The K Club Golf Resort, Straffan, Co Kildare
The Palmer Course at The K Club Golf Resort Ireland
If ever a golf course reflected the personality of its architect, it is surely this Arnold Palmer designed championship golf course at The K Club Golf Resort in Ireland. It may seem odd to describe a golf course as charismatic and cavalier but from the instant you arrive at the first tee, you are enveloped by a unique atmosphere.
Ireland ‘s First Ryder Cup Venue
You may have been forewarned that Ireland’s first Ryder Cup Venue is no ordinary golf course, and that it is widely acknowledged as the country’s most challenging inland layout, but still you will be unprepared for the ensuing drama.
The Palmer 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. Highlighted below are the varying levels of difficulty for golfers of all standards.
Smurfit Course at The K Club Golf Resort Ireland
The Smurfit Course at The K Club has already been described as probably the greatest inland Golf Course to be developed in Ireland. The construction has attracted attention throughout Europe because of its scale and the construction.
The philosophy in developing the course was to ensure that a comparison with the existing Palmer 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 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.
Coupled with this point, some fourteen acres of water have been worked into the design especially through the final phase of Hole No’s: 13 to 18. A watery grave awaits many a golfer on the home stretch.
In essence the Course is entirely different from the Palmer 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 Course there are specifically planted areas using cultivated plants presented in a formal fashion are the norm. On the 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.
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