Powerscourt West – “exuberant and adventurous”


Powerscourt West – “exuberant and adventurous”

Destination Golf Ireland 2023. Editor, Kevin Markham

Of the two courses at Powerscourt, the West uses the biggest elevation changes and some of the shapeliest terrain. It is also the newer of the two, designed by David McLay Kidd and opened in 2003.

The West is exuberant and adventurous, thanks to the elevation, ponds and streams, and the ever-present trees. Look at the considerable drop on the par three 17th as you approach the 1st green and know that the course climbs considerably higher.

it means constant views, intrigue off the tee and some lovely backdrops, including the Wicklow hills, the Great Sugar Loaf and, of course, the magnificent Powerscourt House. Approaches to big and extensively bunkered greens will prove just as dramatic.
This is a course you will want to drive well on and where you
might use your putter a bit more often than you’d like on superbly
contoured greens.

Favourite Hole
The short par three 6th offers a wide green
tucked into a bank above a stream and below
towering trees.

What’s in the Bag?
As on the East course, you will need a hot putter.


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