The European Club Review

The European Club: #7The European Club in County Wicklow

Brittas Bay
County Wicklow
Ireland

August 02nd, 2012 04:03

Reviewer

First Name Lanson
Last Name Kelly
Handicap 13

Course Review and Comments

Had the pleasure of playing here for the first time this week - in wind & rain.
Be warned - this course is not for you if you want a nice leisurly game with wide open fairways! It is a serious test of all aspects of your game - tight fairways, very penal rough, crazy pot bunkers and slopey greens.
You will need 100% concentration on each and every shot - there are no lazy swings allowed on this track!
Talked to the staff afterwards and they said that the course is currently playing US open type rough on a British Open style setup.
All that said - I don't think I've enjoyed a round of golf as much in years.
Every hole has a range of bunkers to catch short - medium-long drives - there is no overpowering it.
Greens have some really nasty runoffs into crazy deep bunkers (RHS bunker on 3rd green will give you nightmares!)
My favorite hole was the 3rd - a great par 5, with a tricky layup and bunkers from hell :)
No weak hole - and 2 great bonus par3s (7a and 12a) to have a bit of fun on.
I finished tired, beaten up - but with a huge grin on my face!
It's not a course you could play every week - but if you want to serious challange your swing, concentration and temperment - there is no better place.
I'm already planning my next visit.

Ratings

Date course was played Tuesday 31st of July 2012
Price paid for golf 60
Price comments Took advantage of their Open Day - fantastic value
Course Design Rating
Course Design Comments Wow - where do I start?
Firstly, this course is not for the casual player - Mr. Ruddy has created a layout that lets the medium to low h/c golfer experience what it must be like for a pro to play a major. No a single weak hole
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Rating
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Comments considering our awful summer - fairways and greens were immaculate
Course Service Rating
Course Service Comments staff were very friendly - informative and accomodating.
Course Facilities Rating
Course Facilities Comments limited compared to a some of it's competitors (Tralee, Lahinch, Doonbeg) but decent locker rooms.
Course Overall Rating
Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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