Thing to Do Category: Recreation
- Address: Glen of the Downs
Glen Of The Downs
This Parkland designed course which measures 6,443 yards from the back tees, plays much like a links course.
The entire course has been designed and built to USGA specifications with sand based greens and tees. Course Designer Peter McEvoy’s concept was to “build a course to provide golfing conditions and aesthetics to delight.”
Among its features is a five-tier double green which is shared by the 8th and 10th holes. Yet sandwiched in between, is a quite lovely par five – the 9th, which measures 500 yards off the back. Although index 18, it brings it’s fair share of heartbreaks as well as delight.
Golfers of all levels will find the course a challenge with its natural slopes and valleys combined with McEvoy’s trademark undulating greens and some 90 bunkers. With truly magnificent panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea, McEvoy claimed, ‘the views made this site a designer’s dream.’
Peter, whose successes include Powerscourt and Rathsallagh amongst others, believes he has constructed ‘probably the best set of par 3’s ever’.
From Dublin (M50): Follow signs for Dun Laoghaire Stena Line Car & Passenger Ferry, the M50 links up with N11 at Fosters Avenue, Stillorgan (opposite the Radisson SAS Hotel). Take the Southbound Carriageway of the N11 following signs for Bray, Wicklow or Wexford. Continue Southbound through Stillorgan, Foxrock, Cabinteely, Loughlinstown, then by-pass Shankill and Bray. After the village of Kilmacanogue, continue Southbound for 2.5 miles and take the first left exit after the flyover opposite the Glenview Hotel. Continue up that road for 500 yards and take the first right turn. Continue driving for 0.5 miles and you will see the Golf Course on the left. The entrance is on the left also.
From Wexford / Rosslare: Follow signs for Dublin / N11, then continue straight on N11 through Enniscorthy, Gorey, Arklow (by-passed) and Wicklow (by-passed). At Rathnew turn left still following Northbound N11 and continue through Ashford, Newtownmountkennedy (by-passed) and Kilpedder. After driving north through the Glen of the Downs, take the first left exit for the Glenview Hotel. Turn right at the next mini junction then right again accross the flyover. Take the second left turn. Continue driving for 0.5 miles and you will see the Golf Course on your left. The entrance is on the left also.
From Dublin City Airport: At main exit roundabout, follow signs for City Centre at the Drumcondra Road take left for East Link Toll Bridge (Landmark – Bank of Ireland on corner) then continue along Clonliffe Road following signs for East Link Toll Bridge and cross over the toll bridge (€1.35 for a car). At roundabout turn left onto Beach Road. Follow the signs for N11 / Dun Laoghaire. Turn left just after the level crossing and continue straight along Rock Road, through Blackrock and eventually turn left onto N11 at Cornelscourt. Continue Southbound through Cabinteely, Loughlinstown, then by-pass Shankill and Bray. After the village of Kilmacanogue, continue Southbound for 2.5 miles. Take the first left exit after the flyover opposie the Glenview Hotel. Continue up that road for 500 yards and take the first right turn. Continue driving for 0.5 miles and you will see the Golf Course on the left. The entrance is on the left also.
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