Druids Glen ‘Reimagined’
Druids Glen Hotel and Golf Resort will re-open the restored Druids Glen course and new clubhouse on June 1, following a €10 million investment.
The County Wicklow golf course was designed by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock and has undergone extensive upgrades over the past 16 months.
Now a 7,222-yard par-72 course built to USGA standards, the restoration project involved stripping over 90,000m2 of topsoil and replacing it. Additionally, the greens required 7,000 tonnes of rootzone, 2,000 tonnes of gravel and 5,000m of drainage. The resort also invested €1.3 million in a modern irrigation system and upgraded pathways, covering a total of 26,000m2.
The project was led by course designer Peter McEvoy OBE, along with John Clarkin of Turfgrass.
Marcus Doyle, Golf Director, says:
“We wanted to take advantage of the technological advances that have emerged in the agronomical world in the past few decades. Our approach was really led by studying the impacts that nature has had, which has helped us to develop effective strategies for positively shaping the new course."
The resort, which was originally built in the 16th century as Woodstock House, has a history that includes hosting four Irish Opens.
Seamus Neville, owner of The Neville Hotel Group, said: “We have made a significant financial commitment to the renovation of Druids Glen Golf Course and Clubhouse, with the aim of bringing it to the very top of the list of world-class golf courses.”