No 15 - The European Club

Pat Ruddy set up the European Club nearly 20 years ago to bring world-class golf to County Wicklow, and the breathtaking magnificence of the links he created has expedited its climb up the rankings

The European Club

15 THE EUROPEAN CLUB

Architect: Ruddy 2006 position: 15 Stats: 6,720 yds; par 71; SSS 72 GF: €100-€250 T: 00353 404 47415 W: theeuropeanclub.com (opens in new tab)

Pat Ruddy set up the European Club nearly 20 years ago to bring world-class golf to County Wicklow, and the breathtaking magnificence of the links he created has expedited its climb up the rankings.

The off-course facilities are understated compared with other golfing fruits of the Celtic Tiger economy, but the course stands up against any, as evidenced by Padraig Harrington wisely opting to play (and win) the Irish PGA here the week before both his 2007 and ’08 Open victories.

Glorious views, glorious holes, and a warm welcome from the Ruddy family who still run the ship. JE

+ Excellent, often stern test; 20 holes for your money; friendly welcome - Sleepered faces daunting for average sand players; pricey in high season

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Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


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