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Wicklow

Wicklow, County Wicklow
ArchitectBadgePat Ruddy
Wicklow, County Wicklow
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  • AddressDunbur Rd, Corporation Lands, Wicklow, Ireland

Wicklow golfers first played here on a 9-hole course over a hundred years ago (in 1904 to be exact) and it took another ninety years before the club finally extended the layout to a full eighteen holes. Having sorted out the course, a new clubhouse followed in 2002, just in time for members to celebrate the centenary of Wicklow Golf Club in style.

Measuring a touch under 6,000 yards (with a par of 71), this scenic parkland course is laid out on cliffs overlooking the Irish Sea, with stunning views from many vantage points as it follows the coastline contours and undulations. Many of the hole names are taken from natural features just offshore – “Hens & Chickens” refers to a formation of rocks, “Churn” describes the state of the tides at the 4th tee and “Codling” is the name of a dangerous sandbank just out to sea.

The 406-yard, par four, 6th is the feature hole on the outward half. Its name – “Pebble Beach” – compares this stretch of coast to that of the Monterey Peninsula, California and with a carry from the tee to the fairway over the Irish Sea in excess of 175 yards, you have to ask yourself one question, as posed by former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood in his “Dirty Harry” cinematic role, “Do you feel lucky, punk?”

The four par three holes on the card are all very good but the best is kept until last. “The Glen” is hole number 17 and it has a forced carry of nearly 150 yards over a ravine with two ponds in front and one bunker behind the putting surface. Like the 6th hole, this is a real test of nerve near the end of the round.

Wicklow golfers first played here on a 9-hole course over a hundred years ago (in 1904 to be exact) and it took another ninety years before the club finally extended the layout to a full eighteen holes. Having sorted out the course, a new clubhouse followed in 2002, just in time for members to celebrate the centenary of Wicklow Golf Club in style.

Measuring a touch under 6,000 yards (with a par of 71), this scenic parkland course is laid out on cliffs overlooking the Irish Sea, with stunning views from many vantage points as it follows the coastline contours and undulations. Many of the hole names are taken from natural features just offshore – “Hens & Chickens” refers to a formation of rocks, “Churn” describes the state of the tides at the 4th tee and “Codling” is the name of a dangerous sandbank just out to sea.

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Pat Ruddy

Pat Ruddy was born in the small town of Ballina in County Mayo, but raised in the even smaller town of Ballymote, in County Sligo, where his father Martin (who was known as ‘Sid’) ran the local post office.

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