Palmerstown House - Kildare - Ireland

Palmerstown House Golf Club,
Johnstown,
Co. Kildare,
Ireland


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  • Christy O'Connor Jnr

  • Graham Byrne


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Ranked 112th in Golf World's 2006 Second 100 sees Palmerstown House Golf Club move straight out of your gems and into our main ranking database. Long before Golf World recognised Palmerstown, we said: “We don't expect Palmerstown House to be a gem for too long. This course is destined for the Top 100.”

Jim Mansfield, owner of the Citywest Group, has brought to fruition three prestigious projects in the west and south west of Dublin in recent years; the Citywest Hotel, Conference, Leisure and Golf Resort in Saggart, the Weston executive airport at Leixslip and Palmerstown House in Johnstown – with the course at Palmerstown now used by the PGA as its Irish headquarters (similar to The Belfry in England and Gleneagles in Scotland).

Mansfield bought the Palmerstown estate in 1999 and, with the help of Christy O’Connor Jnr as course architect, he has since transformed a substantial part of the former stud farm into a magnificent championship golf course – measuring a colossal 7,419 yards from the back tees. It will be a big golfing venue in the future, possibly hosting the Irish or European Open, such are the exacting standards to which Palmerstown House has been built.

The conditioning and manicuring at Palmerstown House cannot be faulted – the course is out of the top drawer in those aspects. Some may criticize the design influences that owe little to the game of golf as it has been perceived for decades in Ireland but everything to golf as it is played in other parts of the world. Water hazards abound here and there are acres of bunkers – some shamrock shaped – which may not be everyone’s idea of golf in the Emerald Isle but there are plenty of traditional parkland and links courses elsewhere to keep the purists content as Palmerstown House is one of a new breed that caters for not just the national golfing community but the international golfer too.

The most photogenic hole here is one that is said to have taken more than a year to construct and refine the green and bunkering complex. The 178-yard par three 10th has an island green unlike any other isolated putting surface on other courses. Water is not the dominating feature but sand. The undulating green is almost entirely surrounded by two enormous bunkers that must have more sand in them than all the sand traps combined on many courses. Now, from the tee box, that’s what you call target golf!
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Description: 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 Rating: 6 out of 6 Reviews: 7

It is beyond me how this course is not higher rated in ireland , I played in a corporate event in September 2016 and the greens were the best I had putted on all year , fantastic layout with the par 5 16th one of my favourite in golf , great experience stunning course and facilities, thanks Martin

6 / 6
Palmerstown House
May 09, 2017


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After a few years without any golf club and members, Palmerstown House opened for membership in the summer of 2013. I played the course in late November while we had just got some rain. Everyone was very friendly and helped a lot, the locker rooms were very spacious and welcoming with TV's and many sofas. The range was very good with different targets. When we started playing the course it was a little wet in the rough but the fairways and greens were in great condition. I would put all the par 5's and par 3's in my top 100 golf holes, the 18th is a great finishing hole with the clubhouse in the background and a massive green. the bar food was amazing but the burger was easily the best. There will be open competitions on during 2014 and I suggest everyone plays it.
6 / 6
Palmerstown House
December 21, 2013


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I played this course last week and obviously the course has lost its PGA badge. The PGA logo has been removed from the website and all scorecards, birdie books etc. But i couldn´t find out why that happened.Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the clubhouse (which is very classy). But we were almost the only people playing, which is a little worrying, if this place is doing so well financially...A top class venue for a great value. Very recommended.
6 / 6
Palmerstown House
May 17, 2010


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Keith Baxter
May 17, 2010
We understand that Palmerstown House decided not to renew the PGA licence and therefore undertook a re-branding exercise. Click here for more.
I played this course yesterday on a mild november day with the sun shining. Despite the nice weather i had the course virtually to myself and it was heaven. As the previous posters have mentioned, when you are travelling up the long winding driveway to the clubhouse, you know that a lot of money has been spent here and no detail is left out. Also the fact that the course is just off the motorway is a big bonus too. Upon arriving at the impressive clubhouse i proceeded to the locker room and what greeted me was unlike anything ive ever seen - a big open fireplace crackling away, big plasma tv hanging from the walls, superb showers and the grandest of furnature, and i was the only person in there. I didnt bother with the driving range or the putting green as the course was quiet and i wanted to get out and get a clear run at it, but both the range and the putting green looked impressive. And now onto the course. The first thing that struck me about the course is that it oozes quality. The first tee box had lovely flowers lining it and the tee markers were bronze! It was this type of detail that made you think that you were somewhere special. The course itself was in very good condition despite the horrible weather over the last 2 years! The greens ran true and the fairways were well manicured but beware of the bunkers - they are absolutly everywhere. So too is the water although it is not always apparent how much water you are dealing with when you are standing over your shot. Although these attributes make the course tough when you are not hitting it straight, you are given every opportunity as the fairways are nice and wide and the greens are all pretty big. That said, you cant hit driver off every tee due to the fairway bunkers and their positioning and on the day i played i found the pin locations to be only a few feet away from the lips of a bunkers. What was very handy tho, was the card they gave me back at the clubhouse before the round that told me exactly where each pin was positioned for that day - (eg) Hole 1 - 6y from left, 21y from front. It was a great help! The highlights for me were par 3 10th. An ariel picture of this hole is shown on the scorecard and there is sand literally everywhere, but when you are on the tee you dont see the full scale of it, although thanks to that picture you know it is there and it can make the tee shot quite nerve racking. Its basically an island green but with sand surrounding it and not water. The green is big tho so you are given a chance. Another highlight for me is the par 4 18th. Absolutly fantastic finishing hole. You have to manouver your tee shot over water that cuts into the fairway from the left and aviod the shamrock shaped bunker that awaits your tee shot on the fairway. Your approach shot is played to a sloping green dotted with yet more bunkers infront of the back end of the clubhouse. The clubhouse is on a rise behind the green with iron benches and shrubs just infront of it overlooking the green also. Its spectacular. Its my new favourite finishing hole. All in all, this was a great course which i would reccommend to everyone with many more highlights than the ones ive listed above. Its very close to Dublin too with a motorway servicing it so if you are in the area, you would be a fool not to play it. It is only a new course but in years to come it will have all the acclaim that Druids Glen and the K Club boast but with the undoubtable quality that comes with it. Alongside Headfort New, this is the best parkland course ive played, and will unquestionably play again.
6 / 6
Palmerstown House
November 13, 2008


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An absolute gem of a course. Has replaced Druids Glen as my 2nd favourite Irish course. I also agree with a previous comment that it’s better than The K Club (which is so over-rated and doesn’t even get in my top 10).The driveway up to the clubhouse has to be one of the longest approaches you’ll ever find to the 19th hole. From the moment you begin that drive you just know that a lot of money has been spent on this place. And when you enter the changing rooms it’s like entering the lobby of a 5-star hotel. Sofas and flat screens in the changing rooms! Pure class.The fairways were still undergoing some treatment when we were there but the greens were pure and immaculate. There are so many great holes but two that stick in my mind are the Par 3 3rd and the Par 5 9th. The 3rd is like a little corner of Augusta with water and flower beds around it. Beautiful.The 9th is an amazing hole. As you stand on the tee you see this S-shaped hole weaving it’s way uphill laid out in front of you. For the big-hitters it’s possible to cut across the angles and go for the green in 2 but holding the ball on the green will be a real challenge. Most ordinary mortals will have to follow the curves to get there in regulation.Back at the 19th there is a wonderful decking upstairs where you can sit out watching the golfers come up the 18th.All-in-all an experience not to be missed.
6 / 6
Palmerstown House
September 13, 2006


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From the moment we arrived this venue looked fantastic, the staff could not do enough for you and the course was class. The variety of the holes, although some fairways were sanded. In a few years this course will be even better than it is now
6 / 6
Palmerstown House
June 28, 2006


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I played at Palmerstown House in Sept 2005 and was blown away the minute we drove up the long drive towards the clubhouse. It just screams out class, with a capital "C". The course was in perfect condition, lush fairways and superb greens. The par 5 16th has to be one of the best holes I have played, the fairway shrinks down to only 10 yards wide approaching a semi-island green. The par 4 4th is not bad either. Every hole is different and challenging, a truly top venue. Play it! it is better than the K Club.
6 / 6
Palmerstown House
May 29, 2006


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