Mount Juliet Golf Club
‘Best Parkland Golf Course in Ireland’
Only a 20 minute drive from Kilkenny City, Mount Juliet Golf Course opened in 1991 with a match featuring golfing legends Christy O’Connor Snr and Jack Nicklaus. The beautiful and challenging Mount Juliet golf course has established itself as a premier golfing venue for top professionals as well as leisure golfers worldwide. Chosen as the first and only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Ireland, the “Golden Bear” was meticulous and pain-staking in his design and overseeing of the construction of his great creation.
Feature holes on the course include the stunning third hole, a par three from an elevated tee to a green guarded by a natural stream and lake. Also the par five, 10th hole, with its copse of trees, tests the golfer’s strategy. The final hole, a long par four with water all down the left and a narrow approach to the green, has decided many a tournament result. The par-72, 7,300-yard layout boasts rolling fairways, many feature water hazards and contoured greens, all superbly blended into the spectacular setting of this famous old Irish estate.
Kilkenny Golf Club
The course, which is of championship standard, is set on 120 acres of parkland and measures 5,933 metres with a par of 71. It is a popular venue for regional play-offs and finals in the Leinster area and has hosted the All Ireland Cups and Shields finals.
The course is mostly flat terrain with an abundance of trees. Notable features are the difficult par threes, the longer par four eleventh hole and the final four holes which have ruined many a fine card. The course has undergone significant enhancement over the years and boasts sand-based greens ensuring that the course is playable all year round.
Only a 7 minute drive from the Hibernian.
Mountain View Golf Club
Pass through the gates of Mountain View and you are in a different world. Designed by Richard Long and John O’Sullivan, this testing par 71 course, which measures more than 6,000 yards from the championship tees, offers a most enjoyable golfing experience to players of all standards. The natural contours of the land have been shaped to provide great golfing conditions. Always in immaculate condition, the 120 acre course incorporates elegant water features, sweeping fairways, imaginative bunkering and superb sand based tees and greens ensuring year round play. Only a 25 minute drive from Kilkenny City.
Gowran Park Golf Club
Gowran Park, a mature 71 par parkland golf course where all 18 holes are unique, 3 holes are central to the racecourse and 15 holes meander through the 130 acres of mature woodlands and lakes of the Annaly Estate.
The course is a wonderful parkland golf course with 3 lined fairways and superb greens complimented by various water hazards, lakes and streams. The 15th hole is arguably the most picturesque hole on the course, no bunkers, no water, just a corridor of fairway caught between 2 rows of 100ft plus trees. The signature hole is the 4th hole; a fantastic hole based on the 13th hole at Augusta. Playing to 100ft trees in the distance, you have to avoid the tress to the right and the creek to the left, expect to play your second shot over the creek which surrounds the green; a true index 2 hole. Only a 15 minute drive from Kilkenny City.
Callan Golf Club
Established in 1929, Callan Golf Club is located 1 mile from Callan on the Knocktopher Road. This mature 18 hole parkland course features well placed spinneys, bunkers and hazards with water featuring on 8 of the holes and has a justifiable and well earned reputation for the high standard of presentation and upkeep of both fairways and greens. The course distance is 6,362 yards from the blue markers, 6,099 yards from the men’s tees and 5,436 yards from the ladies tees. Only a 20 minute drive from Kilkenny City.
Castlecomer Golf Club
Set in a 200 year old forest, Castlecomer’s course provides a great test of golf combined with breath taking views of the local terrain. With the development of this course completed in 2003, it is clear to everyone at Castlecomer Golf Club that Pat Ruddy has designed a unique golf course. In total 13 new holes were incorporated into the 18-hole layout with tees and greens built to USGA standards.
The holes have sand-based fairways with irrigation built in. The construction of the latter from the outset is rare for parkland layouts in Ireland, but certainly ensures top class, year round playing conditions, no matter what the prevailing climatic conditions. This par-72 championship style course of 6,180m off the back tees has 18 holes of tremendous character and challenge which will compel any discerning golfer to return again. Only a 20 minute drive from Kilkenny City.