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Powerscourt ( East )

The older of the two Powerscourt courses , the East opened in 1996 , and the natural shape and surroundings of this elegant Wicklow landscape has been used to enhance its best features . Forest , hills , the estate itself and the Great Sugarloaf are all part of the experience . some serious tiers … and quick , quick surfaces . Seriously , if you want to put your putting to the test , step this way .
This is a challenging par 72 , measuring 5,930 metres ( middle white tees ) and it will test you all day long .
Golfers can expect an exciting start ( much like the majestic drive into the estate ), a terrific finish and superb greens throughout . There are impressive views – on the back nine especially – but your attention will need to be on the course at all times as those greens will dazzle you : expect beautifully contoured shapes and
High tee boxes show off the holes – on 4 , 7 , 9 and 18 , particularly – and beg for smashing drives , while all of the par threes play down to the green . All four short holes are strong , with the 3rd and 16th particularly outstanding .
Favourite Hole
The par three 16th is one of only two holes with water ( the par five 17th is the other ), and the pond sits directly under the green . It is framed perfectly with pines and evergreens , and deer may even be in attendance .
What ’ s in the Bag ?
A day for a hot putter . Avoid a 3-putt and celebrate in style .