Perfect Fairways – Golf in Kilkenny
'Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do' - Bruce Crampton. Challenge your golfing skills on one of Kilkenny's rich landscape courses, a perfect natural environment for parklands golf. You won't be disappointed!
Jack Nicklaus Course at Mount Juliet
This magnificent 1,500 acre Georgian Estate was built by the Earl of Carrick and elegantly overlooks the River Nore in Thomastown, South Kilkenny. Originally owned by Major McCalmont, it was developed as a luxury hotel with a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. The estate boasts a marvelous Manor house, Michelin starred restaurant The Lady Helen, and some of the best landscapes and gardens in Ireland. This signature course is set in a Downton-esque world of its own.
Mount Juliet established itself internationally as a premier golf venue when the Estate played host to legends Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Pádraig Harrington for the WGC American Express Golf Championship in September 2002 and again in 2004.who declared the course as’ captivating and memorable, presenting ‘perfect fairways’ and the ‘best greens we’ve putted on all year’ . In a rich tribute, Mount Juliet was recently voted Ireland’s Best Parkland Golf Course by the Golfers Guide to Ireland.
Gowran Park – a welcoming challenge
If you are looking for a enjoyable day on the course with an excellent “19th hole” Gowran Park is a must. In 2001, Gowran Park Kilkenny developed a unique 18 hole golf course designed by renowned architect Jeff Howes. The course meanders in and around the 130 acre Annaly estate with five holes within the racecourse. With the magnificent backdrop of the Blackstairs Mountains this par 71, 18 hole golf course provides an excellent test for the low handicap golfer whilst also being very enjoyable for the middle to high handicappers. A par on the index 1 par four 4th hole with it’s tight fairway and tricky green protected by water will live long in the memory.
Gowran Park is particularly popular with golf societies many of whom come on a one day visit but many decide to stay over in Kilkenny city which is only 15 minutes from the course. Visitors are welcome everyday except on race days. However, on our four evening meetings it is possible to enjoy golf in the morning followed by our great race day experience in the evening time. Green fees can be booked online using the link below or by phone.
Castlecomer Golf Club
Castlecomer Golf Club is situated just 15 minutes from Kilkenny City. The course is set in a 200 year old forest of elevated beauty, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, framed by the canopy of the woodland.
Castlecomer’s course provides a great test of golfing ability combined with breath taking views of the local terrain. This course design was completed in 2003 by the great course designer Pat Ruddy who has delivered a truly uniquely challenging course.
Each hole retains the character and make up as originally conceived by Pat Ruddy with a new pathway through the old section of woodland that links hole 7 (formerly 12) with hole 8 (formerly 11). The final result adds a new dimension to the beauty of the course.
Kilkenny Golf Club
Kilkenny Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in the country founded in 1896 when a nine hole course was opened at Barretts Hill, now known as Bishops Demesne.
Located in the city and close to all amenities, Kilkenny Golf Club is of championship standard, set on 120 acres of parkland and measures 5,933 metres with a par of 71. The manicured greens are a joy to putt on. Kilkenny Golf Club is now located at Glendine,. It is a good course for all year round due to the sand base. There is a golf shop as well as a bar in the clubhouse with catering facilities.
This is an ideal location for a weekend or midweek break to enjoy a game of golf and also take in all medieval Kilkenny has to offer. Groups are welcome at the Golf Club and Special green fee rates all year IT is adavisisble to contact the club in advance to confirm tee times.
For men at 5908 Mts Par 71 and for ladies at 5095 Mts Par 73 it is undeniably a fine golfing challenge
For a challenging round, check out Mountain View Golf Course. Mountain View opened its gates in 1996 and boasts 18 holes of breathtaking golf over 120 acres of rolling countryside in Ballyhale. The course consists of sweeping fairways, imaginative bunkers, elegant water features, sensational views and superbly manicured sand-based Tee’s & Greens ensuring year round play.
The Greenhouse Bar & Eatery with award winning Culinary Director Maria Raftery is already a firm favourite with golfers and non golfers alike. With a fantastic clubhouse restaurant this is worthwhile for the panoramic scenery
Callan Golf Club
Established in 1929, Callan Golf Club is located just 12 miles from Kilkenny and is known throughout Ireland as a very friendly place for a game of golf.
It is now a full 18 holes after being extended in 1999. It’s a parkland tract which measures 6422 yards and has water in play on no less than seven holes, furthermore Callan offers a particular welcome to visiting societies, groups and individual visitors. This mature course features well placed spinneys, bunkers and hazards,with water featuring on eight of the holes
Societies and groups can be accommodated throughout the year, including Saturdays and there are very few prohibited days for bookings and with a new clubhouse which opened in 1994 offering excellent facilities, a day out at Callan is well worth the effort.