The K Club: Superb Golf, A Luxurious Resort & More!

By Charlene Mixa

Thrill in the Lure of these Fabled Links

The K Club serves up 5-star service.

The K Club serves up 5-star service.

A traveler’s dream and a golfer’s paradise! Imagine a unique place where world class golf blends with a magical resort. Ireland! The K Club! Located on a 550-acre estate on the idyllic Kildare countryside is an outstanding resort that elegantly incorporates a 69 bedroom hotel, two Championship golf courses, a Resort Spa, and fabulous dining with a wide range of activities. The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club is a luxurious five star Irish owned resort renowned for its superb golf and consistently recognized as one of Europe’s greatest golf destinations. Offering two Arnold Palmer designed courses, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Palmer Smurfit Course promise to challenge and excite golfers with treacherous rough, water hazards in abundance, large greens and undulating fairways.

Just a 40 minute drive from the Dublin Airport, we arrive at The K Club. Entering the Main Gate the road winds around magnificent well groomed grounds to The Hotel. The opulent lobby with its classical décor reflects the stringent attention to detail that consistently earns the hotel its 5-star rating. Graciously welcomed, we are escorted to our oversized luxurious King Suite. Each suite is unique as The K Club proudly boasts that no two rooms are alike. The wonderful plush linens, comfy sitting area, the whirlpool tub, and the exquisite hand-painted spacious bathroom with double sinks and a bidet, all exude luxury. The Hotel rooms overlook the beautifully manicured gardens, the river, or the golf course.

The K Club proudly displaying the Ryder Cup logo

The K Club proudly displaying the Ryder Cup logo

Exploring this enchanting resort definitely requires a map. A light rain is falling as we pop into the Palmer Ryder Club House. Host of the Ryder Cup for Ireland in 2006, we take a peak at the renowned course and the large Pro Shop. Driving across the property, literally over The River Liffey and through the woods, we reach The Palmer Smurfit Course that hosted the Smurfit Kappa European Open for many years. After verifying our morning tee time, we relish the warmth of Irish coffee in the Club House’s upstairs lounge while listening to golfers’ tales of the challenges of the Smurfit Course.

The K Club offers several options for dining from the River Room to the Club House restaurants. Dining in the River Room, we have a choice of four course or ala carte dining offering innovative and exemplary menus. Our meals are delicious from the fresh smoked salmon appetizer, the tasty sautéed Sea Asparagus, the savory filet of black sole to the warm scrumptious Rice Pudding. Service is prompt, courteous and gracious.

Gardens at The K Club

Gardens at The K Club

After a delicious and plentiful Irish breakfast, we are ready to tackle The Palmer Smurfit Course. Hurrah! No rain! Just a cool fall day! The course is an inland link-style course with each hole presenting a new drama and a multitude of challenges. Arnold’s personality and golf excitement readily abound with design features of dune-like mounding throughout, few trees, an abundance of water, and lots of bunkers.  It is in excellent condition! The second a par-3 welcomes us with its massive bunkers protecting the green. A true test of our golf mettle is a most dramatic water hole, the par-5 seventh. Featuring a vast man made rock, called the ‘Swallow Quarry,’ which rises 60 feet out of a lake that definitely comes into play. Seven holes on the back nine are protected by water and the 18th, Swan Island, brings in the finale of an island green. Each hole brings new thrills making for a phenomenal day of golf. Be ready with plenty of balls! Balls not lost in the thick rough are quickly snatched by the “water magnet.” Exceeding it’s accolades’ as a true Championship Course, The Palmer Smurfit is magnificent.

No. 7 on the Smurfit Course adds extra challenges.

No. 7 on the Smurfit Course adds extra challenges.

What more can we desire – playing phenomenal golf course on a beautiful fall day at an elegant five-star Irish resort. Truly a traveler’s dream and golfer’s paradise!

 

 

 

If you go:

The K Club (The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club) Straffan  Kildare, Co. Kildare, Ireland

+353 1 601 7200

www.kclub.ie/

 

This entry was posted in Europe and tagged , , , on by .

About Charlene Mixa

Seeing new places, learning about cultures and seeing the sights has always been my dream. Growing up I was blessed with parents that enjoyed traveling and thought nothing of taking a family of seven on excursions. My career in Human Resources and later as a consultant for an international Human Resource firm offered some travel, but I knew as my husband and I approached retirement, my goal was to do more traveling and broader trips. The nine years since retirement has been filled with fantastic adventures from short local one day trips to several week excursions. Living in Florida, it is especially enjoyable to be away in the summer to cooler climates. Multi-week driving trips across the good ol' USA, settling in for a month in the mountains to explore the local area, or a combination of both fill much of our summer season. Our travels are predominantly self-orchestrated, bringing the fun and challenge of getting everything to click. It's all about doing and sharing! Experiencing a travel adventure is exciting. Reliving a special travel moment with a friend or family is exhilarating. I feel my heart race and pulse quicken, as I sharing that special moment. Thank you for joining in my travel adventures and allowing me to hear your stories.