Thing to Do Category: Recreation
In keeping with the tradition of the Druids Glen Resort, the sensational Druids Heath championship course provides a unique and thrilling experience for all golfers. Maintained to tour standards, the golf course is carved from the natural landscape of Ireland’s Garden County with rolling fairways, natural rock quarries, lakes, trees, streams, gorse, pot-bunkers and a testing sea breeze. In addition to a warm Irish welcome, golfers will experience breathtaking scenery throughout their round.
Druids Heath is simply what golf is all about. This links style heathland course consists of a front nine holes overlooking the Irish Sea and a back nine holes nestling among the Wicklow Mountains.
America’s legendary golf writer James W. Finegan, describes holes 12 and 13 as follows:
“…in the 12th and 13th, a pair of thrilling and intimidating two-shotters, Pat Ruddy has given us the rarest thing in the game, two original golf holes. The average year finds me visiting 40 to 50 golf courses worldwide, many of them for the first time. The total number of original – i.e. unique – golf holes I will play in an entire year is four or five. Here, at Druids Heath, are two of them. The 473 yard 12th climbs into an uphill landing area. We can see it but nothing beyond the crest. A downslope, then moving right, leads to the green. The second shot is tension-ridden. It is long, at least 225 yards for most of us. A large spur of rough-covered ground juts in boldly from the left, forcing us to edge right, where a lake awaits. This shot is one of the most unforgettable – and unsettling – shots you will ever play.
The 13th is only 345 yards from the white markers. Trees in the left side of the elevated landing area – not at it but in it – menace the drive (just what are we capable of pulling off here?). The second shot bends right and must clear water and sand while at the same time avoiding a mature tree blockading the left front of the green, itself on the far side of a dip. The green is sharply angled to the flight of the shot.
It is likely that no hole you’ve ever encountered looks or plays like 12 or 13 at Druids Heath.”
From Dublin City: From Dublin take the N11 South. Take the Newtownmountkennedy exit (first exit after Kilpeddar/Kilquade. At the roundabout take the first left (this is signposted for Druids Heath, Marriott Hotel). Turn right at the 1st T-Junction and then right at the 2nd T-Junction. Take the next road to the left and the entrance is on the on the left.
From Wexford: Take the N11 North. Take the Newtownmountkennedy exit. In Newtownmountkennedy village take right for Kilcoole / Druids Glen. Drive for approx 1.5 miles, take turn off to the right signposted for Marriott Druids Glen & Country Club/ Druids Heath Golf Course. Entrance is on the left.
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