The Smurfit Course
The philosophy in developing the Smurfit course was to ensure that a comparison with the existing Ryder Cup Course would be difficult and that the golfers experience would be completely different.
When this brief was given to the Palmer Course Design Company, they came up with a concept, which was radical with regards to golf course developments throughout the World.
An Inland Golf Links
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 golf professionals at work.
In essence the course is entirely different from The Ryder Cup 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 Ryder Cup 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.
Also four islands have been created within the lakes to promote the establishment of waterfowl.
Special Golf Holes to play:
- 3rd (Kingfisher Realm)
- 4th (Heron Pond)
- 7th (Swallow Quarry)
- 16th (Little Grebe Dive)
- 17th (Otter's Holt)
- 18th (Swan Island)
The Smurfit Golf Club
The Smurfit Course is so popular, we decided it deserved it's own membership. If you'd like to learn more about the Smurfit Golf Club or about the Membership Benefits, just click here.
"A group of us played the prestigious Smurfit Course last weekend at The K Club and was so impressed with the course. Our group were absolutely blown away with the round we enjoyed there. The facilities, the greens, the fairways, the staff, it really has it all!! The course itself is a very challenging course and tests golfers of all levels. We were somewhat surprised by the amount of brilliant and exciting holes there is on the front and back nine here. I suppose that's why it's one of the top courses in Ireland. The staff we met in the golf shop on check in, on the range before we teed off and the starter, Cian, were excellent and all deserve a special mention as they contributed so much to our fantastic day we enjoyed there. We are already planning a day back there very soon!"
Liam B - Stayed August 2014
Refreshments Winter Opening Hours: From Nov 1st:
Riverside café at the pro shop
Monday to Sunday 8am till 4pm
Wednesday till Sunday 4pm till 10pm
Wednesday till Sunday 5pm till 10pm