Golf in Kildare provides golfers with a diverse range of courses, from championship level resorts to scenic parkland layouts. With their superb facilities, beautiful landscapes, and welcoming hospitality, these courses contribute to Kildare’s reputation as a premier golfing destination in Ireland.

Carton House

Carton House, situated in Maynooth is a prominent golfing destination in Kildare. It offers two remarkable courses, The Montgomerie Course designed by Colin Montgomerie and The O’Meara Course designed by Mark O’Meara. The Montgomerie Course is known for its strategic bunkering and tight fairways, while The O’Meara Course provides players with a challenging but enjoyable round of golf amidst beautiful parkland surroundings.

Located a mere 15 miles to the west of Dublin City centre, Carton House is a popular golfing destination not only located in a beautiful setting, but it’s easily accessible. The Montgomerie Course gets its definition from manufactured undulations, swaying fescue grass, clear definition between the cuts of grass and the many deep pot bunkers. There is no signature hole of such, just one good hole after another, and the par threes are especially noteworthy. Complimented by The O’Meara this is a good a two course venue as you will find anywhere.

Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort

As with many open country courses, Moyvalley relies on swaying fescue grass for its definition and you can expect a windy test. The free-draining site is open and exposed and the wind whips across the 7,370-yard layout with two 9-hole loops that return to a clubhouse that boasts panoramic views across the courses from three sides.

Moyvalley was developed into a hotel and golf resort in 2007. Professional golfer Darren Clarke designed the golf course.

The course presents golfers of all levels a super golfing challenge through clever design, a range of tees and the always important elements of risk and reward associated with championship golf.
Moyvalley Golf Club is less than 30 minutes from west Dublin.

The K Club

The K Club is located in 550 acres of rolling County Kildare countryside. It’s one of the most renowned golf resorts in Ireland. It is conveniently located just half an hours drive from Dublin city centre.

In October 2006, the K Club played host to the biggest golfing event in Irish history, the 36th Ryder Cup. The Palmer North course proved to be a worthy venue and millions of people witnessed an emotionally charged European Team romp to a record equalling victory – 18½ points to 9½.

The River Liffey meanders its way through the course and is a hazard on a few of the holes including the 8th when it runs the full length of the hole on the left hand side. Ranked regularly in the top three parkland golf courses in Ireland, Palmer North has hosted the top golf players in the world.

The South course offers a very different experience to its Ryder Cup sibling. It was designed to be a links-heathland hybrid with vast mounding channeling fairways. It is the newer of the courses at the K-Club and hosted the European Open in 2004. The course is a more open style inland links course with dune-like mounding and several plantations of wild shrubs such as gorse and blackthorn.

Palmerstown House Estate

Designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr, this exceptional course offers golfers the world over an opportunity to compete with some of the best fairways and greens in Ireland.

The golf course is set amidst thousands of mature trees with impressive bunkering and exquisite use of water making it a golfer’s paradise. The Estate boasts a state of the art floodlit Trackman driving range along with a luxurious clubhouse fully equipped with a sauna and steam room in the locker rooms. Sindons bar and restaurant is a stylish and comfortable space to unwind after your round.

Palmerstown has a championship golf course that would challenge any golfer and now has the practice facilities to match it.

Palmerstown House Estate

If you want to explore more of Ireland’s finest golf courses, make sure to stay tuned for future editions of my Golf in Ireland series. I’ll provide insights to enhance your golfing journey in this beautiful country.

Wishing you great golfing adventures in Ireland!



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