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The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club

Straffan Demesne,

Straffan, Co. Kildare

  • Office

    +353 (0)1 601 7200
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)1 601 7321
  • Fax

    +353 (0)1 601 7297
  • Golf pro

    Michael Dixon (Head Professional/Academy Director).
  • Academy

    The Michael Dixon School of Golf.

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Inland links-style. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    Palmer North course: designed by Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay (1991).
    Palmer South course: Arnold Palmer Design Company (2003; lead designer Harrison Minchew).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7277
6344
5215
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
75
72
70

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Palmer South course. Also at the K Club is the 18-hole Palmer North course (par-72; 7337 yds from back tees; rating 76.0).

Location

Latitude:

53.304903

Longitude:

-6.621853

How to get 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.

The K Club (Palmer South course)

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

Est. 2003

The K Club (Palmer South course): Here at Dublin's most famous out-of-town Stay&Play venue, the Palmer South course was created ten years after the K Club's original Palmer North course. Dr Michael Smurfit (the K Club's owner) again turned to Arnold Palmer to design the course. Originally known as the South course, then as the Smurfit Course, and now as the Palmer 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 North (formerly known as the Ryder Cup course), the Palmer South is a big and bold development, with several exciting features and plenty of golfing challenges. The layout has a more open, rugged character than its older parkland-style sibling. Over time, the rough on Palmer South became increasingly intimidating, while gorse bushes have also helped in promoting a distinctively "Scottish" feel in this small corner of Co. Kildare.

There's water a'plenty on the Palmer South, 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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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 (April thru' Oct): €110 (all days). Low season (Nov-March): €90.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, combination tickets, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2022].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Non-metal spikes only in winter season (Nov thru' March). Caddies available.

Practice facilities

Excellent

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.

Published ranking

Palmer South course:
Ireland: 79th best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2019).

Where2Stay

  • The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club5-star

    Straffan, Co. Kildare

    +353 (0)1 601 7200

    Visit website

    At the world-renowned 5-star K Club Golf & Spa Resort you can enjoy two championship golf courses (including the Palmer North 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 (Palmer North & Palmer South courses)

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Palmerstown House

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Carton House; Luttrellstown Castle; Tulfarris.

  • Barberstown Castle4-star

    Straffan, Co. Kildare

    +353 (0)1 628 8157

    Visit website

    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

    • Golf within 10 km:

      K Club (3 km); Palmerstown House.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Carton House; Luttrellstown Castle; Tulfarris.

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