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The K Club Golf & Spa Resort


The K Club has long enjoyed its position among the finest golf resorts in the whole of Ireland and in late 2006 it was catapulted into the worldwide golfing spotlight when the Ryder Cup came to town. Since then golf fans from all over the…

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Early Booking Extras

Receive complimentary buggies, range balls and a free pint when booking a group of 4+ in the Garden Apartments. Must book by 31st October.

Free club carriage with Aer Lingus

Book your Ireland golf break with YGT and receive free club carriage on Aer Lingus flights! T's and C's apply, book by 31st October.
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Golf courses

Palmer Course

In late 2006, the Palmer Course at the K Club became Ireland's first Ryder Cup venue, as it played host to Europe's record-equalling victory. It is a stadium-style resort course, and at over 7,300 yards from the tips, many commentators have described it as the most difficult inland layout in the country.

Palmer has succeeded in manipulating the existing mature trees and water features to create a magnificent test for golfers of all standards. The coverage and attention that has been brought to both the K Club and Irish golf in general is richly deserved, given the faultless display that the Palmer Course exhibited during the Ryder Cup matches.


Par 72

Designed by: Arnold Palmer

Opened for play: 1991

Previously hosted: Ryder Cup (2006), European Open



Blue (Pro): 7,350 yards, SSS 76

White (Members): 6,815 yards, SSS 74

Green (Visitors): 6,240 yards, SSS 72

Red (Ladies, Par 73): 5,131 yards, SSS 72

Smurfit Course

The neighbouring Smurfit Course is an extravagant creation, divided from the Palmer Course by the River Liffy, which flows right through to Dublin. The layout can be characterised as an inland links, with much earth having been moved to create dune-like mounds at the edge of the fairways.

The drama of the experience at the Smurfit comes primarily from the 14 acres of water that have been worked into the course, making it pretty important to stock up on golf balls before the first tee. The course has a more rugged feel than its sister, owing to the planting of gorse and bracken. The signature hole is the monster par-5 seventh, which measures in at an astonishing 606 yards, and skirts a dramatic series of water cascades.

In the Vintage Crop cocktail bar, the highlight is the humidor, which is a miniature version of the hotel itself and houses the best in Cuban cigars, from Montecristo to Cohiba.

Par 72

Designed by: Harrison Minchew (Arnold Palmer design)

Opened for play: 2003

Previously hosted: European Open



Blue (Pro): 7,277 yards, SSS 74

White (Members): 6,824 yards, SSS 72

Green (Visitors): 6,244 yards, SSS 72

Red (Ladies): 5,443 yards, SSS 72

Hotel Information

The experience at the K Club is genuinely 5-star from first to last, and as with the superb golf courses on the resort, the hotel's quality and luxury are unrivalled.

The period features of the building itself are well-complemented by the first-class modern facilities inside the bedrooms and throughout the facilities. In fact, the K Club's hotel is so outstanding that it has been named Ireland's only 5 Red Star venue by the AA, and has been awarded the RAC Gold Ribbon.

The surroundings are equally spectacular, as the hotel is set amidst 800 acres of stunning woodland. Since its conversion to a hotel in 1991, this former country home has consistently developed its product, and is now a complete package. The superb dining options, and first-class leisure and spa facilities round off what is one of the premier golf break destinations in the UK and Ireland.

Visitors to the K Club can sample the possibilities afforded by the estate and its surroundings, including excellent fly-fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, walking, and cycling. Meanwhile, the on-site K Spa prides itself on offering the very best in health and beauty treatments. The complex also features a 16-metre swimming pool, water jet massage, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, while the doors open out to a ‘Zen Garden', where you can let all your troubles slide away.

The Byerley Turk is a sumptuous dining room, offering the finest in French cuisine.

There are superb bars in which to drink, including the Hotel Bar of the Year, the Vintage Crop, named after Dr. Michael Smurfit's superb horse which became the first horse to surpass £1million in earnings.

The K Club Golf & Spa Resort

Co. Kildare

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Thanks for everything organized for our recent golf week in Ireland.I am happy to comment on the locations played as follows, but the overall comment has to be that it was a fantastic deal for 7 nights of luxury accommodation and 5 rounds of golf.

K Club 3 nights 2 rounds

The K Club is an outstanding resort, 5 star and better. We were given an exceptional room with a four poster bed and en suite. When it rained our golf clubs were taken to a drying room, plus they were taken from one course to the other when we played the second round. The Ryder Cup Palmer course is beautiful, in lovely condition with a number of challenging and interesting holes and a welcoming 19th afterwards. We also used the spa facilities which are top class. The meals were excellent in the main dining room and breakfast was excellent.Overall I would give this golf resort 9 out of 10.

Druids Glen 2 night 2 rounds

This is a busy and more family orientated resort, but still well appointed. The staff are friendly staff and it is a great place for group golfing. The meals and breakfast were very good with good service and obliging staff at very reasonable prices. Glen course, the Augusta of Ireland was absolutely brilliant in design, quality, layout and scenery, a must for anyone visiting Dublin. The Heath course is a good second course, but we were rained off after nine holes so cannot give a full comment. However it provides some great views on a clear day. Overall I would give this 9 out of 10

Portmarnock Hotel and Links 2 nights 1 round

The food is good and once again a great place for a group to stay.The course was a revelation, a true links but playable by a normal club golfer. As good a links as you could find for the money anywhere. The layout and bunkers especially are brilliant! Overall I would give Portmarnock 8 out of 10

We had a wonderful golf break at The K Club Golf & Spa Resort, the room was upgraded when we arrived and all plans to visit Dublin went out the window, we never left the grounds. Palmer course was a delight to play and impossible off the blue tees. Still managed to knock it round in 74 with a couple of trips into the river Liffy, I blame the sat nav for poor yardage. I am sure we will be back.

Thanks YGT


If you want a fantastic hotel combined with two world golf class courses look no further than the K club in Ireland for a golf break. From Gatwick to the K club lobby is only 1.75 hours.

The Georgian bedrooms and the food in three different restaurants are absolutely outstanding. The Spa for the non golfing members of our golf group was really appreciated. The two courses at K Club are so different. The Palmer course, which hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup, is a real test of golf. We played from the front tees even though we had single figure handicappers in the group. The Smurfit course is much more open but still you need to play it a few times to understand the design.

This year we then went the aid of Your Golf Travel to The Marriott hotel at Druids Glen for two more outstanding courses.

Next year we will revisit just the K Club. There can only be a few better golf venues in the world that can match this magnificent set up for a varied party of golfers and partners.


We had a great golf break at The K Club Golf & Spa Resort. Both courses were in great condition and proved as challenging as we feared. They were a joy to play. The garden apartments were we stayed was equally as great. The grounds of the hotel were lovely. Breakfast was included and was very tasty. We did look at having dinner in the hotel on Sunday night but it was a bit expensive. Instead we went to the clubhouse and ate in the Thai restaurant which was nice and more reasonably priced. We returned to the hotel for a few pints of Guinness, which although going down a treat, were probably a tad expensive at 7 Euro each. All in all, we would definitely return to the K Club and most certainly use Your Golf Travel again. Would rate the experience as a 9.5/10.


We had a lovely golf break - mercifully the weather was reasonably kind and apparently better than England that week.

The K Club was so sumptuous it would have been difficult not to enjoy it. It’s not too bad living at Old House, but that few days of luxury was just what we needed - particularly the girls.

All the golf courses were immaculately presented except perhaps in a number of cases the bunkers! I wouldn’t say that they were absolutely top 5* plus for layout but were all eminently playable and we would recommend them to anyone without hesitation. All the staff - both in the pro's shops, and the hotels were extremely helpful and friendly - particularly at the K. Club. We would certainly like to go again.

Thank you so much to Your Golf Travel - it all worked perfectly.


Thank to Your Golf Travel for organising our golf break to The K Club! Weather on Monday (Smurfit) as poor and golf even worse. Tuesday was mostly dry with some sun - golf was quite a bit better, but my partner insisted on playing off the white markers which didn’t suit me at all - playing much too long (my handicap is 10 - partner's is 5) - but overall a very good days outing. The hotel and staff was 1st class.

This was my 4th time at K Club, but 1st via Your Golf Travel. I certainly hope to use their services at some time in the future and will advise my colleagues to do so too.