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The European Club

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Founded: 1993
Designer: Pat Ruddy
Championship Length: 7,149 yards
PAR: 71
Type: Links
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Who this course is best for:

A golf who would like to play a World Top 100 course (by most accounts), A golfer who would enjoy a newer traditional links course with deep bunkers, rugged design, and the vast majority of holes present themselves in entirety on the tee box.

Overview:

The links of the European Club has developed into one of Ireland’s finest links golf courses in a relatively short period of time. There is usually one reason and one reason only for this rapid progression to “must play” status and that reason is quality, a trait that is inherent at the European Club. The combination of rugged dunes, deep bunkers, sea breezes and large undulating greens calls on the golfer to display strength of character, an ability to think and shot-making skills.

The designer of the European Club attempted to modernize the traditional values of links golf and this has been achieved with magnificent results. Blind shots, deemed by many as an archaic feature of links golf, have largely been banished from the agenda at the European Club, with 14 holes offering a complete tee-to-green vista and the remaining holes providing a clearly visible landing area. Fast running fairways, greens that invite the pitch and run approach and acres of tall, waving grasses and golden flowered gorse are, of course, the very essence of links golf, and all remain in abundance at the European Club.

At first glance, the European Club presents an awesome challenge, with yawning bunkers and fairways seeming like mere ribbons through the sand hills. The truth is that the links has been designed primarily as a place for real golfers, for those who both think and play well. Weaker players are advised to play within the scope of their talents and refrain from undue acts of aggression against a golf course that takes few prisoners. In short, the handicap golfer must learn to use his handicap stroke to achieve a net par and try not to look at the hole as a potential net birdie. Discipline is rarely more rewarded than at the European Club.

The layout here offers an irregular pattern of pars, with three par 3’s, and like Royal Birkdale, Turnberry and the Old Course at St. Andrews, only two par 5’s. The heart of your round at the European Club is the stretch from holes 7 through 13, which features six substantial par 4’s and one bone crunching par 5 of almost 600 yards. Make no mistake that this is a links designed to be great. Growth and time will see the course develop from a great links to one of the world’s finest. But as the saying goes, “The man who made time, made plenty of it.” We’ll just wait and see.

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Five rounds of golf:

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