Stay and play at Ireland’s renowned golf resort, the K Club in Kildare, where you can enjoy special Members’ rates, and play the famous Palmer North Course, scene of the Ryder Cup
The K Club, or to give it its full title, the Kildare Country Club, is the most renowned golf resort in Ireland, and we are delighted to have special CountryClubuk rates for our Members to stay for luxurious relaxation and the best of sport in this 550-acre estate on the River Liffey. Our golfers can play the renowned Palmer North course. Read Francis Fulford’s review:
Golf—you either love it or hate it. No other game causes such a polarisation of opinion. This is strange because actually golf seems a pretty harmless activity which gives immense pleasure to millions and has surely a claim to be one of, if not the best ball games ever invented. Think about it. No other game enables a beginner to play with a master and allows them both not only to gain enjoyment from the game but actually, via a system of handicapping, to make a competitive match of it. No other game also allows anybody who is prepared to pay to tread in the footsteps of the greats of the game and play the courses they have played. Think about it again. Try playing tennis on the Centre Court of Wimbledon, or five-a-side football at Wembley, or a game of cricket at Lords. No chance. But in golf, anybody can tread in the footsteps of the great and match themselves against the scores which they achieved, and later boast about how they went round X course in just 74, which was better than Lee Westwood did in the XYZ Championship. Come to think about it, is that why non-golfers seem to hate golfers? Are golfers bigger bores about their sport than anyone else? OK, let’s admit it is possible.
Now we at CountryClubuk have come up with an offer to tempt the most battle-hardened golfer. A chance to go and stay at the legendary five-star K Club in Ireland and, if you wish, play the famous Palmer North Course where the drama of the 2006 Ryder Cup was played out. One American player was so smitten by this course that he returned here almost every time he visited Europe to limber up for forthcoming tournaments, and his name is Tiger Woods. So if it is OK for Tiger Woods, it must be OK for you—and just think what a bore you can be to all your friends on your return with the tales of your exploits at the 18th hole or whatever, and how you finally mastered it.
The K Club is about more than golf, and all our non-golf-playing Members can enjoy it without worrying about golf in the least. The hotel is a vast white-stuccoed wedding cake of a building sitting amid the verdant grass of immaculate gardens and its two golf courses on the banks of the River Liffey. This is a true five-star hotel and internally it is decorated in what is best described as the Opulent English Country House style, with facilities of a standard you would never find at any country house, even one owned by a Rothschild. This is all good news if you are a non-golfer, or one of those golfers whose wife (or husband) does not play, but who enjoys accompanying you, providing there is something else to do. Well, there is plenty here to occupy the most demanding non-golfer.
The hotel comes complete with a spa with a 16-metre pool and a gymnasium, but also a whole range of activities from falconry to flyfishing lessons, tennis to archery, clay pigeon and rifle shooting, riding and kayaking, wine cellar tours and guided whiskey tastings, while those of an artistic nature can ask about the collection of paintings by Jack B Yeats (brother of W B Yeats) and admire the Louis le Brocquy tapestry in the foyer. Georgian Dublin is only 40 minutes away. Children are also welcome, and the K Club has a special children’s club where you can leave your offspring, happy in the knowledge that qualified staff will keep them amused and active all day.
As for food and drink, the K Club creates a feast, from gourmet to good Irish favourites, created by award-winning executive head chef Philip Brazil. Restaurants range from the Straffan Inn, an authentic Irish village pub, featuring perfectly pulled pints, to the South fine dining Barton restaurant, the Palmer (North course) and the South Bar and Restaurant with the Henry Bar and the Blue Martini Cocktail Lounge adding to the fine refreshment zone. All offer the expected Irish whickies and stouts as part of a colossal range of drinks, plus a wine list showcasing some of the finest wines, selected by the K Club’s world-class sommelier, Lisa O’Doherty. For bon viveurs, there’s a magnificent Laurent-Perrier Champagne evening with dinner and pairings.
There are 134 bedrooms at the K Club, all notably spacious. Standard and Deluxe rooms come with either garden, river of woodland views; for more space and stylistic flair, opt for one of the suites. All are beautifully comfortable, and furnished with antiques and paintings; no two rooms are alike, which is a pleasant touch, and all include the five-star touches one would expect, with 24-hour valet assistance, TV, capsule espresso machine, Voya toiletries and a host of extras.
In addition to the rooms and suites are two lodges. Picturesque Palmer Lodge is one of the original gate lodges of the estate. Now restored and renovated, it features four bedrooms, an elegant lounge and dining area, and complete self-catering facilities. Meanwhile Straffan Gate Lodge provides three king-sized bedrooms, making it ideal for families or smaller parties seeking an exclusive bolthole while still enjoying all the amenities the K Club has to offer.
With all these and more, it may well be that you choose to stay at the K Club without a thought of playing golf at all!
Our Members receive special Club room rates, starting from about £180 per night for two sharing. Golf is available on the famous Palmer North course for a separate green fee: please book advance tee times when booking stays.