K Club Golf Resort, County Kildare

K Club Golf Resort, County Kildare

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The K Club is home to two Championship Golf Courses - The Palmer Ryder Cup Course, (venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup), which is hailed among Europe’s greatest courses and The Palmer Smurfit Course (host to the European Open from 1995 to 2007), which is in its own right a challenging links inspired course. And lucky for you, you’ll get to try out both of these fantastic courses.
 
The best way to describe The Palmer Smurfit Course at The K Club is that of an inland links. However, its true attributes do not stop there. The course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout. This assists in making the course into a true Championship Golf Course with many vantage points for spectators to view golfprofessionals at work. In essence the course is entirely different from The Palmer Ryder Cup Course located just across the River Liffey. From feedback to date golfers state that it is almost impossible to make a comparison such is the difference in experience.
 
Even with regard to the landscaping there is a significant difference, whereby on The Palmer Ryder Cup Course there are specifically planted areas using cultivated plants presented in a formal fashion are the norm. On The Palmer Smurfit Course wild species of plants have been used such as gorse, bracken etc. and have been planted in a highlyrandom fashion, more or less as nature would have intended.
 
The Palmer Ryder Cup Course is quite simply, one of Europe's most spectacular courses. It charms, it entices and invariably, brings out the very best in your game. It is unlikely that you will be asked to tackle the course from the championship tees, but this should in no way diminish the excitement of pitting your wits against Arnold Palmer, for, in a sense, this is precisely what you are about to do.
 
Ranked regularly in the top 3 parkland golf courses in Ireland, this Palmer designed golf haven is a must play 'badge of honour' that has hosted the top golf players in the world. The Ryder Cup in 2006 and 11 European Opens testify the importance of The Palmer Ryder Cup Course to European Golf.
 
Founded: 1991
Architect: Arnold Palmer
Course type: Parkland
Par: 72
Standard Scratch Score (SSS): 76
Length: 7,179 yards

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