Slight but significant reshaping and relocation of fairway bunkers on holes 1, 10 and 18, The European Club Course Review – Golf Monthly Verdict. 0 people found this review helpful The European Club, Wicklow: Address, Phone Number, The European Club Reviews: 4.5/5 Respond to above review  I find they spark curiosity as to why a hole is named for a certain player and because the holes are good, they deserve a sign. Ruddy’s original aims may have been to build his own links playground, but golfers everywhere should be eternally grateful that the project turned into so much more than that. My favorite part of the golf course are the greens themselves which are interesting and rarely overly done. I do hope to play it again, but there are about 200-300 courses in front of it that I have yet to play. Almost all reviewers on this site (and elsewhere) seem to greatly enjoy them and so I’ll have to swim against the tide on this one (and have a long hard look at myself in the mirror). It is clear golf is your life's passion and you have lived it fully. As previously mentioned, I like the long green waiting for you at the end of the hole. Fifteen is a nice short dogleg left par 4 and the last hole with the coastline and beach to the right. See other reviews from Daniel Kelly. The green on the 10th is somewhat the same so I have softened a mound In "Reviews" In this trip report, I review short haul Club Europe or Business Class on my flight within Europe on an Airbus A320 from London Heathrow to Nice. 17 November 2020. This reminded me of Cherry Hills in Colorado where one nine plays easier than the other. 4 people found this review helpful The staff greeted us with a smile and are very helpful. He finds them out of place in Ireland and the U.K. Of course, railway sleepers were in use on many classic UK links long before golf was started in the USA!!!! On a more positive note, I did enjoy the movement of the land, the sea views, and the banter with the starter was first class. I do not pretend to know the land and course better than you. I contrast this with Waterville that has notations on two of the weaker holes on the golf course. This is classic linksland, complete with towering dunes, spectacular sea views and more than a healthy smattering of pot bunkers with sleepered faces, which make them stand out from the links crowd. We are especially pleased to see that a charming burn has replaced the out-of-place lake in front of the 18th green. See other reviews from Mark White, Wow! As indicated, I wish it was routed where the tenth hole is and that the tenth would have played differently. Respond to above review  Respond to above review  The European Club is located in the garden of Ireland, between the coastal towns of Wicklow and Arklow, about 30 miles south of Dublin. We have a 20-hole course so I can work at two I am aware of Mr. Ruddy’s quotes regarding the difficulty of his course, “we make no apology for the fact that the inept and thoughtless player may suffer on our links. Makes you feel like a pro. The hole is well bunkered with eight but I did not find the fairway bunkers to be as much in play as perhaps for other players. I do like the shape of the hole, the length of this shorter par 5 as well as the view that awaits you as you near the green. at any time and still have eighteen in play. Holes 15 and 16 don’t get enough credit. Sometimes a bit forced and not so natural if you know what I mean hole 14 or so and the stream on 18 compared to what I’m familiar with at least but in a few years it’ll probably settle down. When we had the Close here in 2006 Going back to your involvement in golf prior to purchasing the land and building your dream at The European Club up to the present, you have left a legacy to the game of golf that will endure forever. Was this review helpful? Pat Ruddy’s European Club is the finest modern links in Ireland. The European Club is located in the garden of Ireland, between the coastal towns of Wicklow and Arklow, about 30 miles south of Dublin. 0 people found this review helpful With the Irish Sea running all the way up the right hand side, it’s hard not to get distracted. It was not created for such players.” And a second one, “If you choose your tees unwisely….please call it suicide rather than murder.”. I realize Pete Dye used railroad/sleeper ties on his courses throughout the Midwest of the USA, but I find them out of place in Ireland and the UK. It is a pity it is not part of the regular rotation with the score there counting on the scorecard. Three points to make. On our way from first green to second tee a jaguar drove to us, a very well dressed man greeted us an went on driving over the tee box to another hole where he parked on the tee box. The team created and gave to us, as gifts, the most memorable days of our vacation. He takes advantage of the views and the hills very well, working his holes through the dunes, finding land for the elevated tees, creating uphill and downhill tee shots or approach shots. 0 people found this review helpful Wouldn’t it be great if more architects did that to explain the context or thoughts behind their designs? There are a few other areas where I thought there were better green sites or perhaps a hole could have better utilized a dune. The tenth is a good hole due to the green complex which is wonderfully slanted with fall offs in the right spots near the green, but I do wish it was a gentle dogleg. See other reviews from DB, Played this one quite recently and it was a walk but we were told beforehand they do like their dunes in Ireland. Sleepered bunkers abound, there are sea views on almost every hole of this new classic links, Visitor Times: Any day but not before 10:30 on Sundays. is the strongest on the green. Great that Pat Ruddy has replied to a user review of The European Club. Never the less it always plays like a true links. Also the property is very good land for golf. Expertly manicured and really distinctive with no apologies for trying to stand out. I will get my negative comments out of the way so that I can focus on the positives, for which there are many. The European Club Course Review – Golf Monthly Verdict A wonderfully mature and appealing course that will ask many questions. It does have a nice back to front sloped green but I do not find anything really unique about it from a visual or defense perspective. Was this review helpful? review and there are always things that could be done and things that should be I’m thrilled I do not like the serpentine nature of the burn, the burn itself, nor the raised bunker at the back which remains me of the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones.”. My cousins, the O'Neal's built this course with the expertise of Tom Doak. approach. I like Mark’s point on the correct use of railway sleepers for bunkers. I played the European in June 2019. There are several good holes and a couple interesting par 3's that are fun to play but Ireland's links golf scene is so strong that I feel local courses like Portmarnock and The Island kind of overshadow the European Club. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Most of the holes are about avoiding the pot bunkers that have been perfectly positioned. One does not often see them on higher ground or next to a dune providing shelter. on the right side of the green and enlarged the back right pin position which "steady as it goes" approach for many reasons, including not This is a golf course I really want to rank higher than I am going to rate it because I adore what the owner and designer, Mr. Pat Ruddy, has done to not only build and live his “dream life,” but also to share his golf course a small membership but a much larger audience of visitors.