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Just a short drive south of the medieval city of Kilkenny, Mount Juliet awaits. With lavish accommodation options tucked away in the heart of one of Ireland’s most beautiful country estates, as well as Jack Nicklaus' only signature golf course in Ireland, Mount Juliet is without doubt one of the finest golf travel destinations in the country. The Golden Bear’s course is so good in fact, that it hosted the American Express World Golf Championship in both 2002 and 2004.
With fantastic leisure options on-site and the popular city of Waterford just a short drive away, Mount Juliet is perfectly placed to offer golfers and non golfers alike the perfect Irish country retreat.
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Set within the outstanding scenery of the Mount Juliet estate, the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course measures a monstrous 7,300 yards at its full length so; needless to say it can pose a big test of even the most talented player’s game. Characterised by undulating fairways, expansive water hazards, numerous bunkers and vast putting surfaces, Mount Juliet has a distinct American feel to it but when surrounded by such stunning countryside that is so quintessentially Irish, that is no bad thing.
The course was opened in 1991 by Nicklaus himself and the opening was marked with an exhibition match between the Golden Bear and Christy O’Connor Senior. The course is considered by many to be the best inland layout in the country with visitors being struck by an endless procession of exciting and memorable golf holes. Among the best is the 3rd hole, a glorious par-3 played downhill from an elevated tee to a green protected by a natural stream and a lake. To finish, golfers will have to negotiate a demanding par-4, which is threatened all along the left side by a massive water hazard.
As you would expect from a golf course that has hosted the world's 50 best golfers, the course is a bit of a monster from the tips but thanks to a number of well thought out tee locations on each hole, the handicap golfer can easily play it from a length that best suits their game.
Mount Juliet also boasts top-of-the-range practice facilities, including a 350-yard long two-tiered driving range and a three-hole Academy Course. The practice putting green is a particular highlight. An 18 hole, par 53 putting course complete with bunkers and water hazards should be enough to get your putting stroke in check before you take to the course!
The Earl of Carrick built the extraordinary house 200 years ago, and it retains all the character that it exhibited in its original days. There are 32 bedrooms, including two Presidential Suites, all of which are individually designed and boast period features and furnishings.
Each room is individually named, according to the most recognisable focal points of the estate itself, which ensures that all visitors have a personal experience. As far as possible, the original features of the country house have been retained or restored, and this attention to detail has seen Mount Juliet being awarded Hotel Of The Year by the AA. There are also a number of accommodation options away from the main hotel, including the Rose Garden Lodges and the Clubhouse Rooms.
Rose Garden Lodges
The newly designed Rose Garden Lodges are situated located near the Hunters Yard Courtyard, approx. 300 yards from Mount Juliet House and can cater for up to 4 people. Each lodge is fully equipped for your self catering needs and has a sitting room, kitchen & living room. Breakfast for guests in the Rose Garden Lodges is served in Kendal’s restaurant, located in the courtyard. There are also two bedrooms which can have either a king bed or two twin beds. All of these area have been renovated to the highest standards & are ideal for golf groups. They are also close to the leisure centre, spa, playground and The Presidents Bar. Offering a home away from home feel, the Rose Garden Lodges are ideal for groups of golfers who can enjoy the comforts and amenities of a top class hotel or simply do things their own way.
Situated within touching distance of the golf course, the Clubhouse Rooms are great for those looking to enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the Clubhouse. The President’s Bar and Kendals Restaurant are right on your doorstep when you stay here and the spa facilities are just a stone’s throw away, making the Clubhouse Rooms arguably the most convenient of the Mount Juliet accommodation options.
By choosing Mount Juliet for a golf break, visitors will guarantee being treated like royalty for the duration of their stay. The facilities are unrivalled, and the setting is truly magnificent.
The Spa at Mount Juliet utilises the exclusive E-SPA range of products to complement the range of health and beauty therapy. The Spa is ably backed up by the leisure club, which features a 15-metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gymnasium.
A speciality in the Spa facility is the Dead Sea Discovery Flotation Room.
In the Lady Helen Dining Room, chef Richard Stratton has created a menu that has been honoured with 2 AA Rosettes.
The Tetrarch Bar offers guests the chance to relax with a drink, in front of the real log fires.
- Driving Range
- Putting Greens
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Steam Room
- Conference Facilities
- Private Dining