Druids Glen - Wicklow - Ireland

Druids Glen Golf Resort,
Newtownmountkennedy,
Co.Wicklow,
Ireland


  • +353 (0)1 287 3600

  • Marcus Doyle

  • Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock

  • George Henry


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Druids Glen is the kaleidoscope of golf courses, for there is more colour here than at any other course in Ireland. With its brilliant flora and the card-wrecking stretch of holes from the 12th to the 14th, called “Ireland’s Amen Corner”, it is no surprise that Druids Glen is genuinely regarded as the Augusta National of Ireland.

Located in the heart of County Wicklow, to the south of Dublin, in a stunning, rolling, manicured landscape. Druids Glen feels more like a classy American Country Club than an Irish Golf Club. The course opened for play in 1995, designed by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock, and they immediately impressed the European Tour. The PGA selected the course to host the 1996 Irish Open and it remained at Druids Glen for the next three years. It’s a course that Colin Montgomerie remembers fondly because he won the Irish Open here in 1996 and 1997, in the middle of Monty’s domination of the European Order of Merit.

Druids alter on the 12thDruids Glen is a unique golfing experience, derived from Ruddy and Craddock’s inspired design. The ambience is distinguished and distinctly Irish, including an ancient druids’ altar located behind the 12th green. The views are pretty pleasing too and the challenge is not insignificant, but if you can keep on the immaculate and generous fairways, scoring well will become a real possibility. This is target golf country, from the perfect fairway lie to a huge soft green where putting on the immaculate surface is an absolute joy. But don’t be fooled by this, there are many varied challenges at Druids Glen, not least the threatening water, which seems to be everywhere. If you’re not on top of your game, it can be a brutal course.

After a strong start and a tough Amen Corner after the turn, Druids Glen closes in a blaze of glory. The 17th will put fear into all but the most confident golfer. It’s a 203-yard par three to an island green – let’s hope it’s not too windy. The closing hole measures 450 yards and there’s water all around the approach to the green.

There is no doubt that Druids Glen will remain etched in the memory for a long time. Make sure that you take enough golf balls with you.

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Description: Druids Glen is the kaleidoscope of golf courses, for there is more colour here than at any other course in Ireland. Rating: 5.56 out of 6 Reviews: 10

I played Druid's Glen about 5 years ago in the Cyder Cup in tough, wet and windy conditions. In my opinion, Druid's Glen is a difficult course and those conditions made things even trickier. Therefore my abiding memory is that whilst it was a very nice course, it was a hard track to play.

One of the par 3s we played, we had to hit a 3 wood against the wind to carry the water and the green was largely surrounded by a bunker that wrapped itself around. Only one person made it over the water and they made it into the bunker! I'm a 13 handicapper and hit the ball quite well, so that puts it into perspective the type of conditions we played the round in. There was another hole which had an elevated tee looking down on a massive 90 degree dog leg right, but you'd have to play an iron off the tee so you didn't go too far into the bushes beyond the fairway. If you managed to find the fairway, you then had a long iron into a thinly shaped green which lay over a little brook so it was fraught with danger.

If you overlook the difficulty of Druid's Glen, you will find a warm welcome and a visually aesthetically pleasing golf course in very good condition. If I came back to play here, I would love to do so on a nice day. I am sure that it would elevate my thoughts on the course.

5 / 6
Druids Glen
February 07, 2018


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A brilliant parkland course. Held the Irish Open many times and not a bad hole on the course. Best parkland in Ireland

6 / 6
Druids Glen
February 05, 2018


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What a beautiful garden golf course! Played in June with great weather conditions and enjoyed it so much. Perfect shape, manicured fairways and true greens. It is by far the best parkland I have played in Ireland and one of the best inEurope. Some holes are unique like 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18. But special mention to 13 hole, what a tough par 4 and what a beautiful hole. Playing your second shot on hole 13 you need to think twice before going for the green by two, it is such a tough shot that if you have the guts to to for it you just deserve the green for the sake of it! In my case played conservative and reach the green by three and got a great bogie that tasted like a par. I loved 18 and pared it with a great finish bogie, birdie and par on 16,17 & 18. I think the price is really worth it for the great lay out, inmaculated shape and unique design. It is one course you should never miss if you are near Dublín. Will for sure play it again in my next golf trip to Ireland. It is at the level of Portmarnock, The European and The Island which we also played this trip.

6 / 6
Druids Glen
July 07, 2016


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I’ve played Druid’s Glen 5-6 times and find it enjoyable each and every time. For me it’s one of those nearly courses, I’ve nearly had a good round, but a couple of holes have scuppered me and I’ve always left like I left it out there, rather than having played the rest of the holes well. The 13th and the 18th, to many golfers they are more realistic as par 5’s, and I bet if anyone but single handicappers who played them as par 5’s they would ultimately score better. Why do I always think I’ll find and hold the green on the 13th – I never have, it wet or jungle every time.

So there are tough holes, but it’s not by many means a slog. Unless playing of the back tees, hit the fairways and many of the par 4’s aren’t that long. The par 5’s are not that difficult if you find the fairway too. Even if driving poorly, it’s not one of those courses that destroys you, it’s still enjoyable (I find Druids Heath more difficult). The par 3’s are pretty, the greens are large and even a less than perfect shot can find them. Just take enough club on the 17th to reach the back bunker (should you flush it), and you shouldn’t do worse than a 4 as the front and back bunkers have at least 2 clubs between them, both are shallow and easy to play from. Overall the greens are really consistent and don’t hold any real surprises, the bunkers aren’t penal either, you can still go for the green from many of the fairway bunkers. It’s a course that over the first few holes you can start to build a score and relax into the round, well until you get to the 13th tee and can’t get the disastrous fade out of your head.

It’s really good value now compared to pre-recession. Go play it, plenty of tee times for sensible money. The second or third time you play it is more enjoyable when you know the lines and aren’t intimidated by the “Irish Open” host status, remember it’s a totally different setup for pros re the tees, pins, greens and rough as few courses sell green fees for something a 12 handicapper can’t play.

5 / 6
Druids Glen
May 23, 2016


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Druids Glen is a delightful resort in a beautiful piece of Ireland. It truly is a kaleidoscope of colours and flora. We had the (mis)fortune to play the course after rounds on the European and Portmarnock which gave the course a tough task of living up to the high standard of golf we had been having thus far. The start is quite tranquil with 2 medium length par 4s and a one shotter in between. There’s quite some room between the trees and grass still grows underneath them so it’s easy to find your ball. The course is surprisingly undulated, which hardens the course and adds to the experience as the holes are all very pleasing to the eye. After having played great natural links all week, it did have a sort of unnatural feeling, which ofcourse is because it is just that. No matter how beautiful it looked, it sometimes looked like Disneyworld. The flowers and the greatly manicured fairways and greens were a joy to see and play on, but it just couldn’t provide the thrill that the links could. The amen corner definitely was a stunning set of holes, but I was a bit underwhelmed when I hit 3 wood- 7 iron to a meter and birdie on the longest and hardest hole on the course. The fairways ran very hard while the greens were really soft and the rough was juicy but not too long. You just had to aim at the flag and a good always turned out great. This made the course quite forgiving and short. I really have to play this course again because it might be the best parkland-course I’ve ever played, so it really is a strange feeling to be kind of negative about it, that just isn’t fair. That being said the par 3s were absolutely magnificent and especially the eight and the 12th are truly world class. The moral of the story is we had a blast on a wondeful course with stunning scenery, but I couldn’t wait to play the European again the next day. MO
5 / 6
Druids Glen
September 29, 2015


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Just arrived back from a fantastic 2 day stay at the Druids Glen Resort and what a 2 days it was....the weather was fantastic and the Glen course was simply amazing. I have played many great courses in Ireland from the K-Club, to Waterville but this is one I had been looking forward to seeing and it does not fail to deliver. The par 3's - in particular no 8 and 12 - are simply the best I think I've played and the tee-shot and walk down to the fairway from the whites on number 13 will stay with me for a long time. For saying how wet this "summer" has been the course was in fantastic condition and I expressed to the pro that I could not believe how fast the greens were running despite this. In summery this is simply a MUST-PLAY for anyone thats loves playing challenging golf in glorious surroundings...so just about everybody!
6 / 6
Druids Glen
September 22, 2012


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I have played the Glen four times now and love it even more than when I first played back in 2004 – This a great golf course and must not be ignored during a golf trip on the east coast of Ireland. The course is set around some great woodland, beautiful flowered areas, water hazards and includes many great holes. If you can play during the spring/summer months, you will get the full colour experience of what some describe as playing golf around the Chelsea Flower Show, it is very beautiful. Aside from the good looks here, there is a solid collection of holes that fall into the categories of good, very good and outstanding - I have referred to my notes and I have four that are outstanding (8th, 12th, 13th and 18th) – make you own minds up though. There are a number of courses, clubs and resorts that are pulling together and have created Dublin’s East Coast Alliance – this group are working to get golfers to the area, do not miss Druids Glen that has a current ranking of #79 in GB&I, I would hope this could enter the Top 50 before too long.
6 / 6
Druids Glen
May 28, 2012


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Ebrahim
May 29, 2012
Played on May 24th as part of our Ireland tour. Was a bit skeptical because of all the great links courses that we had played. What a fantastic golf course. We played on a perfect spring day with temperatures around 19 degrees. If there is a better manicured golf course, I've yet to see it. This was a golfing haven with fantastic golf architecture and some fo the best Par 3's we ever played. A photogenic golf course, so take your camera. Wonderful staff and played without a caddie. A sumptuous retreat. Make enough time to enjoy the facilities and gourmet dining at the hotel, as well as the spa.
This is a rare gem. Played it three times, and it may well sit amongst the top courses in all Europe, let alone Ireland. The course is an outstanding challenge, the landscape is breathtaking and the food is great. Highly recommended.
6 / 6
Druids Glen
April 27, 2012


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If your perfect day out involves lush and scenic parkland golf, then you'll have fewer better options than a trip to Druids. Our party of 9 got spectacularly lucky in the form of a wind free, 22 degree April day, improved again by an uncrowded teamsheet - but the course was the true hero. A gentle enough opening 3-4 holes introduce you to the superb conditioning, and to the tendency for both subtle and not-so-subtle doglegs. Things get a bit trickier from 6 onwards, with the variation in par 4 length meaning that by the time you hit the turn you'll have used every club in the bag. To get to the turn though you'll have played my favourite of the par 3s, the 8th. It's  only a short iron, but the tranquil setting imposed by 100 foot trees rolling into a dam that covers most of the green's entry points, is unique and inspiring. Better follows though, as the Druids Glen answer to Amen Corner truly is one of the best stretches of golf in Ireland; the 12th is both a wonderful hole and an unfathomably difficult challenge. Pick of the rest is 18, which boasts the dual protection of length, and around a dozen obstacles protecting its green. All told, a truly spectacular course, one that is immaculately conditioned, with bullet greens. But most of all, it struck me as both challenging but completely fair - which is an unusual and very welcome achievement.   
6 / 6
Druids Glen
April 11, 2011


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Attended the Irish Open here in 1999 was hugely impressed by the course and always planned to come back to play. Played here in August 2010 and what an experience. The course has matured into one of the finest parkland courses in existence as some of the holes here could not be surpassed in terms of beauty or golfing challenge. Holes such as the par 3 8th which must be one of the most picturesque inland Par 3’s in the country to the amazing 12th and 13th. The 13th is a hole you will want to play again and again. I have never been to Augusta but Amen corner cannot look or play better than this. Overall there is very little you could find fault with and make no mistake this course surpasses other famed parkland courses in the country such as the K-Club, Mount Juliet, Killarney or even Adare. It is without doubt a must play course.
6 / 6
Druids Glen
August 25, 2010


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