Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course) Est. 2002

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Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course): The elegant O'Meara course at Carton House makes excellent use of an expansive area of natural and stately parkland. Here you can ply your golfing skills in a delightful parkland setting, which for many centuries was enjoyed by the FitzGerald family (aka the Earls of Kildare). At times open, at others more tree-lined, the course exudes an air of quality in its design and upkeep.

Arguably the best stretch of holes comes in the layout's most wooded section, which nestles down alongside the River Rye. A handsome and testing pair of par-3s at 14 and 16, are connected by the dog-legging par-5 15th. All three of these holes require water to be crossed before the safety of the green is reached.

The O'Meara occupies gently undulating terrain, into which classically designed fairway bunkers will capture wayward drives, and deep rough awaits anything seriously off-line. An equally liberal array of greenside bunkers will swallow approach shots played short or wide. At the par-4 10th you'll be teeing off alongside the Tyrconnell watchtower, a high-point on the course from which you'll get the benefit of picturesque views over the neighbouring hills and countryside. Additional tree planting around the course will not detract too significantly from its generally open parkland character.

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Making Contact

Carton House Hotel, Golf & Leisure
Carton Demesne,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare 
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Office   +353 (0)1 505 2000
Pro Shop   +353 (0)1 651 7722

  +353 (0)1 651 7703

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Golf Pro
Francis Howley (Head PGA Professional)
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The Golf Union of Ireland National Golf Academy.
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (especially on the back-nine).
Surroundings: Woodland.
Designer: Mark O'Meara & Tim Lobb
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7006 6209 5472
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 74 70 71
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-72 Montgomerie Course (7301 yards)
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How2Get There?

25 km W of Dublin
From the M4 motorway (west of Dublin) take exit Maynooth / Naas (R406) and follow direction Maynooth. After 1.8 km at traffic lights turn right direction Leixlip (R148). After 220 metres bear right following direction Leixlip. After 2.4 km turn left into Carton House.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Oct): Mon-Thur €75; Fri-Sun €85. [Contact club for full details, discounts, hotel resident rates, Stay&Play packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

The wonderful water features and great variety of trees that adorn the O'Meara course are the legacy of Emily FitzGerald, Duchess of Leinster (1731-1814). Also known as the Countess of Kildare (1747-61) and Marchioness of Kildare (1761-66), Lady Emily played a significant role in the development of the Carton House estate in the mid-to-late 1700s, when not attending to the demands of her 23 children. | The immaculate hotel and spa facilities opened their doors to the public in 2006, making this one of Dublin's premier out-of-town, Stay&Play venues. | Carton House's Montgomerie course has hosted many top level amateur and professional events (see our Tournaments section >by Venue > Carton House).

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Latitude: (53.390521)
Longitude: (-6.568236)
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Carton House Hotel, Golf & Leisure 5-star
Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
+353 (0)1 505 2000

Located just twenty minutes from Dublin, Carton House is one of Ireland's top luxury hotels and golf Stay & Play venues. The 1,100-acre private parkland estate provides an all-encompassing playground for leisure and corporate guests alike. Features include - two Championship Golf Courses, a leisure centre with pool, Spa, Training Pitches, Tennis Courts, Purpose Built Events Centre and state of the art conference facilities. The house itself dates from 1739, with significant enlargement and alterations made in 1815.

Golf at this hotel Carton House (Montgomerie and O'Meara courses).
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Golf within 10 km K Club (Palmer and Smurfit courses); Luttrellstown Castle.
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Golf within 30 km Castleknock; Palmerstown House; St Margarets.
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Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club 3-star
Glenroyal Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
+353 (0)1 629 0909

Our Leisure facilities are second to none. With two pools one a kid’s free zone. Gym, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Steam room and Hydro Spa.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km Carton House (Montgomerie and O'Meara courses); Luttrellstown Castle.
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Golf within 30 km Castleknock; K Club; Palmerstown House; St Margarets; Grange.
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