The European Club is situated close to Dublin (30 miles away) between two coastal towns, Wicklow and Arklow. It opened for play just I the beginning of the nineties, therefore this course does not have a long history. However the European Club is considered to be an inspiring place to play golf. It is genuinely natural as the giant dunes and the Irish sea in the back provides a beautiful set.
Signature hole - the 7th Hole:
The 7th hole of the course with its 470 yard length and par 4 is currently ranked within the world’s best 100 holes. It is situated on a sandbank which is going through a bed of reeds.
The course was designed by Pat Ruddy, who owns and operates it with the help of his family. Ruddy discovered the land by a trip when he was looking for the perfect location for a classic golf course and he created a magnificent links which is ranked 68th in top hundred courses all over the world. Many champions have discovered the unique atmosphere of the European Club, currently Tiger Woods is holding the course record of 67. The European Club is famous for hosting the Irish PGA Championship in 2007 and 2008.
Quotes: The Golf Word Expert Review perfectly summarizes what we need to know about the European Club:
“The 20-hole eccentric links is only 13 years old yet feels like it has been there forever. No wonder it's a regular stop for golf course record holder Tiger Woods on his pre-Open warm-up Tour of classic Irish links. And no wonder The European is sitting pretty in 30th spot in Golf World's Top 100 Courses You Must Play listing.”
European Club, The European Club, Brittas Bay, Wicklow, Ireland