Situated in the South-East Region of Ireland, County Kilkenny extends south for about 45 miles from its border with County Laois and the River Suir bounds it to the west and the River Barrow to the east. Tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to visiting architectural sites in Kilkenny, as there are numerous Ring Forts, Round Towers, Abbeys, Priories and Castles to explore.
A mere half dozen Kilkenny clubs are in membership of the GUI and four of those have only been in existence since the 1990s. One of these, Mount Juliet, is a lush Jack Nicklaus parkland course where the Irish Open was held for three consecutive years, beginning in 1991. Founded in 1896, Kilkenny is the oldest club in the county and it moved to its present site in 1923. The club was honoured to have its course used for the national inter-club Cups and Shields Finals week in 1985.