K Club (Palmer Ryder Cup) - Kildare - Ireland

The K Club,
Straffan,
Co. Kildare,
Ireland


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The K Club played host to the 2006 Ryder Cup matches between the USA and Europe. Team Captains were Tom Lehman (US) and Ian Woosnam (Europe). The first Ryder Cup to be hosted in Ireland turned into a record-equalling event and a deeply emotional affair as Darren Clarke returned to the golfing stage for the first time since the death of his wife Heather. The huge crowds gave the Irishman an extraordinary reception that resonated across the entire K Club property. On Sunday, shortly after rookie Henrik Stenson holed the putt to win the Ryder Cup, Clarke won his match against Zach Johnson and then broke down in tears, only to be greeted with hugs from Captains Woosnam and Lehman alongside many other players from both teams. Europe 18 ½ - USA 9 ½. The Ryder Cup was played at Oakland Hills in 2004 and at Valhalla in 2008.

The K Club, or to give it its full title, the Kildare Country Club, is located in 550 acres of rolling County Kildare countryside. It’s the most renowned golf resort in Ireland.

The North course, or rather the Palmer Ryder Cup course, as it is now called, was deigned by Arnold Palmer, opening for play in 1991. The River Liffey meanders through the course and becomes hazardous on a number of holes, especially the 8th, where it runs all the way down the left hand side of the fairway.

There are four teeing areas to choose from and we recommend that you select the right one carefully because the Palmer course measures a whopping 7,337 yards from the blues, a par of 72. The SSS of 76 tells the story. The blues should really be left for the very best golfers, the likes of Phillip Price, Michael Campbell, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood. The aforementioned gentlemen are the most recent winners of the European Open, held at the K Club in recent years.

In October 2006, the K Club played host to the biggest golfing event in Irish history, the 36th Ryder Cup. The Palmer course proved to be a worthy venue and millions of people witnessed an emotionally charged European Team romp to a record equalling victory – 18½ points to 9½.

You will either love the Palmer course or hate it; you might hate it if you are off your game because it will beat you up viciously, and you’ll love it if your game is on song. Either way, no one could dispute that it’s a challenging test of golf and it certainly provided plenty of entertainment during the Ryder Cup.

The holes are designed to shock and in some cases, they are intimidating. The 16th is a monster par five, measuring nearly 600 yards from the blue tees; the hole double doglegs past all types of hazards, including trees, water, bunkers and punishing rough, and then you have to have to find the green, fiercely protected on both sides by the River Liffey. Even more difficult than the 16th is the stroke index one par four 7th measuring 430 yards from the tips. It’s a potential card wrecker that requires an accurate approach shot to another green guarded by water. These are just two examples of what to expect during your adventure round the Palmer course.

In many ways, the K Club is reminiscent of the Belfry. Firstly it’s a tournament course. Secondly, it’s a resort course. Thirdly it’s dominated by water. Fourth and finally, it is tough. If you can afford it, you’ll never forget it.

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Description: The K Club, or to give it its full title, the Kildare Country Club, is located in 550 acres of rolling County Kildare countryside – it’s the most renowned golf resort in Ireland. Rating: 7.1 out of 10 Reviews: 15
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Peter Bell
As a group of 20 we played this course in the middle of April, and the course was in outstanding condition, with the one exception that the greens had a little too much sand on them which hadn't been swept away. Apart from that it played well and a number of the holes, particularly the ones played near or beside the Liffey, were truly memorable. The 4th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 16th (in particular) were superb and the 18th is a great finishing hole, particularly when there isn't a cloud in the sky!! However, if you could only play one course at the K Club, head to the Smurfit - outstanding!!
April 25, 2007
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Scott Worton
Just returned from a winter deal at the K club. The Palmer looked scruffy but played well and is obviously still feeling the effects of the Ryder Cup. It’s now played the way that was seen in the Ryder cup, so that the 600 yard 7th mentioned in the main review is now the 16th. This means that the front nine is good with a couple of excellent holes (including SI 1) and the back nine is superb with a great finish. The facilities are great and the course is overall very good, but the fact that there are some forgettable holes, leaves me thinking of it as a better version of the Belfry… I would certainly not consider it worth the full (350 Euros) green fee, but if you can get a good deal that involves playing the Smurfit course as well (the better course as every hole is excellent), then it’s highly recommended.
March 15, 2007
8 / 10
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Yes, it is an impressive estate but it is extremely expensive (350 Euros in 2006) and to be quite honest, the experience is very average. If it wasn't for the 7th hole, the course would be totally forgettable in country of memorable golf courses. It is hard to pin point the design weaknesses in the course other than to say that you could be on any modern parkland course in the world. The problem here is that there is nothing that makes the course exceptional for the money you pay. I actually played very well there, but after a week that included Portrush, County Down, Portmarnock, Druids Glen and the European, the Palmer course was disappointing. Play Druids Glen and Mount Juliet twice before heading to the K Club if it is Irish parkland you are looking for.
October 03, 2005
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Hugh
The round cost a king’s ransom but it was worth every cent. The K Club is a very special place and you can tell as soon as you approach the estate, the grounds are just unbelievable. One of my favourite days on a golf course ever. It’s a tough course, you just need to glance back at the championship tees, but playing it off the yellows is a manageable test. I really didn’t want the round to end, oh to be a millionaire.
April 19, 2005
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Bart Boudreaux
Fantastic conditioning and very good golf course. Better than Loch Lomand and Gleneagles but too expensive. Would barely my make top 15 of parkland courses played around the world but good for Britain & Ireland.
January 01, 2005
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