The European Club is located in tumbling dunes just south of Dublin and it features sweeping sea views from nineteen of the twenty holes. Yes, there are two extra par-3s here and they are in play most days affording the golfer a 20-hole round which includes five holes running very close to the sea. So close that it is common to find players searching for their golf balls on the beach.
This proximity to the beach is rare. It was Bernard Darwin who wrote of days spent listening to the rumble of the breakers outside the dunes at the old links he frequented. One knew that the sea was nearby but seldom got to see it. Darwin would have loved it here!
This links has taken advantage of seeing what went before in terms of the playing of the game and it is geared to meet the challenge of the modern player with modern equipment. It is one of the longest links at 7,377-yards from the tips. But, of course, the wise golfer will choose a set of tees which fits his game and can choose from 6,795-yards, 6,194-yards or 5,434-yards.
The bunkers with their walls lined with railway sleepers are quite remarkable and give a brilliantly stark definition to the links and give fair warning to the players regarding hazard locations. The sleeper has, of course, been a part of links design in Britain and Ireland ever since the days that the golfers went to the club by train and the railway companies donated their old sleepers to the golfers.
This is a links designed as an exhilarating test for the top players of today and tomorrow. A links for the future rather than one which will fade into irrelevance as the game continues to evolve.