Druids Glen Golf Club, County Wicklow
Founded 1995. Parkland Course
The Druids Glen Resort boasts two exceptional golf courses and a top class hotel facility on-site. Situated about 30 minutes south of Dublin City, Druids Glen opened for play in 1995 and rapidly gained a reputation as one of the finest new courses in Ireland hosting the Irish Open on four consecutive occasions from 1996. Designed by Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock, Druids Glen is one of Ireland’s finest and scenic parkland courses. Druids Heath, the second course here, opened for play in 2003 and being inland links in style, offers a different challenge.
A few nights in Dublin is a logical inclusion in many trips. Sometimes flights dictate that you arrive and depart Dublin and it can be easily combined with time spent in other locations. Apart from the great courses in the area, it offers much in terms of sightseeing including the Guinness Storehouse, Old Jameson Distillery, Christ Church Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland and Kilmainham Jail. A visit to Trinity College Library to view the Book of Kells is also highly recommended.
Just north of Dublin, the Passage Tombs at Newgrange date back to 3,200 BC and provide a fascinating insight into prehistoric Ireland, while just south of Dublin in County Wicklow, you should include a visit to beautiful Glendalough and Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Further south of Wicklow, the likes of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford are all well worth a visit with many impressive attractions. Kilkenny is a wonderful medieval city with the impressive Kilkenny Castle dominating the town. Waterford is synonymous with Waterford Crystal and you should include a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal, while in Wexford, some recommended options include the Irish National Heritage Park and Enniscorthy Castle.