Kildare

County Kildare is located in the Mid-East region of Ireland and it’s one of the most prosperous areas in the country. Land locked by six other counties in the province of Leinster, Kildare is probably best known in sporting circles for its horse racing and breeding as it boasts three major racecourses, numerous stud farms and Goff’s equine auction house.

On the golfing front, 20 clubs are affiliated to the Golf Union of Ireland via its Leinster Branch and two of these – the K Club at Straffan and Carton House in Maynooth – operate a pair of premier parkland courses with all four of these 18-hole layouts featuring prominently in the Top 50 rankings of Irish golf courses.

The Curragh is one of the most historically important clubs in Ireland as its course, dating back to 1852, is regarded as the oldest in the country. The club itself celebrated its centenary in 1983 making it the second oldest in the land (after Royal Belfast). However, the Curragh's historian established in 2013 that the club was actually founded in 1858.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Kildare

K Club (Palmer Ryder Cup)

1st Kildare - Best in Area

The K Club is probably the most opulent golf resort in Ireland. This is where an Irish piper will greet you as you switch off your helicopter.

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Carton House (Montgomerie)

2nd Kildare - Best in Area

The Montgomerie course at Carton House hosted the 2005 Irish Open. Although not a links course, it looks and plays like one.

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Carton House (O'Meara)

3rd Kildare - Best in Area

The O'Meara is the oldest of the two courses at Carton House. Designed by Mark in conjunction with European Golf Design, opening for play in May 2002.

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Palmerstown House

4th Kildare - Best in Area

Jim Mansfield bought the Palmerstown House Estate in 1999 and, with the help of Christy O’Connor Jnr, he has since transformed a substantial part of the former stud farm into a magnificent championship golf course

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K Club (Smurfit)

5th Kildare - Best in Area

If you are a traditionalist then the Smurfit golf course is probably not up your street. If you are seeking thrills and excitement, then the K Club is for you.

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Royal Curragh

6th Kildare - Best in Area

The Curragh Golf Club claim to play over the oldest course in all of Ireland. In 2013, the club chose to revive its Royal title, an honour conferred on it by the British monarchy over a century before.

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Naas

7th Kildare - Best in Area

Naas Golf Club is a traditional parkland course laid out on rolling terrain with tree-lined fairways.

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Moyvalley

8th Kildare - Best in Area

Moyvalley is located about a 40-minute drive to the west of Dublin and the golf course is draped across part of the 550-acre Balyna Estate where the historic Balyna House provides a magnificent backdrop.

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Craddockstown

9th Kildare - Best in Area

Designed by Arthur Spring in 1994, Craddockstown Golf Club is located near the famous K Club and this relatively flat parkland course has a number of memorable holes, some of which feature challenging water hazards.

Athy

10th Kildare - Best in Area

Formed as a 9-hole course in 1906 and extended to 18 holes in 1993, Athy Golf Club is where accuracy rather than sheer length will pay dividends. Recent changes to the layout have created a more exacting challenge on this 6,400-yard parkland layout.