Friday, February 8, 2013

Druid's Glen Package for £95 - YGT

Your Golf Travel are advertising a special deal at Druid's Glen Resort at the moment. It's aimed at GB golfers coming to Ireland (the offer is in £ Sterling), but Irish golfers can benefit from it too.
Druid's Glen. Par three 11th hole - green to tee (above the cross)

And for £95 (approx. €110) for 1 night B and B and 2 rounds of golf (1 Glen; 1 Heath) you might be inclined to take advantage between now and, well, December. The offer runs on different days, including £95 on EVERY Sunday until the end of the year, but even at peak season the maximum price is £115.
The Glen
I have a little love affair thing going on with the Druid's Glen golf course. In Hooked I say 'Every hole is packed with imagination, shape and character' and having played it several times since the book was published I still believe every word of that statement. And you won't find a better set of par threes anywhere. It is a course I adore for the sheer thrill of every hole.

Druid's Glen loves to pitch itself as the "The Augusta of Europe” which is no surprise given its colourfulness and vibrancy. It was designed by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock, and opened in 1995. It then hosted the Irish Open four years in a row. Monty won two years running, followed by David Carter and then Sergio with his final round 64.

The Heath
The Heath course, also designed by Pat Ruddy, opened in 2005. It has blazes of brilliance (holes 11 to 14 are superb) but it is a tough track that calls for every ounce of concentration and energy over a crumpled landscape that leaves many landing areas hidden from view. It is best played in March when the gorse burns bright, turning the par three 14th into an amphitheatre of fire. Mind you, after the lethal par four 12th, you may already be well and truly burned.

Druid's Heath. 18th hole - green back up fairway (moon on left - in the sky!)
If you're thinking of a longer trip, then the Druid's Glen Resort is a great base from which to play some excellent golf. My recommendations would be Paul McGinley's Macreddin and Coollattin on the edges of the Wicklow Mountains, Pat Ruddy's peerless European Club (pricey, but worth it) just north of Arklow, and the entertaining seaside course that is Wicklow Golf Club. Even closer to the resort is Greystones Golf Club, my home course - drop me a line if you fancy a round.

For some more photos:
Druid's Glen
Druid's Heath

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