Friday 9 December 2016

Golfing heaven and tranquil relaxation just a short distance from Dublin

Published 23/11/2015 | 15:32

Paul Dunne put Wicklow golf back on the map with his sensational showing in this year’s British Open when, as an amateur, he went into the last day with a share of the lead.

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It was the first time that that amazing stat has been mentioned since 1927. Although a last-round collapse saw him drift down the field, Dunne had made his entrance and he has since gone on and claimed his European Tour card for next season.

Eamonn Darcy was the last golfer from Wicklow to be held in such esteem.

It’s no wonder that the Garden County can produce such talents on the fairways and greens. The clue is in the name.

The Garden County is home to some of the most testing and picturesque parkland golf courses in Ireland. That translates to some of the best in the world, considering Ireland’s standing when it comes to world golf courses.

Driving into the entrance of Powerscourt golf club, it’s hard to believe you are just a 30-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city centre.

It’s a monstrous area of staggering beauty that captures your attention straight away with its long entrance flanked by spectacular oak trees and a stunning valley and forest on the left.

For the avid lover of parklands golf, it’s a sight that will take any mind away from the yips.

Home of two 18-hole Championship courses, Powerscourt was voted Ireland’s top parklands course in 2014 and after one round on either the East or West course, it’s easy to see why.

On arrival at the club house, the stunning entrance is matched by a modern, spacious building with large pro shop and elegant changing rooms downstairs.

Upstairs is a lounge and restaurant that oozes class and if you want a more traditional, snug-like drink there is another smaller bar that offers the warmest of welcomes.

While a decent sized balcony overlooking the two courses, Powerscourt’s 19th hole is every bit as special as the 36 others out on the East and West course.

And here is where one problem with Powerscourt arises – East or West course?

The East Course was designed by the talented golfer and successful Walker Cup captain Peter McEvoy, who brilliantly follows the contours of this mature and historic landscape.

It has hosted the 1998 Irish PGA, which three time major winner Padraig Harrington won in a playoff, and also the 2001 Irish Seniors Open.

The West course brings David McLay Kidd’s (Designer of Bandon Dunes in Oregan) experience and detail for a challenging, rewarding and highly enjoyable golf course to life.

Both courses come complete with a 12-bay practice area, putting green and chipping area. With a fabulous, five-star hotel to boot, Powerscourt is the perfect getaway for a weekend and just a short drive from the centre of Dublin.

Test yourself on the daunting East and West courses, pamper yourself in the exotic spa in the hotel and enjoy fine dining and a drink in the cosy bar. If this sounds like you, Powerscout is for you.

Membership for Powerscourt is now open at very competitive rates.

For enquiries please contact 01 204 6033

Powerscourt Golf Club, Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

www.powerscourtgolfclub.com

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