Sitting in Kildare on 550 acres of stunning Irish countryside, The K Club is really one of those places that ticks a box off your travel bucket list. As you drive up to the resort, which is just 30 minutes from Dublin, it’s all too easy to allow yourself to feel as though you are arriving at your own private castle.
IRISH TRADITION, MODERN LUXURY
The K Club mixes its incredible history – nearly 200 years of it – with a level of quality, service, and elegance that are hard to match. The resort, an AA Five Red Star property, is all about luxury and possesses every modern convenience and amenity the most discerning traveler expects, but it does so while remaining true to its tradition and roots.
Continuing in that tradition, the resort offers delicious traditional Irish cuisine with a modern touch all prepared using meticulously sourced homegrown ingredients from local suppliers. From the formal dining Byerley Turk serving up Irish classics like loin, lap and sweet breads of Irish spring lamb, whole black sole, and fresh Atlantic hake to a full Irish breakfast at the River Room or a burger at Legends, you will never want for a great meal. In addition, the resort now offers incredible Thai-Asian fusion plates at the K Thai Restaurant.
Be sure to experience the resort’s afternoon tea or grab a pre- or post-dinner drink at the Vintage Crop Cocktail Bar or Media Puzzle Lounge.
Rooms at the K Club or not only loaded with luxury and designed with absolute relaxation in mind, but they are also each individually decorated so no two are alike. With original artwork and timeless antiques on display, you might never want to leave your room.
But, with activities like a full-service spa, horseback riding, falconry, hiking, swimming, fishing on the River Liffey, and clay shooting you won’t want to sit still for too long.
PLAY LIKE YOU MADE THE RYDER CUP TEAM
And did we mention golf?
The K Club is home to two Arnold Palmer-designed championship golf courses which have hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup, the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, and the European Open from 1995 to 2007.
The par-72, 7,350-yard Palmer Course, also known as the Ryder Cup course, feels distinctively American parkland in appearance with relatively generous fairways, lots of water, and large greens that are well cared for and roll true.
The course plays long but fair. The par-5 16th, known as Inis Mor, stretches out to nearly 600 yards and is well-protected by trees, water, and bunkers. If you successfully land your tee shot in the fairway, the real trick is in the decision to go for the green in two. The fairway runs along the River Liffey and the green is actually on the far side of the river creating a forced carry to a green protected by two large bunkers.
The par-72, 7,300-yard Smurfit Course is often described as an inland links course and justly so as the design is purposely meant to provide a distinctly different experience than the Palmer Course. The course features dune type mounding and dramatic terrain with natural plants such as gorse left to grow naturally and providing the course with a very natural feel to it.
The K Club offers some great stay and play packages including the Golf and More, Golfer’s Dream Experience, and His and Hers which all feature accommodations and golf for the number of nights selected, full Irish breakfast, and a four-course dinner at the Byerley Turk. The His and Hers deal adds an 80-minute daydream delight spa treatment per person.
The K Club’s great location – just 30 minutes from Dublin – makes it easy to plan a day exploring the city… think Guinness Brewery.
Buddy Trip Cost
Travel (by car)
30 minutes from Dublin; (by air): Dublin Airport
- The K Spa
- The Vintage Crop Cocktail Bar
- Media Puzzle Lounge
- Clay Pigeon Shooting
- Air Rifle Shooting
- Horse Riding
- Walking and Cycling
- Art and History Tours
- Wine Tasting
- Wine Cellar Tours
- Whiskey Tasting
- Palmer Course: Arnold Palmer (1991)
- Smurfit Course: Arnold Palmer (2003)