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Kildare’s Best Golf Courses

The Emerald Isle has long been a stronghold of world class golf courses and with Kildare’s picturesque, undulating landscape lending itself perfectly to the sport it’s no wonder the county now boasts more than twenty courses, earning it the title of ‘Ireland’s golfing capital’.

Kildare is famous for its championship golf courses scattered across the county. They have been designed by some of the golfing greats including Arnold Palmer, Colin Montgomerie and Mark O’Meara. Each course has unique traits such as water hazards, bunkers, vast tree lined fairways and deceptive beauty to challenge the most avid of golfers. From Parkland courses such as Kilkea Castle Golf Course, The O’Meara at Carton House and The Palmer Ryder Cup Course at The K Club, to Inland Links such as The Montgomerie at Carton and The Palmer Smurfit Course at The K Club, there is a course to suit all styles of golfing.

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.


Carton House Golf Club


First off the tee box is Carton House, just a 30 minute drive from Dublin Airport it prides itself on providing world class golf in a first class location. Host to the Irish Open for three years, it has two championship courses every seasoned golfer dreams of taking a swing at.

The O’Meara Course, designed by two-time major winner Mark O’Meara, is a classic parkland course, weaving its way through enchanted woodlands while hugging the banks of the River Rye. By contrast, the Montgomerie Course pays homage to the best links courses from around the world. Designed by Colin Montgomerie, it serves up sweeping fairways and splashy bunkers to get the adrenaline pumping.

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.


The K Club


A stone’s throw away, is the world-renowned 5-star K Club in Straffan which hosted the Europe-winning Ryder Cup in 2006 and 13 European Opens. A visit to this venue is a must for golfers with the Arnold Palmer Ryder Cup Course and the Smurfit Course considered two of the best championship courses in Europe.

Earn your golfing stripes on the Golden Bear’s parkland fairways and greens that will push your precision skills to the limit while the Smurfit course is inspired by traditional links courses with humped dunes and cavernous bunkers throughout.



Palmerstown Golf

Palmerstown Demesne

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!

The county is bursting at the seams with championship courses so you won’t find yourself wanting if a game of golf suddenly takes your fancy. Choosing which course to play first will be your toughest challenge – that and deciding whether to lay up or go for the pin!