Powerscourt (East) - Wicklow - Ireland

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Fifteen years ago, County Wicklow was a golfing wilderness and the travelling golfer would pass the county by in a rush to play Kerry's charming delights. Today, there are four outstanding golfing facilities: Rathsallagh, Druids Glen, The European Club and Powerscourt. In fact, there is enough action going on at the celebrated Powerscourt Estate to keep the golfer and the non-golfer happy for days. There's the historic Powerscourt House, the Italian and Japanese gardens, the Pepper Pot Tower - they've even got their own garden centre and waterfall, which tumbles 600 feet down the mountainside.

The original East course at Powerscourt opened for play in 1996, designed by former Walker Cup Captain Peter McEvoy. A mere two years after Powerscourt opened, Padraig Harrington won the Irish PGA Championship and in 2001, it was the venue for the AIB European Senior Tour. Needless to say, the East course is a serious test, especially from the championship tees, which stretch out beyond 7,000 yards. McEvoy has worked with the natural contours of this mature and historic landscape in an harmonious and sympathetic way. There is nothing manufactured, except perhaps for a couple of water features, and we'll forgive him for that.

The most striking features of the course, with the exception of its magnificent location beneath the Sugarloaf Mountain, are the amazing contoured greens. Their shapes are simply extraordinary and worthy of the green fee in their own right.

Powerscourt has recently added a second course to the portfolio – the West. Like the East course, the West offers a variety of challenging holes and it presents an alternative perspective on the stunning Powerscourt scenery. This parkland course has some links characteristics and David McLay Kidd designed it with top class tournaments in mind, although golfers of all abilities will enjoy it. This recent addition surely makes Powerscourt one of the most desirable golfing destinations in the east of Ireland.

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Description: The East course at Powerscourt Golf Club is a serious test, especially from the championship tees, which stretch out beyond 7,000 yards. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Powerscourt possesses two golf courses the East and the West. Both parkland encircling the much celebrated Powerscourt, owned and run by the Slazenger family, famous for sporting goods. Due to the economic boom experienced in late 1990's in Ireland Powerscourt along with places like Druids Glen, Rathsallagh and the K Club became popular clubs for many people who found new money but found the waiting list in traditional Dublin Clubs too taxing and time consuming.

In my opinion the better of the two courses at Powerscourt is the East which was designed by Peter McEvoy, however I must stress it is only considered better as it is stacked alongside the much maligned West course. The most memorable holes on this course are at the start and finish to the round, with many of the holes around the middle leaving alot to be desired. The second is an interesting dog leg right-left uphill par 5, with a huge oak tree situated in the middle of the approach to the green having to be dealt with. The 16th is a nice medium length par 3 with an interesting green played to at an angle from the tee with a lake lurking for anyone who comes up short. The 17th is the strongest hole on the course I feel. A right to left sweeping par 5, played from an elevated tee to a green guarded by water to the front and right and on the left by dense gorse. This hole possesses my favourite attribute of course design the "risk reward" factor, with the player being presented with a realistic eagle opportunity if he is aggressive and accurate with his tee shot and his approach.

As I mentioned the above three holes are far and away the best on the course, with the other 15 leaving serious question marks. I would not normally be one to make sweeping statements but Powerscourt I believe is one of the most overrated golf complexes in Europe, the two courses are extremely average and I cannot believe two such distinguished designers could not produce a better collection of holes across an almost blank canvas. The noteriety Powerscourt achieves most definitely is related to its proximity to Dublin(12 Miles) and as such it receives very undeserved praise, from people who have little or no knowledge of what constitutes a real golf course. If I had the choice I would much sooner play McEvoy's creation at Rathsallagh, it is I believe the most natural newly created parkland course I have ever seen, the course blends in with exceptionally beautiful surroundings, mature trees and stunning water features. I believe this course has un-limited potential and would stress upon anyone to play it, it would be an exceptional venue for a tour event. If I was to rank in order the Dublin suburban new parkland courses my list would appear as follows 1. K Club Palmer 2. Druids Glen 3. Rathsallagh 4. Carton House Montgomerie 5. Palmerstown House 6. The Heritage 7 Luttrelstown Castle 8 K Club Smurfit 9 Carton House O Meara 10 Castleknock Nick
3 / 6
Powerscourt (East)
November 21, 2010

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May 26, 2016
While I haven't played the West course, and would not have enough experience in playing in some of the other well known golf complexes around Europe, this review is very much on the money. I did play it after a long winter and obviously it wasn't in optimum condition but there are so many average, uninspired holes that I came away thinking that there are a lot of vested golfers making some pretty biased reviews. 5 or 6 nice holes but there are much nicer golf courses within a stones throw that will not be as expensive.
Powerscourt has two excellent course. The older of the two is the East, designed by Peter McEvoy. This review is of the East course but the West course, designed by David McClay Kidd of Bandon Dunes fame, is as good or better. If you are visiting here you must allow time to play both courses. The setting is fabulous in the world famous Powersourt Demesne. Although the courses are quite high with great views of Sugarloaf, they do not appear to be too hilly when ypu play them. The East has a great 2nd hole set alongside the tree-lined driveway. There is a stand of very large trees in the fairway encouraging you to play safe down the right or go for a narrow gap up the left and straight the green. The greens here are large and some have serious contours, especially the par 4 7th. The par 3s all play downhill from raised tees and offer enticing targets. There are many good holes like the tough par 4 8th and the slight dog-leg 14th but the best hole is the par 5 17th which has a nice teeing area, a natural valley of a fairway running between trees and a very interesting shot to the green, probably third shot, over a lake to a narrow contoured green. Super clubhouse and extremely well organised club.
5 / 6
Powerscourt (East)
August 11, 2006

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A wonderfully mature course for such a baby. Some of the views are breathtaking, Sugar Loaf mountain in particular. The course itself did not offer up many memorable holes, but the holes were both playable and challenging. A good test and enjoyable at the same time. Well worth a visit.
4 / 6
Powerscourt (East)
June 02, 2004

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