378
Men's Tee Metres: 326 123 412 361 326 134 345 342 346
Women's Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Women's Tee Par: 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 4
Women's Tee Yards: 308 121 424 345 284 135 331 356 333
Women's Tee Metres: 282 111 388 315 260 123 303 326 304

Back Nine:


Pro Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Pro Tee Par: 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4
Pro Tee Yards: 469 411 419 596 193 411 404 426 470
Pro Tee Metres: 429 376 383 545 176 376 369 390 430
Champion Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Champion Tee Par: 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4
Champion Tee Yards: 402 376 401 508 164 381 390 384 421
Champion Tee Metres: 368 344 367 465 150 348 357 351 385
Men's Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Men's Tee Par: 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4
Men's Tee Yards: 366 360 372 493 131 344 364 352 398
Men's Tee Metres: 335 329 340 451 120 315 333 322 364
Women's Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Women's Tee Par: 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4
Women's Tee Yards: 349 290 305 413 122 336 337 334 347
Women's Tee Metres: 319 265 279 378 112 307 308 305 317

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