Nestled on the coast of County Wicklow, the world-renowned European Club sits isolated and preserved as a monument to both the inherent beauty of Ireland’s coastline and to the talent of its owner and creator, Pat Ruddy. Remarkably unpretentious considering its reputation, this 20-hole course is as challenging as it is ultimately rewarding. Carved dunes, notoriously unforgiving rough, blustering winds and cutting greens define the course. Fairways, unlike many found at other links courses, are quite generous and rewarding of good shots.