Ireland’s best-known exclusive golf development is found in Straffan, County Kildare, a short drive from Dublin city. This lavish 550-acre countryside resort proves that there’s far more to a golf trip than just the challenge of the fairway. The essence of blending exceptional golfing with superb off-the-course experiences is the core of the Kildare Country Club known as the K Club.
The spectacular grounds of the K Club golf resort are laid out in two golf courses on an old estate which was built in 1832 by the French, winemaking, Barton family. Arnold Palmer designed both championship golf courses; the inland links Smurfit Course and the parkland Palmer Ryder Cup Course that measures 7,337 yards from the blues tee. The Palmer course played host to the 2006 36th Ryder Cup, 2016 Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open, and 13 European Opens. Both golf courses are set in spectacular scenery with the River Liffey guarding some holes, promising undisputable challenging tests of golf.
As well as two world-class golf courses, golfers will enjoy two golf clubhouses, a modern health club with swimming pool and gym, a resort spa, tennis courts, a playground in the Victorian Walled Garden as well as children’s entertainment including junior golf and a kid’s club. For non-golfers in the group, there is an extensive list of outdoor activities, including falconry, fishing, horse riding, arche, y and clay pigeon shooting.
The original house on this estate was modelled on a French Chateau and the property still retains much of its original architectural features and artwork. In 1991 the estate was opened as Ireland’s first AA five Red Star hotel with 36 bedrooms and the golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and it wasn’t until 2003 that the Palmer Smurfit Course was added. Two years on and this golf resort was bought by Dr. Michael Smurfit (current solo owner) and Gerry Gannon. In 2015, a new 70-bedroom hotel wing was added with €20 million spent on the renovation making it the luxurious upmarket golf resort it is today with a new conference centre, deluxe spa, award-winning dining facilities, and two new bars. This golf resort has won many accolades including the AA Hotel of the Year (1st hotel in Ireland to ever receive this), and the Best Golf Resort for the last 12 years running in the Luxury World Travel Awards.
The K Club golf resort is the ultimate Irish country retreat and was a haven for many famous faces; two United States Presidents (George Bush and Bill Clinton), David and Victoria Beckham, Sean Connery, Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Bieber, Prince Albert of Monaco, to name but a few. This resort is perfect for any group visiting Ireland for a challenging golf experience that delivers the very highest levels of service in an exceptional Irish setting.