The K Club Golf Resort - The Smurfit Course

Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland

  • holes:18
  • par: 72 72
  • length: 6.240 m 4.977 m
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  • holes:18
  • par: 72 72
  • length: 6.240 m 4.977 m
  • architect:Arnold Palmer

The official name of The K Club is the Kildare Hotel, Spa and Country Club however to many it is simply known as the former. Found to the West of Dublin in County Kildare the resort is home to two championship golf courses, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course. Both have their own attributes and strengths and the resort as a whole offers a fantastic location for golfers to spend a few days away enjoying the sport that they love. 

Of the two courses The Smurfit is the younger and was opened for play in 2003 and has already seen its fair share of championships and tournaments that more established clubs and courses can only dream of. Like its older contemporary the Smurfit was designed by Arnold Palmer and his team and is a unique, modern and revolutionary course which has received a great amount of critical acclaim and accolades in its relatively short life. 

Measuring just under 6700 metres with a par of 72 this course is a huge challenge for all and the features here only add to that fact. Although questioned by many, the best way to describe this course is like that of an Inland Links if such a course type were to exist. The dramatic surroundings combined with features such as vast sloping greens, clever and tricky bunkering and extraordinary water hazards make for a thrilling and refreshing course. A forerunner in a new type of golf course this is best avoided by the lovers of more traditional courses however for those looking for a thrilling challenge and something new then this will be ideal for them. 

Both courses here have their own clubhouses and each boast a bar and restaurant for players to enjoy. There is also a popular Golf Academy as part of the resort which is staffed by golf professionals and is perfect for those new to the sport. Furthermore there is a well-appointed professional golf shop selling a huge array of merchandise, apparel and equipment from a host of international brands. 

Tee times for visitors to this course are mainly undisclosed however those shared have an extremely restricted availability. That said however the resort has a number of packages and deals available which involve a play and stay option which is probably the best option for visitors. Green fee rates here are on the high side however when you consider the calibre and intrigue of the course they can be seen as more reasonable. 

Due to the relative proximity to Dublin, getting to the resort is straightforward and road links in the area to much of the rest of Ireland are good. The nearby international airport in Dublin is also good for visitors that are coming from further afield. The obvious accommodation choice here is the luxurious onsite hotel which offers visitors an unforgettable stay in a beautifully appointed location boasting amenities such as a Spa and number of fine dining restaurants offering cuisines from across the globe. 

For more information about this golf course including reviews and ratings made by fellow golfers please see to the left of this page. Also for golf packages and deals involving this destination as well as others in the local area please click here!

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Reviews (12)

  • Player
    4 reviews

    Cracking little course!

    I really enjoyed my round here earlier in the year, it is easy to see why the resort hosted the Ryder Cup not too long ago. The course is difficult to navigate but the challenge is certainly an exciting one! The overall atmosphere is also superb and I will definitely be making the trip back in the not too distant future!
    The K Club Golf Resort - The Smurfit Course
    8.5 / 10 stars
    this review is the subjective opinion of a GOLFBOO user and not of GOLFBOO S.L
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    Der Platz hat wirklich Einiges zu bieten und war in einem guten Pflegezustand. Leider gibt es an den Abschlägen keine Skizzen, wie das Loch angelegt ist und das Birdiebuch hatte ich nicht gekauft. Mehrere Löcher musst du auch blind spielen, da man keine Fahne sieht.Lustig ist, dass am Signature-Hole die Felsen teilweise Attrappen sind!!Der Sand in den Bunkern war in einem miserablen Zustand. Man erstattete mir dafür auch ein Drittel des Greenfees zurück. Im weiteren erhielt ich den Tipp, dass ich in Zukunft lieber anrufen soll, da online teure Tarife stehen, die man telefonisch individueller, dh preiswerter, bekommen kann. Da man sehr betroffen war bezüglich meine Kritik und man mir versichert, dass die Bunker eine 14-tägige Regenperiode hinter sich haben und deshalb dieser schlechte Zustand entstand (woher aber kommen die vielen Steine die in den Bunkern waren ??), möchte ich auch in Anbetracht der Teilrückerstattung hier keine Punkte abziehen.
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