Druids Glen is a beautiful five-star golf resort set between Bray and Wicklow, just 30-minutes South of Dublin and one hour from Dublin International Airport. County Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland, and there isn’t a better location for this spectacular course to reside. The resort possesses 144 bedrooms, a spa and two golf courses Druids Heath and Druids Glen.
Founded in 1995 and designed by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock, the Druid’s Glen course has a mystical and enchanting woodland setting with manicured tree-lined fairways, historical landmarks, spectacular water features, and vibrant floral displays. On the first nine holes, you are treated to stunning views of the Atlantic and on the back nine the Wicklow mountains provide a dominating and breathtaking atmosphere and views throughout your round.
The Druids Glen Golf Course hosted the Irish Open four years in a row from 1996, and only one year after opening, paying colossal testament to the quality of the course from the very outset. It has also played host to the prestigious Seve trophy in 2002, a bi-annual event between the leading Tour Players of Ireland and Continental Europe.
The Druids Glen course prominently features alongside the excellent inland golf courses of the K Club and Mount Juliet, very much holding its own and creating a superb golfing trail between them. It is a wooded parkland course with many water hazards, bunkers, and mature trees. Combined with the sheer length of the course (7,026 yards) means the golfer must ensure accuracy with the driver. It is quite hilly throughout, adding to the challenge, but each hole is genuinely spectacular. The hero hole is the 12th, which is a downhill par three where you play over the iconic Celtic Cross flower bed.
Make sure and visit Hugo’s Restaurant during your visit. Holding two AA Rosettes, this restaurant is housed in the former stately home and as well as providing exquisite food ensures you have an enjoyable experience.
This is one for the Ireland itinerary, often referred to as the Augusta of Ireland it is a must play for anyone looking to explore the golfing options in and around Dublin and the surrounding counties.