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Leinster Links European

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7.9 (5)

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Address
Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow
Telephone No
+353 (0) 404 47415
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links/parkland
Links
Province
Leinster
County
Wicklow
Pat Ruddy's iconic links can be daunting but never dull and feature 20-holes of exciting links golf through tumbling dunes with dramatic views of the Irish Sea from no fewer than 16 of the holes.

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Average user rating from: 5 user(s)

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Overall rating 
 
7.9
Shot making / Variety 
 
8.2  (5)
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
8.5  (5)
Design Variety 
 
8.2  (5)
Memorability 
 
8.7  (5)
Condition 
 
8.4  (5)
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
5.2  (5)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Shot making / Variety 
 
5.0
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
5.0
Design Variety 
 
5.0
Memorability 
 
5.0
Condition 
 
5.0
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
5.0
please remove this review Reviewed by please remove this review June 13, 2015
Last updated: March 22, 2017

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Date of your round
June 05, 2014
Overall rating 
 
9.0
Shot making / Variety 
 
9.0
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
10.0
Design Variety 
 
9.5
Memorability 
 
10.0
Condition 
 
9.5
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
6.0
Peter H Reviewed by Peter H April 05, 2015
Last updated: June 28, 2015
Overall rating 
 
8.3
Shot making / Variety 
 
8.5
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
9.0
Design Variety 
 
8.5
Memorability 
 
9.5
Condition 
 
8.5
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
5.5
Nick Fingleton Reviewed by Nick Fingleton March 03, 2014

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I had forgotten what a gem the European Club was having not played it for a few years.Treated really well in the Pro Shop and bar/restaurant. Played twice in January and despite a few horrendous showers our group of 12 thoroughly enjoyed the rounds. Playing off the whites into a stiff breeze was tricky on some of the longer Par 4's as where the downwind par 3's. Hard to pick a favourite or weak hole as they all have their merits. Ability to fade/draw off some of the tees helps considerably. The greens and fairways were in good condition for January and the recent weather.Beware some of the bunkers as they do punish you with steep faces.
Not sure about the water in front of 18 but still a good finishing hole.
Date of your round
January 25, 2014
Overall rating 
 
8.7
Shot making / Variety 
 
9.5
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
9.5
Design Variety 
 
9.0
Memorability 
 
9.0
Condition 
 
9.5
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
4.5
louis flanagan Reviewed by louis flanagan April 14, 2013

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wow, wow and wow. this is one amazing golf course. everything about it oozes with class. the proshop staff are so friendly. the practice green is perfect. the course in manicured to the highest standards. the cups are cut so clean. the greens are fast but fair. the scenery is just a dream. put this club on your bucket list. well done to everybody in the european club you have it just right.
Date of your round
March 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
8.7
Shot making / Variety 
 
9.0
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
9.0
Design Variety 
 
9.0
Memorability 
 
10.0
Condition 
 
9.5
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
5.0
Niall Reviewed by Niall April 10, 2013
Last updated: April 12, 2013

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I was encouraged to write this review by friends, yet my normally reliable memory fights any effort to relive the events of the day I visited The European.

Most horror stories begin with a happy scene on a beautiful day. I had just sat down to relax late on a Sunday evening after a fun weekend when my phone beeped. A text from a long lost friend in California read "Hey Niall, golf visit to Ireland in 2 weeks, free spot for European Club. Interested?" Naively I thought at the time my luck was in.

Three Californian men who in preceding days had played Waterville, Lahinch and Mount Juliet met me in a FREEZING, murky and VERY rainy Brittas Bay full of tales of their golfing exploits. Five hours later they would have been doing well to remember the names of the courses they had played earlier in the week. If I were to review every Irish course and I was only allowed use a 10 for one criteria of one course, it would go to Memorability for The European.

It's a very unusual course of serious beauty and the best routing from teeboxes I've ever seen. There are no bunkers in The European, only towering sand chasms. My round was played on the worst day in the middle of a miserable patch of weather, and despite our buggies struggling to make it from green to tee in a couple of places due to effects of the incessant downpours, the condition of the course itself was almost immaculate. The winter placing rule was not used once by any player in the worst golfing conditions imaginable.

After nine holes my playing partners wanted to use the 'restroom' and a clubhouse official kindly asked me how I was getting on. I told him my irons were great but I was having an off day with the driver. He knew exactly what that meant, I'd already lost SIX balls. In fact I would have run out of balls in my bag except that I found TEN while searching for my own.

I nearly broke my wrist trying to get a ball back into play on one hole. Due to that and various other injuries inflicted on my body during that round it was a week before I could get back to my fitness classes and two weeks before I could fully swing a golf club again. It was that horrific.

My revenge on the course is to give an honest assessment of its playability. I broke this down into two elements:
5/5 for having good shots rewarded and poor shots punished
0/5 for prospects of finishing this course with the same ball you started and feeling good about your game.

Given that these are the criteria for rating Irish courses, I believe The European is too high in the Top 100 list at 7. It has MAJOR playability issues.
Date of your round
March 07, 2013