Mount Juliet - Kilkenny - Ireland

Mount Juliet Estate,
Thomastown,
County Kilkenny,
Ireland


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The course at Mount Juliet is set in lush, rolling parkland, part of a 1,500-acre old Irish country estate with an 18th century mansion as the clubhouse. Magnificent mature trees line the fairways. The River Nore cuts through the course and is popular for salmon fishing. This is the place to allow the Walter Mitty in you to daydream about having your very own private course. But wake up, because this is one of the best inland courses on the Emerald Isle.

Jack Nicklaus and Ron Kirby must have been delighted when asked to build a course on this beautiful country estate. They created a manicured parkland gem. In 1991, the Golden Bear opened the course himself with an exhibition match against Christy O’Connor Snr. It is not surprising that there is a distinctly American feel to this layout, with numerous teeing areas, plenty of bunkers and water hazards. The course even has concealed drainage and irrigation systems. Thankfully, the buggy paths are absent; it would be sacrilege to drive on these immaculate fairways.

This is a course that can cater for the very best golfers, measuring well over 7,000 yards from the back tees. Three of the world’s best have already won the Irish Open here: Faldo (1991), Langer (1992) and Torrance (1993). Another, less well-known golfer won the WGC - American Express Championship here in 2002, someone called Tiger Woods. The course, however, is eminently playable for the handicap golfer from a choice of forward tees.

Nicklaus has designed a fun golfer’s golf course. Water is the main hazard, but if you can avoid it, you will have a great time. Certainly Ernie Els enjoyed his stay here, beating a star-studded field to win the 2004 WGC - American Express Championship. Are you sure this is not America?

Mount Juliet was due to host the Irish Open in May 2020 for the first time since 1995, but the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The European Tour hoped to stage the Irish Open later in the year at Mount Juliet, but quarantine restrictions for travellers into the Republic of Ireland forced the European Tour to move the tournament to Galgorm Castle in Northern Ireland.

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Description: The course at Mount Juliet is set in lush, rolling parkland, part of a 1,500 acres old Irish country estate with an 18th century mansion as the clubhouse... Rating: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 12
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Hugh
Played the course last summer for the second time and came away disappointed. They had sanded the entire course and it was pick and place on all the fairways. On the previous occasion I played here, the condition was superb. It’s certainly worth checking before you book to avoid disappointment. As I have already mentioned, they put loads of sand on these fairways and therefore it plays like and American layout and the divots often disintegrate into nothing. You seem to have to nip the ball off the surface otherwise you struggle with the contact. I can’t fault the greens, they are fabulous and some of the best putting surfaces I’ve played on, there’s no chance of avoiding a three putt here. If you like excellent service (at a price), superb facilities and Americanised golf, then you’ll love Mount Juliet. If you want history and tradition you are at the wrong place.
April 18, 2005
6 / 10
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Hugh
You have to admire what Nicklaus did at Mount Juliet...he's created a fun and challenging golf course. It's not the most natural course in Ireland, the mounds provide good perspective and dimension but it feels rather artificial. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the condition is faultless. A memorable day's golf at an outstanding resort. And the greens...they are enormous and undulating - take plenty of club to avoid coming up short.
September 29, 2004
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