Druids Heath - Wicklow - Ireland

Druids Glen Golf Resort,
Newtownmountkennedy,
Co.Wicklow,
Ireland


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  • Marcus Doyle

  • Pat Ruddy

  • George Henry


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What did it take for Druids Glen to become European Golf Resort in 2005? First in 1995, they fashioned the fantastic Druids Glen golf course over 175 acres of beautiful County Wicklow countryside. Then they added a magnificent 148-room hotel – with full conference and leisure centre facilities – which was completed in 2002. Finally in 2003, they got Pat Ruddy to design and build another course, Druids Heath, to complement Druids Glen.

Druids Heath is a mix of heathland and parkland with some links-like elements thrown in for good measure. Distance is the main factor of difficulty with every one of the ten par fours over four hundred yards in length (one measures 513 yards from the back tees) and three of the four par threes are more than 200 yards long.

Length isn’t everything, however. Holes at Druids Heath have been routed to take advantage of some dramatic elevation changes, adding interest to the round every step of the way. Although water features at only a handful of holes, there are plenty of other obstacles to be avoided on the course including gorse, trees, rough and over one hundred well-positioned bunkers.

There are no easy holes here. Just when you think you have done well to earn a respite after five strong par fours from the 6th to the 10th holes, you discover the par three 11th is all of 250 yards from the back markers, albeit downhill. Some relief!

Druids Heath has not one but two signature holes, played back-to-back. The first, the long par four 12th measures a massive 492 yards and it plays every inch of that distance. The tee shot is played uphill to a fairway that then turns slightly right, breaking gently downhill with a left to right slope to a pond. The green is past a shoulder on the left of the fairway, protected by bunkers left and right, framed by trees to the back right of the putting surface. Most golfers will be pleased to get close in two then hope for a chip and putt to save par.

The 420-yard par four 13th has a stand of trees to be negotiated at the left hand side of the landing area. They have to be cleared or the tee shot drawn round them to set up the approach shot. The hole then turns downhill to the right and the second shot must avoid a pond to the front, a large, mature tree immediately to the left and couple of bunkers to the front and right of the angled green. Not many golfers will be able to walk to the 14th tee with fours marked on the card for the preceding two holes.

It’s early days yet in the life cycle of a golf course, but some commentators rate Druids Heath above the acclaimed Druids Glen course. The only way to judge for yourself is to play them both and then decide which you prefer.

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Description: The Druids Heath golf course at Druids Glen is a mix of heathland and parkland with some links-like elements thrown in for good measure. Rating: 3.7 out of 6 Reviews: 7

Very bland course with little to write praise about

3 / 6
Druids Heath
February 05, 2018


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Played 12/10/14 was a windy day and dry. Played off White tees. My handicapp is 2. First impressions, fairly open big wide fairways massive fairway bunkers, with big undulating greens which were fast and running smooth. The overall layout of the course was most boring especially the front 9. It picked up alittle better on the back 9. Long tough par 3s and long par 4s. Overall the golf course is not bad condition for time of year. Really not a course I would visit again well definitely not visit it again. Druids Glen is a different grade go there... you will want to go back time after time.
3 / 6
Druids Heath
October 16, 2014


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If I was awarding a score based on first impressions, the Heath would have got 7 balls. But a brutally honest appraisal would suggest that apart from the stretch through the ridiculously tough 12th, the excellent 13th, and idyllic 14th, the course is nondescript once past the opening trio. Well, nondescript apart from the greens, which are nothing short of cruel - completely unreadable in places, and hugely varying in speed. The speed of putts on holes 1-3 bore no relation to anything on the back 9 (I played the course on consecutive days at different times, so this wasn't weather related). Anyway, the 13th is now officially the toughest hole I've played anywhere, to the point that it's not even enjoyable. To summarise, the Heath is okay, and as second courses go, it's pretty good. But it's just not that much fun to play; it's a bit bland and a bit cruel. Also as it is so different in terms of style, it is no preparation or complement for the thoroughly excellent Druids Glen sister course. I'd advise visitors to pay more and play the Glen twice instead.  
3 / 6
Druids Heath
April 11, 2011


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The Heath course at Druids stands up on its own and exceeded my expectations. As early as the 2nd and 3rd holes you get a real treat; a downhill par-5 to a near island green and then a par-3, not unlike Augusta’s 16th to be honest. There are some holes on the back nine that are very special; the great 12th with a tough drive and an even tougher approach over water. The 13th, again with the shot to the green over water but much shorter than the 12th but for handicap golfers a couple of bogeys on these two holes are good scores. For a stay and play package in and around Dublin, look no further than this resort – I would recommend Druids to everyone.
4 / 6
Druids Heath
August 01, 2009


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I was expecting a typical hotel/resort course as an afterthought add on to Druids Glen, but what I got was a very decent heathland course that more than excels on it's own merits. I particularly enjoyed the holes with water - 2nd with the green defended by a lake, the 3rd - a long par 3 with a lateral lake on the left and both 12th & 13th made you really think about ball placement off the tee. But the variety amongst all the holes was what kept it interesting for me. It would make a great short break to stay & play two very different courses over two days, (and is just down the road from the European). Would definitely visit again.
5 / 6
Druids Heath
July 13, 2009


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Druids Heath was one of the unexpected highlights of our recent trip to Ireland which included a round on the fabulous Druids Glen course. The Heath is very different in character to the Glen and does not have as many great holes but it is an excellent test of golf on a thoughtfully designed course. As per its older sister, the Heath was in great condition in June and was more forgiving for the average golfer, allowing for more respectable scoring. That said it has some decent holes, most of which feature water and the greens putted extremely well. Worth playing and a good accompaniment to Druids Glen which will always be the main attraction at this very good golf resort.
4 / 6
Druids Heath
June 26, 2009


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Played the Heath last year, and I have to say it has overtaken the Glen as the main course. It has some of the most unusual holes I have ever played, but very enjoyable. The greens are very good. It is a pity they have let the Glen course suffer.
4 / 6
Druids Heath
August 23, 2006


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