Straffan, County Kildare

Set amongst 700 acres of lush Kildare countryside, the K Club there are two magnificent 18 hole championship golf courses, the Palmer Course, and the Smurfit Course. Both designed by Arnold Palmer, but each one has its own characteristics and special set of challenges.

Arnold Palmer Course
If ever a golf course reflected the personality of its architect, it is surely the Palmer’s at K Club. It has been chosen to host the Ryder Cup Venue in 2006. The Palmer Course is one of the most spectacular golf courses in Europe.

Options - Level of Difficulty
Yards S.S Par
Blue 7,337 76 72
White 6,829 74 72
Green 6,244 72 72
Red 5,459 74 73

If ever a golf course reflected the personality of its designer, then surely the Palmer Course at the K Club is it. And while it may seem odd to describe a golf course as charismatic and cavalier, from the moment you arrive at the first tee here, a unique atmosphere envelops you. This is quite simply one of Europe's most spectacular venues. It charms, entices and frustrates and though it is recognised as one of Ireland's most testing inland layout, the course invariably brings out the best in your game.

The Smurfit Course
It has already been described as probably the greatest inland Golf Course to be developed in Ireland. The philosophy in developing the course was to ensure that a comparison with the existing Palmer Course would be difficult and that the golfers experience would be completely different as well. The Smurfit is an inland links, with dramatic scenery all around. Further some fourteen acres of water have been worked into the design especially through the final phase of Hole No’s 13 to 18. But the most significant golf hole on the Smurfit Course is the Par 5 7th measuring some 606 yards. A series of water cascades and water features make it one of the most impressive in Europe.

At a Glance

  • Hosting the Ryder Cup in 2007
  • Two Championship Courses
  • A real challenge to any golfer

Our Take

This course will be the most talked about golf course before, during and after the epic battle of the Ryder Cup, that will occur in September 2006. Offering two championship courses, each a challenge in its own right and having great accommodation and food on site, it is a must on your itinerary.