Rathsallagh Golf Club reopened in June 2016 having been brought back to its previous splendour after 18 months of hard work and investment under new ownership. The magnificent course, which first opened in 1994, was designed by Peter McEvoy and the late Christy O’Connor Jnr. It sits in beautiful parkland near Dunlavin Co Wicklow with mature woodland lining all the fairways.
Over the years it has challenged and delighted golfers of all abilities. In September 2017, the course was reconfigured so that play begins and ends in front of the clubhouse and a new Par 3 hole was built in the woods between the old 1st and 2nd holes bridging a small river. The old 10th hole (index 1) is now the opening hole – so the ‘wow factor’ is evident right from the very first shot. The re-routing occurs during the middle of the game and players will intertwine the ‘old’ back and front nines for a totally fresh experience.
Rathsallagh is a golf course built to championship standard, routed over rolling terrain and with a number of burns, ditches and ponds that bring water into play on several holes. Hundreds of mature trees flank the fairways. The bunkers are always challenging - such is the brilliance of its layout it is often described as offering some of the best bunkers in Ireland both in terms of construction and intelligent placement. The condition of the course is almost second to none, the greens were built to the highest USGA specification. The course is beautifully maintained by Course Superintendent Bobby Fisher and his team.
Use of the landscape is a key feature of Rathsallagh and this is truly apparent as the golfer ambles through the exciting newly reconfigured course layout. When golfers finish on the 18th hole, it is just a few steps to reach the sanctuary of the clubhouse veranda. A perfect place to enjoy an after-golf drink and meal, with spectacular views of the course and rolling Wicklow landscape.
Mick O'Shea is the Club PGA Professional who keeps a well-stocked shop as well as being available to give Golf Lessons and any other golfing assistance that might make your visit even more enjoyable.
A popular choice for all kinds of functions and golf days. Rathsallagh Golf & Country Club has been recently ranked 57th best Golf Course in Ireland and 27th best Parkland by Irish Golfer Magazine. In County Wicklow, it is rated 2nd best parkland course by Top 100 Golf Courses Ltd and 3rd best by Irish Golfer Magazine. This award is a reflection of not only the golf course but of our clubhouse, high quality service and friendly Staff.
“As one of Ireland’s most natural and elegant landscapes, it is excellent to see Rathsallagh back in the Irish golfing fold.”
(The Examiner 26th Sept 2017 - Kevin Markham)