Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)

Carton House Hotel, Golf & Leisure

Carton Demesne,

Maynooth, Co. Kildare

  • Office

    +353 (0)1 505 2000
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)1 651 7722
  • Fax

    +353 (0)1 651 7703
  • Golf pro

    David Kearney (Director of Golf).
  • Academy

    The Golf Union of Ireland National Golf Academy.

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

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7006
6209
5472
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
74
70
71

At the same location:

Above distances are for the O'Meara course. Also at Carton House is the 18-hole Montgomerie Course (par-72; 7301 yards from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

53.390521

Longitude:

-6.568236

How to get 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.

Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 2002

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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  • Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)
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  • Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)
  • Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)
  • Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)
  • Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)
  • Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)
  • Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)
  • Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)
  • Photo of Carton House Golf Club (O'Meara course)

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Sept): Mon-Thur €80; Fri-Sun €100.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, hotel resident rates, Stay&Play packages, etc.[Last updated: 2020].

Other information

Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities

Good

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).

Published ranking

2019 Golf World rating: 62nd best course in Ireland; 10th best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland.

Where2Stay

  • Carton House Hotel, Golf & Leisure5-star

    Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

    +353 (0)1 505 2000

    Visit website

    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).

    • Golf within 10 km:

      K Club (Palmer and Smurfit courses); Luttrellstown Castle.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Castleknock; Palmerstown House; St Margarets.

  • Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club3-star

    Glenroyal Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

    +353 (0)1 629 0909

    Visit website

    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

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Carton House (Montgomerie and O'Meara courses); Luttrellstown Castle.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Castleknock; K Club; Palmerstown House; St Margarets; Grange.

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