Castledermot, Co. Kildare
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Jack McDaid and Jim Cassidy
37 km NE of Kilkenny
Heading south-west from Dublin take the M7 and then M9 direction Waterford. As motorway ends, continue to follow N9 direction Waterford. After approximately 20 km take right turn off N9 at Kilkea Castle / Athy sign. After o.3 km turn left direction Kilkea Castle and follow signs for 3 km to golf.
The Golf Club at Kilkea Castle: After a relatively lengthy closure and multi-million euro renovation, the impressive Kilkea Castle reopened its doors in 2017. Both the golf course and accommodation in the 800-year-old castle have benefitted from the substantial investment.
The golf course exudes a somewhat newer feel than its stately castle backdrop, and has considerably fewer defences. The layout, which surrounds the castle, is relatively uncomplicated and occupies flattish terrain. Much tree-planting around the course has yet to fully mature.
Of the two nine-hole loops, the back-nine is the more testing. An attractive burn (the River Griese) criss-crosses parts of the course, spicing-up at least six of the holes and making the par-4 17th a really formidable proposition. All-in-all a pleasant place to play under the watching towers and turrets of the impressive castle.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course.
Kilkea Castle is one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland dating back to the 12th century. It was built for the Anglo-Norman lord Walter de Riddlesford (1150-1226) by Hugh de Lacy.
Castledermot, Co. Kildare R14 XE97.
+353 (0)59 914 5600Visit website
Kilkea Castle presents guests with three distinct accommodation choices. After a transformation that redefines luxury, the resort now offers accommodation in the historic 12th century Kilkea Castle (on an exclusive use basis only), or in the Carriage Rooms and the Lodges. In all the resort has 140 guest rooms.
Kilkenny Road, Carlow
+353 (0)503 42 002Visit website
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