nr Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and open countryside.
A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course
36 km NW of Dublin
Killeen Castle Golf Club: In the grounds of Killeen Castle, parts of which date from 1191, Jack Nicklaus has crafted a fabulous parkland golf course. Opened in 2009 and host to the Solheim Cup just two years later, here is a wonderfully expansive, big dimension, championship design. Much of the layout occupies pleasantly open undulating terrain. Here you'll find good-width rolling fairways leading to large and sometimes wickedly sloping greens. En route to the putting surfaces you will need to navigate past a stylish and often prolific array of bunkers that come in all shapes and sizes.
Killeen Castle is home to a fine array of golf holes. The standout par-5 12th is played to an attractive rock-wall lined green; a small waterfall and Swilken-style bridge attractively complement the scene. On the heavily water-defended closing stretch, another "signature" hole, the par-3 16th, demands a tee-to-green carry over water. More water threatens on the par-4 17th, with a small lake hugging the fairway as it curves round from left to right.
To end your round the threateningly bunkered par-4 18th brings you back up a gentle incline, the castle providing a stunning backdrop to the final green. On many holes you will be playing in full view of the impressive 12th century castle. On other holes only the castle's turrets and battlements are glimpsed above the fescued links-style mounding, which lines and defines the fairways. Beyond the course you look out onto pleasantly rolling, partly wooded countryside, without roads or housing intruding on your enjoyment of this natural setting. An excellent golf course with top-quality facilities throughout.
Visitors welcome on weekdays (except Weds) and Sundays.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28, women 36.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available.
The development plans for Killeen Castle include a luxury hotel centred on the wonderfully restored 12th century castle and abbey.
Killeen Castle has hosted top-level professional events, not least the Irish Ladies Open and 2011 Solheim Cup. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Killeen Castle Golf Club.
2019 Golf World rating: 34th best course in Ireland.
Dunboyne, Co. Meath
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One of the leading Meath hotels, Dunboyne Castle stands on 2 acres of mature manicured lawns and gardens. The Castle's most unique attribute is the peaceful oasis it offers guests while also located only 11 miles from Dublin's City Centre and close to the wonderful array of golf courses around Ireland's capital.
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