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Leinster Parkland Druid's Heath

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5.9 (1)

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Address
Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow
Telephone No
+353 (0) 1287 0800
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Province
Leinster
County
Wicklow
The second course at the outstanding Druids Glen resort rises a little this year. There is no questioning the quality of the design, even if it is a little tough for the high handicapper, with pinpoint accuracy needed to hold the invariably raised and well protected green sites. The golden fescues and gorse define the course, allowing the open views over the Wicklow hills to be fully utilised and making the Heath a very different prospect to the older Glen course but an excellent complement.

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Overall rating 
 
5.9
Shot making / Variety 
 
6.0  (1)
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
6.5  (1)
Design Variety 
 
5.5  (1)
Memorability 
 
6.0  (1)
Condition 
 
5.5  (1)
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
6.0  (1)
Overall rating 
 
5.9
Shot making / Variety 
 
6.0
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
6.5
Design Variety 
 
5.5
Memorability 
 
6.0
Condition 
 
5.5
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
6.0
Donal Casey Reviewed by Donal Casey April 29, 2015

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Due to time contraints I played only the front nine.

Shot Making: With the placement of the bunkers generally at the front of the greens (I only played the front nine) together with the water at the second and third holes, approach shots to the greens require serious attention.
There is little variation from the tee on the par 4's and 5's. A driver is the automatic club of choice.

Scenery: The setting of the course in Co. Wicklow within sight of the sea gives it a 'wow' factor. The layout of the course is such that each hole is nicely isolated or separated from the adjoining holes.

Design Variety: The flow and routing (of the front nine) is natural and pleasant. The proximity of the next tee from the previous green is good and assisted by good directional signage.
There is little variation in the par 3's in that both required the same club - the 185 yard third and the 178 yard uphill 5th. The 8th was a welcome variation in the par 4's.
The topography of the course is excellent with no serious climbs involved.
The approach shots into greens require the skills of a low handicapper. In particular, the green at the 2nd has water at the front, rear and LHS with a bunker rear right.
Most of the greens (on the front nine) are bunkered at the front, presenting a serious issue for the high handicapper.
The par 3 third is an excellent hole with water on the left for the full length of the hole and a bunker front right, forcing the golfer to decide 'will I lay up short of the bunker or will I go for it?'.
The fairways are reasonably wide and are fair. The fairway bunkers do not present a major hazard.
In places the rough is severe and problems arise in looking for your ball.
The gorse presents the course very nicely with colour, as long as you keep away from it!

Memorability: The challenges of the course together with the beautiful setting makes for a memorable round of golf, wanting one to return at the next opportunity. The 2nd and 3rd holes are particularly memorable.

Condition: The greens, fairways, tee boxes and bunkers were all in very good condition.
The natural water features and gorse were notable areas of natural bio-diversity.

Playability: The course presents a very fair test for golfers of all abilities.

Comments:

I'd consider this course to be in the region of the 51 to 100 - nearer to the 51 than the 100.

Other Comments:

1. Consideration could be given to the water hazard at the 2nd green becoming a 'lateral water hazard' i.e. red stakes. This would allow for more dropping options, without having to cross the water to drop the ball.
2. The chipping facility between the 1st tee and the driving range could be improved. There is a lack of good grass from which to practice chipping. Also, the practice bunker is penal. The facility needs a bunker at the approximate level of the green.
3. A layout of the hole on each tee-box would be a great assistance to the visiting golfer.
Date of your round
April 26, 2015