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 golf club is situated on the southern portion of Wicklow town and provides a scenic overview of the Irish Sea and central Wicklow towards the north. The first opening hole takes you downhill facing north with a bumpy, up and down fairway with houses on the left side. I dread to think how many balls are smashed into their backgardens when the wind is out! From the 2nd onwards its starts to run along the coast. The 3rd hole is an enjoyable short driveable par 4 which gives you the oppurtunity to grab a birdie to help get your round going. The 5th hole also has a interesting feature of a peninsual style tee box (white tee) which sticks out requiring you to hit over the sea.
Some of the holes throughout the course have realtively tight fairways, whereby any errant shots are likely to land on different fairways, club control and flight control is deffinetly required most holes! There are a few holes where you can "open up" but most of the time you can leave the driver in the bag (the course is relatively short though the hilly nature of the course adds on a few yards here and there).
The clubhose has a great bar area which overlooks the course and sea. Staff were friendly and helpfull. I booked a last minute tee time with a couple of colleagues and recall it being a good price.
Overall an enjoyable course that I would happily play again and recommend.
Played: Dec 2016
How fit are you?! A bit Mickey Mouse- hills everywhere and have to aim 50 yards off target for the ball to come back to the fairway.
A stunning golf course that photographs do not do justice to. Just returned from a golf tour of this area and I have to say that I would return at the earliest opportunity. The clubhouse is superb, set on the cliff tops just south of the town with amazing views out over the course and into the Irish Sea. Staff were extremely pleasant and could not do enough to make our day more memorable. The course is not the longest and there is a little clutter of a few holes around the clubhouse in the middle of the round. That said, the tees, fairways and greens are in superb condition with the greens running I would estimate, at around a knee trembling 11 on the stimp. I noticed that most members walk this course, but I would suggest that paying for a buggy is well worth the investment as there is little flat ground here. The day we played, it was totally benign of wind or rain, however beware, I would imagine that this course would have teeth of a shark in windy weather. I have played in many countries and would say that the value for money offered by this course (£34 green fee inc. buggy) was one of the best I have ever encountered.