Kilkea Castle Hotel and Golf Club
Castledermot, Kildare
Tel : 059 91 45555 Fax : +353 (0)503

Golf Manager: John Kissane Tel : 059 91 45555

Although Kilkea Castle has a history dating back to 1181, it owes its present form and vision to it's Irish American owner, Dave Conway. In his words ' At first sight, I felt the place was ideal for tourism and I can't think of a better way of exploiting its potential than through golf. My long-term plans include considerable further investment'. Indeed since 1987, Conway has invested a considerable sum to restore Kilkea Castle to its former glory. With such a commitment there can be little doubt that he will be successful in his quest to establish Kilkea Castle as one of Ireland's premier golf hotels.

Kilkea Castle has been thoroughly modernised. The new course and clubhouse were officially opened in 1997 and the club has since become affiliated to the GUI. Besides golf there are full hotel facilities with restaurant, fitness centre and banqueting and conferencing for up to 270 people. Timeshare holidays are available in the accomodation blocks. Indoor pool, sunas, steam room, jacuzzi, gym, floodlit tennis courts and fishing on the River Griese are just some of the delights on offer.

Just outside town of Castledermot. 55 minutes from Dublin Airport.

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Course Details

Course Name: Kilkea Castle Holes: 18 Yardage: 6782 SSS: 70
18 hole par 70 championship parkland course measuring 6200 metres off the 1st tee, and has been developed in this magnificent setting beneath the shadow of a 12th century castle. It allows the splendour of the castle to be viewed from every fairway. The course construction uses the River Griese as a natural hazard flowing through the grounds of the castle. You will encounter the river at almost every hole. Two lakes have also been included into the design, adding to the overall challenge.
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  • Europe Golf courses reviews Mike Christoff

    Mike Christoff wrote on: Nov 30, 2000

    In the Pro shop there is a barrel of very slightly used golf balls. Above the barrel is a sign that's smiles at you and say's ' I sure would like to see the last nine holes'. I understand now where the balls came from. The course has a great play of water, and yes! 'The river runs through it'. It was a wonderful day out. We are still talking about the food and service in 'The Hole In One Bistro'. Say hello to Adeline for us.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Dave Conway 10/98

    Dave Conway wrote on: Sep 30, 1998

    The following is abbreviated from an Irish Times article.
    Splendid use has been made of the ubiquitous River which comes into play on 8 of the 18 holes. Its tortuous route brings it into play at both the first and second holes, despite the fact that they are laid out at an angle of about 60 degrees to each other. It is particularly effective at the par-five second, where the player has to gamble on carrying it off the tee, and at the 442-yard eighth (off medal tee), where it dominates the approach shot.
    Progressing to the homeward journey, on the other side of the castle, involves a lengthy walk from the ninth green to the 10th tee. But the effort is immediately recompensed by the sight of the charming, 146 yard 10th, nestling among delightfully mature trees. Yet on reflection, nothing really prepares the player for the sudden rush of adrenalin on seeing the short 16th. Quite simply, this is one of the finest par threes one is likely to see anywhere in the golfing world, a hole that would almost certainly decide whether the front-runner in a tournament had the nerve and skill to see the challenge through to a satisfactory conclusion.
    Anyway, evening was drawing in as I stood there on the medal tee and surveyed the green 177 yards away. Initial fear at the sight of trees to the left of the green, heightened to panic as my eyes settled on the river which took a diagonal route across the front of the green before, heading straight down the right side.