"Druids Glen: whimsy, fairy dust, mystique and awe"

Druids Glen Golf Resort
Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, Ireland
Druids Glen: whimsy, fairy dust, mystique and awe.

There's always a sense of whimsy, fairy dust, mystique and awe in stories about Ireland. And the emergence of County Wicklow's Druids Glen Golf Resort, the 5-star luxury playground for those looking for an escape to paradise, is no exception. Located just 30 minutes drive south of Dublin, you'll experience that sense of awe as you enter and explore this modern deluxe facility which is encircled by lush foliage and gardens, rich history, manicured golf courses and reminders all around you that your are intricately woven into the timeless past that is Ireland. While you have every modern amenity available at any big city hotel, you'll feel the peace and tranquility of the countryside and appreciate the contrast of modern living against the backdrop of sheep grazing in local fields. Unquestionably, this is Ireland at its romantic best!

Druids Glen Golf Club, after its opening in 1995, hosted the Murphy's Irish Open, the premier golfing event in Ireland, known as one of the richest on the European PGA tour, from 1996 to 1999, in 2003, the resort opened the Druids Heath Championship Course which added to its allure as one of the great golf resorts in the world. The resort boasts two 18-hole golf courses where the manicured landscape and gardens of the glen combine with its history to create a magical experience for the golfer which helps explain why Druids Glen was voted European Golf Course of the Year in 2005 and Druids Heath Golf Course played host to the 2006 Irish PGA Championship.

Let's drive through the entry way together and enter the majestic interior of Druids Glen's hotel accommodations. The soaring heights of the wood ceilings, the use of rich woods for the walls, the massive stone fireplaces and the walls of glass that open the interior to bring the lush glen into the interior space, combine creating a framework to feature the outdoors inside. The architecture creates the sense of being in a ski lodge in Colorado or Vermont which makes the North American feel at home in these surroundings created from natural elements and the communion one feels with nature.

And then you step out onto the golf courses and meander through centuries of history that can only be Ireland! Druids Glen was the Woodstock Estate dating from the 1600's and the building that is today its club house was built in 1770. When the first golf course was under construction, an ancient Druid altar was discovered where pre-Christian worship took place. You'll find a statue commemorating the spot at Druids Glen's 12th hole. And don't be surprised if you find a leprechaun ready to caddy for you!

When you return from your day of golfing, a comfortable, well-appointed room will be waiting to welcome you as well with standards that exceed the expectations of the Marriott group of which Druids Glen is a member. You'll find the dining room well appointed and serving excellent cuisine and, for lighter fare, you might want to sit on the heated outdoor deck and enjoy the view.

And if you're planning that “destination wedding” or corporate function where you'll want memorable photos for your album or yearly report, check out the stairway in the lobby area! It's a “Kodak Moment” waiting to be captured!

For those who think this is just too much of a trip, keep in mind that it takes less time to fly from the East Coast of the US to Ireland than to fly from your chosen East Coast airport to California and it's less than half the flight time to Hawaii.

More importantly, it's well worth the trip to meet incredible people who will greet you daily with warm Irish welcomes that make the place, the experience, and the people impossible to forget. And that starts at the top with Druids Glen Golf Resort's CEO, Denis Kane, whose warmth, charm, wit, and laser-sharp focus on delivering a golfer's paradise trickles through every element, every service and every amenity at Druids Glen, County Wicklow, Ireland. Indicative of Kane's innovative thinking, Druids Glen Golf Resort was the first place in Ireland to implement the First Tee program, created with funds provided by Tiger Woods, to establish a program that teaches young people not only how to play golf but focuses on the valuable “life's lessons” one learns playing golf related to honesty, perseverance, constantly bettering oneself, integrity and clean competition.

This is a Must Visit golfing paradise in the tranquil countryside of Ireland within 30 minutes of bustling Dublin. You can't beat that!


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