Located on one hundred and thirty acres of land between the Irish Sea and the Sugarloaf Mountains near Delgany in County Wicklow, the course at Glen of the Downs Golf Club is a 6,443-yard parkland track designed by Peter McEvoy and built to USGA specifications with sand based greens and tees which opened for play in 1998.
There are several pleasant changes in elevation throughout the course which afford some marvelous views of the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea. It is a challenging course that combines natural rolling terrain, undulating greens and almost one hundred bunkers to test the golfing abilities of both professional and handicap golfer alike.
McEvoy is rightly proud of the five par three holes at Glen of the Downs which are, in the designer’s humble opinion, “probably the best set of par threes ever” – quite a claim; but they are, if not the best ever in everybody’s eyes, certainly a very fine set of short holes. The best of the bunch may be the shortest; the 156-yard 7th, played from an elevated tee to a sheltered green with a pond to the left.
The 10th is a par four, 382-yard, right doglegged hole with an unusual green – it is shared with the 8th hole and the putting surface has no less than five tiers – now that’s the type of green that demands a considered approach on the two occasions it is played during the round!