The K Club - Palmer Course

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Course Description

The K Club is located in Kildare in the east of Ireland in a luxurious and idyllic setting amongst 550 acres of rolling countryside in a large estate. The resort is home to not one but two highly regarded course, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course. The Palmer course was designed by none other than Arnold Palmer and was opened in 1991 to much accolade as it is quite simply one of Europe's most spectacular courses and is undeniably one of the premier Parkland Courses in Europe. The course is a par 72 and measures 7,337 yards from the blue tees, a seriously long course.

The design and layout of the course is superb and it complements the landscape brilliantly, as it sits amongst the tall trees, undulating terrain and meandering River Liffey. What awaits you here is a course that has ample features to test your abilities and thinking strategies. Style features include, tall trees, long extending fairways, water, several tricky dog legs, elevation changes, undulating greens, bunkers in addition to punishing rough areas. There is a fantastic selection of holes here, interesting, challenging and scenic, you will not find a weak hole on this course, they are all real risk and reward ones. A number of the holes are played by the River Liffey, and they can be quite intimidating. The four par 5's here are perhaps the strongest set of holes in the country. Although it is a challenging course, as you are up against one great course design, it is aesthetically pleasing, it charms, it entices and typically encourages you to play your very best game.

As you would expect the course is in excellent shape, the greens are large and quite flat but roll nicely, at a nice pace, the fairways are relatively wide, the rough is thick and difficult, in the form of gorse and heather, then there are the wide flat bunkers that are strategically placed throughout.

Consistently ranking in the top 3 parkland golf courses in Ireland, this Palmer designed golf haven is a must play for all golf devotee's, who wouldn't want to say I have played a course that has hosted The Ryder Cup in 2006 and 11 European Opens. The Palmer course is in essence a combination of American design with Irish natural beauty.

Tournaments Held Here

  • Ryder Cup: 2006
  • Dubai Duty Free Irish Open: 2016

Our Favourite Hole

With so many strong contenders it was never going to be an easy decision but agreement has been reached on the 16th. It is a brute of a par 5, almost 600 yards from the blue tees, add in the fact that the hole double doglegs past all kinds of hazards in the form of, trees, water and punishing rough, this is not the worst, you then have to get to the green that is sandwiched on both sides by the River Liffey. Good luck!

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Course Information

Course Type: Parkland
Year Founded: 1991
Holes: 18
Course Architect: Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay
Course Facilities:
  • Bar
  • Driving Range
  • Golf Buggy Rental
  • Golf Caddies
  • Golf Club Rental
  • Golf Trolley Rental
  • Hotel
  • Practice Area
  • Pro Shop
  • Putting Green
  • Restaurant
  • Teaching Golf Pro

Course Scorecard

Front Nine:


Pro Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pro Tee Par: 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 4
Pro Tee Yards: 457 451 185 621 481 522 470 189 504
Pro Tee Metres: 418 412 169 568 440 477 430 173 461
Men's Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Men's Tee Par: 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 4
Men's Tee Yards: 378 394 166 541 436 436 386 164 414
Men's Tee Metres: 346 360 152 495 399 399 353 150 379

Back Nine:


Pro Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Pro Tee Par: 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 5
Pro Tee Yards: 638 453 199 468 232 487 623 463 587
Pro Tee Metres: 583 414 182 428 212 445 570 423 537
Men's Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Men's Tee Par: 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 5
Men's Tee Yards: 565 384 174 365 216 437 513 355 480
Men's Tee Metres: 517 351 159 334 198 400 469 325 439

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