K Club Hotel & Golf Resort
Named the Emerald Isle for one reason only, this beautiful country with plenty of green landscapes throughout, is a country to visit giving the tourist plenty to see and do.
With a climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, the summers may be cooler than the rest of continental Europe, but winters are milder giving Ireland’s northerly location.
From challenging links with jaw-dropping views out to a roiling sea, to immaculate parkland courses that blend serene joy with layouts that test your skills. The golf scene in Ireland is a vibrant mix and one of the premier destinations for a golf holiday anywhere in the world.
You may come over for the famed welcome you’ll receive in the clubhouse, but believe us, it’s the experiences you have on the course that live long in the memory.
There’s a huge array of options and a staggering number of courses packed into a relatively small place and everyone will have their favourites.
Here are just a few of ours, offering everything and more that you could want from a magical, memorable golf holiday.
From the moment it opened its doors in 1991, the K Club has been a prized location for golf tourists coming to Ireland. A first-class resort replete with luxurious surroundings, facilities and a dose of Irish charm.
Having previously hosted both the Irish Open and European Open, it was in 2006 when the club came to true global prominence as it played home to the Ryder Cup.
K Club offers two courses on the resort, Palmer North and Palmer South, named after designer and golfing icon, Arnold Palmer. Both tracks offer a fabulous and wholly different golfing experience.
It was on Palmer North where the Ian Woosnam-captained European team romped to victory over the USA. And, to walk the same fairways trodden by the likes of Woods, Westwood, Mickelson and Montgomerie is to enjoy one of the finest examples of parkland golf that you’re likely to find.
But be prepared for a good walk and a great challenge. At more than 6,700m off the blue tees, the north course is a bit of a monster. But it’s also one that rewards good play. Bring your ‘A game’ and you can post a great score. Just beware that poor play rarely goes unpunished.
Either way, you’ll have a memorable experience and is a course that begs to be played.
By contrast to the parkland layout, Palmer South offers golfers the chance to enjoy a testing links challenge, despite its inland setting.
Wild fescue lines the undulating fairways and caps the rolling dunes, with lakes and brooks snaked across the course that requires careful navigation.
We can’t recommend a stay at the K Club highly enough. Two distinct and unique courses that blend the best of conditions with a genuine test that will whet the appetite of all keen golfers.
Just 30 minutes out from the centre of Dublin, Fairmont Carton House Golf Resort is a classic golf holiday destination and a hugely appealing draw for visitors to Ireland.
As a resort, it offers a perfect base to stay. It's a relaxed, elegant hotel that allows for luxurious accommodation, first-class facilities and a convenient location to explore Dublin and the surrounding areas.
Plus, there are two championship courses packed with exceptionally crafted holes, beautiful scenery and exceptional condition.
The O’Meara course is the older of the two, designed by multiple major winners Mark O’Meara and Tim Lobb.
It’s another example of Ireland’s exceptional parkland courses, with each hole carving a path through a woodland of pines, firs and sycamore trees.
Beautifully maintained throughout, the course offers a meandering, enjoyable opening, rewarding good play and course management. This sets up something of a grandstand closing stretch, with the final five holes, in particular, a lot of fun to navigate.
This includes some knee-knocking carries over water on the par-3s at fourteen and sixteen and an imposingly long par-5 fifteenth. All with their own challenges, and all offering opportunities for major talking points in the bar afterwards.
Similar to K Club, the Montgomerie (named after Colin Montgomerie, who co-designed with Stan Eby), offers the ideal contrast to O’Meara thanks to another links-style layout.
Another course that goes long from the back tees, ‘Monty’s’ course brings the wild fescue grass into play, along with sneaky pot bunkers that can catch errant shots and unfortunate rolls from the undulating fairways.
Fairmont Carton is another of the Irish golf resorts to savour. A chance to enjoy contrasting and highly enjoyable golf across the two courses on a short break. Or, given its easy proximity to Dublin an ideal venue to include on a wider itinerary of golf across the country.
Opened for play in 1995, the ‘Augusta of Ireland’ is a former host of the Irish Open, and one of the most colourful, scenic and enjoyable courses to play in the entire country.
Located in County Wicklow to the south of Dublin, Druids Glen is a haven for golfers visiting Ireland for a number of reasons. A course of genuine beauty, with abundant flora and spectacular rural views throughout. More than that, however, the course is also quite stunningly maintained, from immaculate and generous fairways to greens that are tricky to navigate but true, smooth and, frankly, an utter joy to putt on.
It's a course truly set up for groups coming to play and compete – an ideal course for a friendly society Stableford. It offers plenty of chances to score, whatever your handicap, yet always able to bare its teeth and ruin a round.
This is never more apparent than around the turn holes of twelve to fourteen (again, drawing comparison the Augusta’s ‘Amen Corner’), and the long, daunting and water-protected par-4 eighteenth.
Druids Glen is the ideal blend of scenic charm and quality design and maintenance. A perfect venue for golf days and a high point of many a golfing break around Ireland.
A golfing paradise with the warmest of welcomes
Golf holidays in Ireland have a feeling all to themselves. A unique experience that’s never shy on adventure, fun and stories to regale.
Of course, there are many golf clubs to choose from, and plenty of itineraries to select from that allow you to enjoy the best golf with the best resorts, locations, facilities and hospitality. It’s a country that needs to be visited, with courses such as those we’ve listed here, begging to be played and enjoyed.
So, whether returning to play again or thinking of visiting for the first time, consider Ireland for your next golf holiday.
Visiting areas such as Dublin, Waterford, Limerick and Galway, the general culture is all around, with Irish dancing and singing, games such as rugby and Gaelic football.
Golf is also a popular sport in Ireland, for the Irish and international golfers alike. Golfers travel from all parts of the world to play some of Irelands great courses such as Mount Juliet in County Kilkenny, the K Club in County Kildare, and Waterville Golf Links in County Kerry.
With just a short trip across the water a golf holiday in Ireland is easier than most people think. Whether you’re looking for a luxury golf weekend in the country or a city golf break to Dublin we can offer you the best prices.
With its natural countryside and spectacular views from some world class golf courses, your golf holiday to Ireland will be one to remember, this country is worth a visit! Get in touch with us today and we will tailor your perfect golf package to Ireland.