The K Club (Smurfit course)


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   The K Club (Smurfit course) Est. 2003

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The K Club (Smurfit Course): Here at Dublin's most famous out-of-town Stay&Play venue, the Smurfit course was created ten years after the K Club's original Palmer course (now called the Ryder Cup course). Dr Michael Smurfit (the K Club's owner) again turned to Arnold Palmer to design the course. Originally known as the South course, the layout was built to exude the style of an open, inland links, with water features also putting in notable appearances.

Like the Palmer (Ryder Cup) course, the Smurfit is a big and bold development, with several exciting features and plenty of golfing challenges. The Smurfit has a more open, rugged character than its older parkland-style sibling. Over time, the rough on the Smurfit course has become more intimidating, while gorse bushes also help in promoting a distinctively "Scottish" feel to this small corner of Co. Kildare.

There's water a'plenty on the Smurfit, the bunkering is extensive and the greens are generally fast and large (sometimes very large). Several of the good-width fairways are flanked by expansive water hazards, which have become home to a variety of birdlife. Accompanying some of the water hazards are dramatic rock features, which become almost Disneyesque in size at the par-5 7th. At this signature hole, an artificial quarry flanks the rightside of the fairway and waterfalls cascade down the rocks.

Stay & Play at The K Club: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Making Contact

The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club
Straffan Demesne,
Straffan, Co. Kildare 
Ireland
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Office   +353 (0)1 601 7200
Pro Shop   +353 (0)1 601 7321
Fax

  +353 (0)1 601 7297

Email   golf@kclub.ie
Website   www.kclub.ie
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Golf Pro
 
Michael Dixon (Head Professional/Academy Director).
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Academy
 
The Michael Dixon School of Golf.
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Inland links-style.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
 
Surroundings: Rural countryside.
 
Designer: Arnold Palmer
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7277 6344 5215
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75 72 70
 
At the Same Location:
Above distances are for the Smurfit course. Also at the K Club is the 18-hole Ryder Cup course (par-72; 7337 yds from back tees; rating 76.0).
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How2Get There?

30 km W of Dublin
Leave M4 motorway at exit 3 and follow R406 direction Naas (keep left at roundabout) and then follow signs to Straffan. After 6.5 km (go through Straffan village) entrance to K Club and Kildare House is on your right.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Sept): €250 (all days). Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, combination tickets, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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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
Players generally walk this course. Non-metal spikes only in winter season (Nov thru' March). Caddies available.

Practice facilities
Excellent
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Did you know?

Inspired and created by one of Ireland's leading businessmen, Dr Michael Smurfit, the K Club is Ireland's most famous inland golf venue. Although the Smurfit course only opened in July 2003, it hosted the 2004 and 2005 Smurfit European Open Championships.

The K of K Club comes from the region in which it is located, County Kildare.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 3rd best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (53.304903)
Longitude: (-6.621854)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club 5-star
Straffan, Co. Kildare
+353 (0)1 601 7200
www.kclub.com

At the world-renowned 5-star K Club Golf & Spa Resort you can enjoy two championship golf courses (including the Palmer course of Ryder Cup fame), a luxury Spa, superb Irish cuisine and an idyllic and tranquil setting alongside the River Liffey. A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts group.

Golf at this hotel K Club (Ryder Cup and Smurfit courses)
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Golf within 10 km Palmerstown House
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Golf within 30 km Carton House; Luttrellstown Castle; Tulfarris.
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Barberstown Castle 4-star
Straffan, Co. Kildare
+353 (0)1 628 8157
www.barberstowncastle.ie

Located just 25 minutes from Dublin city centre, this historic 13th-century castle and country house hotel occupies a quiet rural setting just outside Straffan, close to the famous golf courses of the K Club. The luxurious bedrooms are decorated to reflect the historic nature of the castle, and are complemented by the hotel's Garden Bar and Barton Rooms restaurant.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km K Club (3 km); Palmerstown House.
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Golf within 30 km Carton House; Luttrellstown Castle; Tulfarris.
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