Killeen Castle Golf Club

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Course Description

Killeen Castle is situated on a 600 acre estate in Dunsany, the home of Killeen Castle that dates back to 1181, however, the estate only dates to 1997, it enjoys beautiful views of the Co. Meath countryside. This 18 hole championship golf course is considered by many to be the best course designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus. The course opened for play in 2009 and immediately began to receive rave reviews. It is a par 72, measuring 7,808 yards from the back tees, so is a considerably long course.

The layout and design is meticulous, it sits amongst acres of verdant woodlands and has a marked American feel. This expansive parkland course extends over almost 350 acres of beautiful natural woodland, that is almost twice the size of a typical course. It rolls elegantly between tall grasses, comprising of more than seven thousand strategically placed trees with a number of water obstacles, in the form of small lakes, some of which are hidden. There is not a weak hole on this course, they are all varied and interesting. There is a not a clear line of sight from the tee to the green, on the fairways they are all interrupted by hills, trees or bunkers, further adding to the challenges of this course.  There are two great par 5's here as well. There are a few slopes on the course but the walks between holes are long, on the whole it is easy to walk around. 

This undulating course is beautifully maintained, it has a state of the art drainage system allowing play all year round. The greens are large and in some instances wickedly slopping, they are true and smooth with a consistent speed, generous lush rolling fairways are a feature here and are defined in a number of places by mature trees, the rough is not too dense so forgiving for errant shots. Beware of the bunkers they are big, deep and treacherous and can be mesmerising. 

It is a picturesque course in a natural and tranquil setting that has no outside interruptions. It offers a fair and rewarding game, there is room for error on the fairways, but the approaches are tricky.

When you play here you are testing your golfing skills against "the course that Jack built." Players will never tire of the golfing test that is provided by this wonderful course, it is an experience to be savoured.

Tournaments hosted at Killeen Castle

  • Solheim Cup: 2011
  • Ladies Irish Open: 2010, 2011 & 2012

Our Favourite Hole

There were a lot of contenders here but, it has to be the finishing 18th hole. It is an extremely strong finishing hole, a par 4, 476 yards it is bunkered down and rises dramatically to the castle, a creek and mature trees line the entire left side. You will need to consider your shot carefully before you play.

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Course Information

Course Type: Parkland
Year Founded: 2009
Holes: 18
Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Course Facilities:
  • Bar
  • Changing Rooms
  • Clubhouse
  • Driving Range
  • Golf Buggy Rental
  • Golf Caddies
  • Golf Club Rental
  • Golf Trolley Rental
  • Practice Area
  • Pro Shop
  • Putting Green
  • Restaurant
  • Teaching Golf Pro

Course Scorecard

Front Nine:

Men's Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Men's Tee Par: 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4
Men's Tee Yards: 426 566 329 427 419 179 429 194 405
Men's Tee Metres: 390 518 301 390 383 164 392 177 370

Back Nine:

Men's Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Men's Tee Par: 4 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 4
Men's Tee Yards: 401 410 499 375 182 483 172 332 364
Men's Tee Metres: 367 375 456 343 166 442 157 304 333

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