Top Five Golf Courses in Kildare

Planning a day on the green this summer? Into Kildare has just named our top five golf courses in the county!

We’re known as the Thoroughbred County, home to champions and world-class racecourses, but Kildare doesn’t fair(way!) too bad on the golf front either.

Golfers cart their clubs from far and wide to enjoy our beautiful courses, but with some many to choose from, it’s hard to decide where to start.

Today, we are bringing you the best golf courses in all of Kildare, from premium parkland courses to magnificent 18-hole fairways. Here’s the top five according to Into Kildare.

The K Club


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Recognised as one of Europe’s most spectacular golf clubs, the K Club is home to two courses, the Ryder Cup Course and the the Smurfit Course.

Both courses were designed by Arnold Palmer and both have many dramatic landscapes with dune-style mounding. The Smurfit Course is a true Championship Golf Course with many vantage points for spectators to view golf professionals at work.

The Ryder Cup course is ranked regularly in the top three parkland golf courses in Ireland, and has held eleven European Opens previously.

Carton House Golf Club


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The stunning golf club in Carton House features two championship courses in a convenient location in Kildare.

Along with two courses, the hotel has three fantastic eateries to enjoy a bite to eat post-round.  Carton House Golf offers exquisite views, impeccably maintained fairways, and an exceptional golfing experience.

Choose from the classic parkland O’Meara which meanders through ancient woodlands and the banks of the river Rye or play on the soil many a legend has with the challenge of the inland links Montgomerie.

The proud host venue for 2005, 2006 and 2013 Irish Opens as well as the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships, the home of the Golfing Union of Ireland, steeped in centuries of history, the 36-hole Carton House golfing experience is an experience like no other. Enjoy world class golf in a warm and welcoming environment against a breath-taking backdrop.

Palmerstown Golf


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Palmerstown House Estate in Kildare offers an outstanding golfing experience, with a wide range of services and the best facilities available, to ensure you play to the best of your potential!

Golfers of all skill levels will find enjoyment and challenge on this well-designed 18-hole championship course.

This challenging course is set amidst thousands of mature trees that boast a variety of colour throughout all four seasons, and each hole has its own individual charm. The 7,419 yard Palmerstown House Estate’s Course presents players with feelings of tradition, excellence and quality!

This course is open to visitors all year round. No handicap certificate is required, although beginners might find this championship course demanding.

Kilkea Castle Golf Club


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Kilkea Golf Course has been developed in a magnificent setting, beneath the shadows of a 12th century Castle (the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland). It allows the splendour of the Castle to be viewed from every fairway!

In constructing this championship course, the designers have cleverly used the River Greese as a natural hazard flowing through the Castle grounds and estate.

The combination of this water and a variety of other hazards and interesting greens ensures the golfer playing the course has a considered challenge on his or her hands. You will encounter the River at almost every hole.

Two lakes have also been included in the course design, adding to the overall difficulty of the challenge of this royal and ancient game.

Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort


More than just a hotel, leisure and golf resort, Tulfarris is one of the most picturesque hotels in all of Ireland.

Designed by the celebrated golf architect, Patrick J. Merrigan, the 18-hole championship golf course blends the natural landscape with inspired features to create a challenging golfing layout.

Test your handicap among breathtaking surroundings where ponds and wild grasses blend into the exciting design against sweeping panoramic views. Whether you are a leading pro or an enthusiastic beginner, Tulfarris Golf Course offers an exhilarating test to your golfing skills!