Palmerstown House Estate Golf Club

Palmerstown House Estate,

Johnstown, Co. Kildare

  • Office

    +353 (0)45 906 901
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)45 906 901
  • Fax

    +353 (0)45 906 922
  • Golf pro

    Graham Byrne (PGA, Director of Golf).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside and woodland.

  • Designer:

    Christy O'Connor Jr.

SSS or slope






How to get there:

30 km SW of Dublin

Located just off the N7/M7 approximately 35 km south-west of Dublin on the northern outskirts of Naas.

Palmerstown House Estate Golf Course

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 2005

Palmerstown House Estate Golf Course: In the grounds of Palmerstown House, Christy O'Connor Jr has laid out an excellent parkland course that meanders around a large part of this historic country estate. Originally known as PGA National Ireland, the well crafted layout takes you on a journey through a mix of tree-lined woodland holes, while at other times the setting is more open country in character.

Natural water hazards, often in the form of small lakes, run alongside several fairways and menacingly protect the approach to, or side of, at least eight greens. In places the course becomes almost garden-like, with flower beds adorning several holes.

Expansive bunkering and wonderfully crafted greens are also a key feature of this enjoyable golfing test. From the snaking and fiercely water protected par-5 6th to the gently ascending par-4 9th you are afforded views of Palmerstown House itself.

All around are reminders of rural Ireland, and particularly its love affair with horse breeding and racing - but your abiding memory is likely to be the quality of this relatively new course, and those dangerously threatening water hazards.

List of courses: Around Dublin


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (Apr thru' Oct): Mon-Thur €62; Fri-Sun €92.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The original residents of the Palmerstown House Estate were descendants of the De Burgo family, members of the Norman nobility who settled in Ireland in the 12th century. They adopted the family name of Bourke (pronounced "Burke"). The original Manor House dates from around 1782 and was built for John Bourke, 1st Earl of Mayo.

Much of the current house was developed in 1872 by the Mayo family in memory of the 6th Earl of Mayo, Richard Southwell Bourke, Viceroy and Governor General of India. Once the house was completed, Bourke's eldest son Dermot Robert Wyndham Bourke, the 7th Earl of Mayo, became its first resident.

The Manor House is now available for private hire for weddings and corporate events.

Published ranking

Ireland's 60th best course (Golf World, 2023).


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    Killashee, Naas, Co. Kildare

    +353 (0)45 879 277

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    This majestic Victorian Manor house dates back to 1861. Quality and luxury are exuded in each of the hotel's beautifully appointed guestrooms, in its 80-acres of magnificent gardens and through the full range of wellness services offered by the Villa Spa.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Palmerstown House

    • Golf within 30 km:

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  • The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club5-star

    Straffan, Co. Kildare

    +353 (0)1 601 7200

    Visit website

    At the 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:

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      Palmerstown House

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      Carton House; Luttrellstown Castle; Tulfarris.

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