The European Club
Brittas Bay, Ireland
This is what happens when you let a critic design their dream course
Every critic thinks they can do it better. With Ireland’s European Club, a critic actually put his money where is mouth is and built his dream course on a site deserving of his insight. The results are fantastic. It’s a hard, but it lacks the blind shots and oddities of many other links (it being a 20 hole course notwithstanding). There is also a sense of fun that permeates it; you can tell this is a passion project of somebody who loves golf and doesn’t take things too seriously. Even better, said critic-turned-architect has remained onsite over the past 30 years constantly tinkering, improving and refining. The result is one of Ireland’s best courses, and certainly it’s most vital.
This is an inspiring place for golf, huge dunes provide tremendous definition and the Irish Sea is very much a backcloth. It’s a bit of a monster too; the 18-hole layout stretches to more than 7,000 yards, a challenging par 71. Two par 3s (7a & 12a) make up the par 77 20-hole layout and they are definitely worth playing, making a refreshing break from tradition…There is no doubt that Ruddy has a sense of humour – the scorecard is full of witticisms, even the green on the par four 12th is humorous at over 125 yards long, with any three putt being an achievement.Top 100 Golf Courses
What To Know
Yardage & Tees
When to Play
The European Club is open year around, weather permitting.
February through July are slightly drier, while the warmest temperatures can be found June through September. The wind is most calm May through September. April through October is a fine time to play, with May-July being your best bet.
Greens fees last verified February 2019. View them on theeuropeanclub.com.
Visitor Tee Times
Visitors may play The European Club at any time except before 10 a.m. on Sundays.
Rentals & Caddies
Caddies are not available and you cannot bring an outside caddie. You can purchase a course guide for €5.
Clubs are available to rent for €40.
Pull carts are available to rent for €4.
Golf carts are available to rent for €40.
Ardanairy, Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Dublin (54 miles / 1 hour 10 minutes)
Belfast (98 miles / 3 hours 30 minutes)
The European Club has a driving range – balls are €5 – and putting greens.
Other Things To Know
Year built: 1987
Architects: Pat Ruddy