The European Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   The European Club Est. 1987

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The European Club: A large and local fan base for this splendidly scenic and relatively recent links golf course was quickly established after it opened in 1987. That fan base rapidly rippled out across the golfing world. Perhaps no surprise that the 20-hole layout of the European Club is now routinely regarded as one of Ireland's best ... and most challenging.

After a rather tricky beginning, the course soon comes alive as it tumbles through dramatic sand dunes, and journeys down to the sea's edge. Here you will find some of the most spectacular golf holes anywhere in Ireland. Unusually and rather uniquely, this is a links course that features 20-holes - two extra par-3s (7a and 12a) are in play on most days. With ever-undulating terrain, railway-sleepered bunkers galore and plenty of trouble awaiting stray drives (including the beach), your game will indeed be seriously challenged. As for testing your putting, the 127-yard green at the long par-4 12th, will see to that.

With sea views from most of the course, and many definitive seaside links holes, especially the ones skirting Brittas Bay, this is a course that does indeed deserve its place amongst Ireland's elite. The rather heavy green fee is obviously a reflection of the layout's growing reputation ( ... perhaps also influenced by its proximity to Dublin).

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Making Contact

The European Club
Brittas Bay,
nr Wicklow, Co. Wicklow 
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Office   +353 (0)404 47 415
Pro Shop   +353 (0)404 47 415

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About the course

The course: 20 holes. Seaside links.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
Designer: Pat Ruddy
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7355 6168 5804
Par 71 71 71
SSS or Slope 74 69 72
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How2Get There?

65 km S of Dublin

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): €225 (all days); increases to €250 in July. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. No handicap restrictions, but players must be competent on a links course.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (best to book in advance). Caddies not available.

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Did you know?

The European Club was created and the course laid out by its owner, golf-writer turned golf designer Pat Ruddy. Regular tweaks by Ruddy ensure this relatively modern design continues to remain current and ever challenging.

The European Club is quietly located just south of the popular holiday village of Brittas Bay, which boasts a 3 km beach which faces out onto the Irish Sea.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 18th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (52.859855)
Longitude: (-6.071749)
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Tinakilly House Hotel 4-star
Rathnew, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow
+353 (0)404 69274

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km No
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Golf within 30 km Druids Glen; Druids Heath; The European
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Woodenbridge Hotel 3-star
Vale of Avoca, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
+353 (0)402 351 46

Reputedly Ireland's oldest hotel, established in 1608 and located right next to Woodenbridge Golf Club.

Golf at this hotel Woodenbridge
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Golf within 30 km The European; Seafield.
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