THE K CLUB,
The Kildare Country Club, known as The K Club, has been developed from a long time desire of Dr. Michael Smurfit, the Chairman of the owners - The Jefferson Smurfit Group - Irelandís largest company. The Estate, acquired in 1988, is rich in history and dates back to the 6th century. The most prominent former owners were the Barton family in whose hands it was for 121 years. For those wine connoisseurs, the famous French vineyard of the same name will immediately make the connection, and they will be able to sample these wines in both the Clubhouse and the adjoining luxurious hotel on the Estate grounds.
The Estate comprises 330 acres, including one mile of the famous River Liffey, which meanders through the grounds. Originally the land was dominated by flat paddocks and some 120 acres of magnificent woodland. The designer of the Golf Course was the legendary Arnold Palmer and his team, led by Ed Seay. They produced a fantastic layout, which cleverly used the existing woodland and water. Work commenced in May 1989 and the Golf Course was finally completed in September 1990. Arnold Palmer made several visits and has brought his own personal style to a Golf Course, which has already received flattering reviews.
On the domestic front, the course has already hosted the 1992 and 1993 Irish Professional Golf Championship. On the International scene the K Club hosted, in September 1992, the Bi-Annual Mini Ryder Cup between the Club Professionals of America and Europe. These events confirmed the superb challenge of this Championship course. The Smurfit European Open, which is ranked in the top 5 tournaments on the European Tour, has been held at the K Club from 1995.
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