nr Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Christy O'Connor Jnr & Peter McEvoy
45 km SW of Dublin
Heading south-west from Dublin take the M7 and then M9 direction Waterford. As the motorway ends, continue to follow the N9 direction Waterford. After approximately 8 km turn left off the N9 at Rathsallagh House sign. After 1.6 km turn left direction Rathsallagh House. After 2.1 km turn right direction Rathsallagh House. After o.5 km turn right at Rathsallagh Golf sign. Golf is o.5 km on your left.
Rathsallagh Golf Club: Here in the historic and peaceful setting of the Rathsallagh Estate, the golf course of that name is now operated independently of the prestigious Rathsallagh Country House Hotel.
As country estates have a habit of doing, here you are greeted with an opening hole that offers fabulous views over the surrounding hills and farmland. This opening par-5 leads you down into the lush splendour of the grounds of Rathsallagh House, where wide open grassy spaces and beautiful mature woodland defines the course, creating a marvellously natural golfing environment.
Either side of the tightish fairways are two distinctly different cuts of rough. Balls that land in the first cut should be found without too much trouble, although your objective of "going for the green" may need reappraisal. The longer rough is considerably more penal, and swallows up balls that may never be seen again.
From the very intimidating par-5 6th hole to the par-4 10th water is seriously in play and good course management is essential. From the par-5 11th the easier-going, grassy parkland resumes, with a chance to card some good scores as you progress towards the superb closing hole - a long uphill par-4 leading back to Rathsallagh's attractive clubhouse.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Rathsallagh's history goes back a long way. It was first listed in 1172-76 as a farm attached to the Abbey of Glendalough (from where St Patrick is said to have originated). However, the farm probably existed from as early as the 7th century, when Rathsallagh became a daughter house (paruchia) of the Abbey. By the early 1200s the estate passed from the Abbey into the control of laymen, and by 1326 the Earls of Kildare rented it for 70 shillings and "two pounds of wax !".
The golf club was officially opened in 1995 by legendary Australian golfer and five times Open Champion, Peter Thomson. The story goes that he often stayed at Rathsallagh House, before the course was ever thought of. One night in the bar, Joe O’Flynn Snr (who owned and farmed Rathsallagh) mentioned that he was thinking of building a golf course. "If you ever do I will come from Australia and officially open it for you" responded Thomson.
2019 Golf World rating: 69th best course in Ireland.
Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow, IrelandVisit website
Rathsallagh Country House Hotel was converted from Queen Anne stables in 1798. It is now a beautiful 4-star Grade A country house hotel set in 530 acres of peaceful parkland with its own walled garden, and surrounded by the golf course of the separately operated Rathsallagh Golf Club. Rathsallagh is a member of Ireland's Blue Book collection of top quality (and often historic) hotels.
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