The Best Golfing Breaks in Kilkenny
Although Kilkenny may not be the first destination that springs to mind when you think of a golfing break, we have some fantastic golf courses on this side of Ireland. With the weather beginning to warm up and the evenings getting longer, you may be in the mood for a round of golf in one of Kilkenny’s champion golf courses. Here are our top picks;
Kilkenny Golf Club (6kms drive)
A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Kilkenny Golf Club. Their 18-hole championship parkland course is playable all year round as it has sand based greens. The course is only a 10-minute drive from the hotel, making it the closest course to the city centre. They welcome companies, families and individuals alike and can offer special green fee rates for groups. After a round of golf, visitors can relax and enjoy food, drinks and great atmosphere in the clubhouse.
Mount Juliet Estate (15kms drive)
Designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1991, Mount Juliet has established itself as one of Ireland’s premier golf destinations. They regularly welcome a host of amateur and professional golfers from both Ireland and around the world and the course suits players of all abilities. Mount Juliet has hosted the Irish Open on three occasions and was home to the World Golf Championship in September 2002. Not only famous for its championship golf course, you can also enjoy a leisurely walk around the estate or explore on horseback when you are finished playing.
Gowran Park Golf Club (17kms drive)
Developed in 2001, the golf course was designed to complement the renowned race meetings that take place in Gowran Park each year. With the magnificent backdrop of the Blackstairs Mountain Range, the course is picturesque and worth a visit for the views alone. Most of the holes are set in the mature woodland and lake settings of the Annaly Estate, with five holes beside the racecourse itself. They offer discounted rates for visitors at certain times of the day so if you’re clever you can bag a bargain!
Mountain View Golf Course (25kms drive)
Designed to be an exciting challenge for golfers of all levels, Mountain View Golf Course is family owned and managed so you are sure of a warm welcome from staff that are passionate about the sport. The beautiful 18 hole course is situated just 20-minutes from The Hoban Hotel Kilkenny and some of the best scenery of the South-East can be seen from this gorgeous course on a clear day. Their rates start at just €15 per person and they can provide club hire upon request.
Castlecomer Golf Club (26kms drive)
A little further away but well worth the drive, Castlecomer Golf Club is situated in a 200-year old forest and boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside. They offer coaching for everyone, ranging from youths and beginners to advanced players under the guidance of PGA professional Noel Leahy. They also do a great Saturday and Sunday lunch and cater especially for groups.
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