The K Club - The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club
Ireland, Leinster, Kildare Co., Straffan
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Forty minutes west of Dublin, The K Club nestles amidst 500 acre of rolling Kildare countryside on the banks of the river Liffey. This superlative resort boasts what is arguably the finest five star hotel in Ireland and two outstanding golf courses, venue of the Ryder Cup 2006. Centrepiece of the resort, the elegantly restored 18th Century Straffan House opened as a hotel in 1991, while the surrounding parkland of the estate has been moulded into a superb championship facility at the hand of the legendary player Arnold Palmer.
The K Club offers the highest standards of comfort and services in a timeless atmosphere, handsomely fitted with antiques and works of art. The K Club is also a full country club with a range of leisure activities ranging from fishing to shooting. The K Spa is a unique facility covering over 2,000 square feet and including indoor pool, spa, jacuzzi, relaxation areas, treatment rooms, fitness room and beauty salon.
The K Club is one of the few clubs in Europe to boast two bona fide championship courses side by side, the Ryder Cup and Smurfit course, each offering a distinctive experience to the golfer. An exclusive venue, host to the Ryder Cup and several Irish Opens, The K Club is nevertheless opened to all and novice golfers will find excellent tuition and practice facilities.
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The K Club Resort
The K Club offers the highest standards of comfort and services in a timeless atmosphere, handsomely fitted with antiques and works of art. Accommodation is distributed between the Main House and the Courtyard Wing. Each bedroom in both wings has been individually decorated in its own unique style and fitted with every conceivable amenities. The Courtyard Suites feature two en-suite bedrooms, living and dining room and a fully equipped kitchen.
Food at The K Club is prepared to the highest standard and offers a wide range of choice for even the most discerning of palettes. The K Club offers the choice of three restaurants, The River Room Restaurant which is in the main hotel, Legends Bar and Restaurant which is in The Palmer Clubhouse and The Riverside Cafe which is situated in The Smurfit Clubhouse.
Every dish is finally prepared by one of K Club's Chef’s, who have come from all over the world each with their own style and twist on classical cuisine. Restaurants in The K Club are all about experience and each one has a unique feel and atmosphere that surrounds and soothes it’s patrons into experiencing a culinary encounter like no other.
The K Club is a full country club with a range of leisure activities ranging from fishing to shooting. The K Spa is a unique facility covering over 2,000 square feet and including indoor pool, spa, jacuzzi, relaxation areas, treatment rooms, fitness room and beauty salon.
AA/RAC 5 Star Golf Resort - 18C Georgian manor house and 500 acre estate
69 Hotel Rooms & Suites
Main House: All rooms with DDL phone, Wi-Fi broadband internet access, satellite TV, video, minibar, safe and twice daily maid service
Courtyard Suites: Two bedrooms/ bathrooms, living room, dinning room and fully equipped kitchen area
24 Hour room service • Laundry/ Valet service • Gift shop • Helipad • Limousine transfers to Dublin • Guided tours
5 Meeting rooms & suites for 50 to 400 persons • Wi-Fi + Full conference facilities
The River Room (all day dining brasserie) • The Kwam Suk (Asian fusion cuisine) • The Legends Bar & Restuarnat (Clubhouse)
The K Spa
2,000 sq.ft. facility • Indoor pool /16,5 m) • Balneotherapy, hammam, Vichy shower, Rasul, jacuzzi and saunas • 14 treatment rooms + 2 private suites • Gymnasium (Personal trainer and fitness assessment) • Yoga/Pilates Studio • Hairdresser
Fishing: One-mile private stretch of the River Liffey (Salmon and trout) + Coarse fishing with a choice of five stocked lakes (all equipment provided) • Clay Target Shooting Ground (all equipment provided) • Bicycles • Estate trails (walking and jogging) • Abbeyfield Farm Horse Centre (nearby)
The K Club Golf
• The Ryder Cup Course
Arnold Palmer (1991) Heatland/Links - 18 holes - 7,337 yds - Par 72
Venue of The Ryder Cup 2006
The Palmer Ryder Cup Course is, quite simply, one of Europe's most spectacular courses. It charms, it entices and invariably, brings out the very best in your game. It is unlikely that you will be asked to tackle the course from the championship tees, but this should in no way diminish the excitement of pitting your wits against Arnold Palmer, for, in a sense, this is precisely what you are about to do.Ranked regularly in the top 3 parkland golf courses in Ireland, this Palmer designed golf haven is a must play 'badge of honour' that has hosted the top golf players in the world. The Ryder Cup in 2006 and 11 European Opens testify the importance of The Palmer Ryder Cup Course to European Golf.
• The Smurfit Course
Arnold Palmer (2003) Parkland - 18 holes - 7,277 yds - Par 72
Smurfit European Open, 2004 & 2006
The philosophy in developing the Smurfit course was to ensure that a comparison with the existing Palmer Ryder Cup Course would be difficult and that the golfers experience would be completely different. When this brief was given to Palmer Course Design Company, they came up with a concept, which was radical with regards to golf course developments throughout the World.
The best way to describe The Palmer Smurfit Course at The K Club is that of an inland links. However, its true attributes do not stop there. The Course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout. This assists in making the Course into a true Championship Golf Course with many vantage points for spectators to view the Golf Professional at work.In essence the Course is entirely different from The Palmer Ryder Cup Course located just across the River Liffey. From feedback to date golfers state that it is almost impossible to make a comparison such is the difference in experience.
Even with regard to the landscaping there is a significant difference, whereby on The Palmer Ryder Cup Course there are specifically planted areas using cultivated plants presented in a formal fashion are the norm. On The Palmer Smurfit Course wild species of plants have been used such as gorse, bracken etc. and have been planted in a highly random fashion, more or less as nature would have intended.Also four islands have been created within the lakes to promote the establishment of waterfowl.
• The Michael Dixon School of Golf
As a benefits and International Resort the Michael Dixon School of Golf Tuition offers all abilities the opportunity to learn new techniques, or just get started into the game of golf.
Walking allowed + Buggies available | Caddies on request
Practice: Driving range, putting & pitching greens, tuition and resident Pro
Clubhouse: Legends’ Restaurant + Proshop
Kildare Co. Golf
• Carton House
- The O'Meara (2002) Parkland - 18 holes - Par 72 - 7,006 Yards
- The Montgomerie (2003) Inland Links - 18 holes - Par 72 - 7,301 Yards
As you enter the walled grounds of the 1,000-acre estate, you are stepping into an historical heritage, stretching back to the Normans. Formerly the ancestral home of the Fitzgerald's, Earls of Kildare, the grounds play host to two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Montgomerie course hosted the Irish Amateur Championship in 2004 just 12 months after opeing for play. It will host the Irish Open, one of the flagship events on the European Tour, in 2005 while the Irish Amateur will once again be staged at Carton House, this time on the O'Meara Course.
• Palmerstown House
- Christy O'Connor Junior (2005) Parkland - 18 holes - Par 72 - 7,419 yard
Situated in the historic and beautiful surroundings of the 800 acre Palmerstown House and former Stud Farm, this challenging course is set amidst thousands of mature trees that boast a variety of colour throughout all four seasons, and each hole has its own individual charm.
Kildare & Dublin
Kildare is Ireland's thoroughbred county, with such famous racecourses as Naas, Punchestown and Curragh within a short drive from the resort. The most famous one is the Tully National Stud in Kildare, founded by Lord Wavertree and handed over to the Irish government in 1943. A museum traces the history of horse breeding, racing and steeple chasing, while the splendid neighbouring Japanese Gardens were commissioned by the same Lord Wavertree, a wealthy Scotsman from a brewery family.
County Kildare takes its name from "Cill Dara" in Gaelic, meaning the church under the oak tree. Extending west of Dublin, this inland county's landscape shares many of its feature with the neighbouring counties. The great raised Bog of Allen in the west, with its black peat covered by heath and gorse, offers a dramatic contrast to the well tended fields of south Kildare, the bright green paddocks and the wooded estate of the livestock and stud farms scattered throughout the county.
The Irish capital, Dublin, is a mere 20 miles away and offers a wide choice of sightseeing opportunities.
Address & Contact
The K Club
Barton Estate, on the bank of the River Liffey, 20 mi. W of Dublin
Dublin Airport (DUB), 20 mi.
All year (Golf & Hotel)
Northern Atlantic influenced by the Gulf Stream. Mild, wet winters and cool summers