The European Golf Club is to be found in Brittas Bay, County Wicklow in the sunny south-east of Ireland. It is a club that sets up its own way, with the course playing long at well over 7000 yards. That is accompanied by the non-traditional nineteenth and twentieth holes, but these quirks are a big part of what makes The European Club such a celebrated part of Irish links golf.
A core element of The European Club’s appeal is the quality of holes on offer. It is home to some of the finest individual holes anywhere, as is frequently testified to by reviews. The thrilling dune land and views of the Irish Sea are found on nearly every hole, and they add enormously to the layout. The seventh hole is one of the most highly regarded par fours in the world, and was named in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 holes. A powerful straight drive will see you well set, but the sandy dunes lie on the right, with thick rough to the left. Your approach should be a nice bump-and-run shot, an aspect of your game that will be tried throughout the course. If you go aerially, you could well end up looking for your ball on the golden sandy beach behind the green.
The European Club provides a marvellous round of golf, and if you play well here you can play well anywhere on these isles. A testament to that is how Padraig Harrington played here in the Irish Professional Championships in 2007 and 2008. Having honed his game and gone home with the cup, he went on to win the British Open the week after on both occasions.