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Leinster Parkland Killeen Castle

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8.6 (2)

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Address
Dunsany, Co. Meath
Telephone No
+353 (0) 1689 3000
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links/parkland
Parkland
Province
Leinster
County
Meath
Surely one of Jack Nicklaus' best designs, this new resort in County Meath entertained and thrilled golf fans around the world in 2011, as it hosted not only the Ladies Irish Open, but also the Solheim Cup. The European's historic win will live long in the memory, but so to will the timeless beauty of the golf course.

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Overall rating 
 
8.6
Shot making / Variety 
 
8.8  (2)
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
8.3  (2)
Design Variety 
 
8.8  (2)
Memorability 
 
9.0  (2)
Condition 
 
9.0  (2)
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
7.5  (2)
Overall rating 
 
9.1
Shot making / Variety 
 
9.5
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
8.5
Design Variety 
 
9.0
Memorability 
 
9.5
Condition 
 
9.0
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
8.5
Niall Reviewed by Niall September 03, 2013

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Killeen Castle is world class for available shot options. There are clear and ingenious risk and reward options for nearly all drives, lay-ups and approaches. Good course management gets suitably rewarded but you also have the option of trying to be a hero and dicing with danger if you're feeling confident.

The course itself is gorgeous. Apart from that the surrounding mature woodland has a wow factor to it. But without doubt the star of the show is the castle; it really is something to behold.

There is no weak hole on the course and each presents its own distinct challenges. I absolutely love 17 out of 18 holes, which is a world class ratio.

I'm definitely going back. If the scenery were more spectacular, I'd give it a 10 for memorability. Driving into Killeen Castle you know beyond doubt that a special day has just begun. Not only is the place classy, it's the right type of classy. Ireland at its best.
Date of your round
September 02, 2013
Overall rating 
 
8.1
Shot making / Variety 
 
8.0
Scenery (wow factor) 
 
8.0
Design Variety 
 
8.5
Memorability 
 
8.5
Condition 
 
9.0
Playability (all handicaps) 
 
6.5
Alan Tierney Reviewed by Alan Tierney April 12, 2013
Last updated: June 26, 2014

Public Reviews

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Killeen Castle has been a long time on the wish list of courses to play but cost was a hindering factor. Having received a voucher to play I booked an afternoon tee time on a cool and blustery Sunday. Myself and my playing partner who's green fee was €50 arrived in plenty of time to benefit from the facilities on offer. On checking in we were told we would be playing from the white tees and that they were still incorporating winter rules with placing everywhere. I was happy to hear the mention of white tees as it's a bug bear of mine when courses restrict players to playing from the forward green tees and diminishing the experience especially on long championships courses.

All was good so we hit the practice facilities before making our way to the first tee. The practice facilities on offer are excellent, nice driving range with the option of playing from indoor bays or an outdoor grass area (outdoor grass area was closed that particular day possibly due to the lack of grass growth after a cold March). Down towards the first tee there is a very large putting green and an elevated pitching green with practice bunker. Plenty of space and well conditioned and makes for an exciting warm up session in anticipation of the round ahead. Overlooking the practice facilities and first tee are large clocks which is a convenient touch for keeping everything running smoothly.

The first tee lead to some disappointment as we walked past the black tee, then past the blue tee and then past what was supposed to be the white tee onto the official green tee but marked with white markers. It looked like the black and blue tees were reseeded so we thought they were just doing some maintenance on the first hole. Unfortunately the rest of the course was of a similar fate, most of the white tee markers were on the official green tee boxes and even one or two of the par 3's were on the back of the red tee boxes. I can't understand why they didn't just say they were playing the green tees instead of trying to deceive players into thinking they were playing the full course. Negative marks due on that front.

The course itself has a great mix of holes and particularly the par 5's which are very interesting with good use of water, bunkers and of varying lengths offering good risk/reward combinations. Alot of the holes are quite open since it's not a traditional tree lined parkland and given the lack of grass growth the rough was very forgiving and errant shots were not overly punished but I'd imagine conditions later in the year would be more severe. The course favors a drawer of the ball but certain holes also require you to fade it so shot selection is key if the rough is allowed meadow somewhat. Greens were playing true and smooth and of consistent speed and the quality of bunkers was very good so in terms of conditioning it was top drawer.

The club house and locker rooms are exceptional with possibly the best shower facilities in Ireland. Although the sauna was not operational the shower with above and side mounted water jets was quite an experience and should not be missed, opulence at it's best and no better way of warming up after being out in the cold easterly breeze for the afternoon.
I was very impressed with the quality and pricing of the Nicklaus Room restaurant. In very comfortable and ambient surroundings an exceptional menu was on offer for a bargain price of €12. I'm not sure if it was a Sunday only offer but the generous proportions, sumptuous food and pleasant staff finished off a memorable occasion.

A great experience and a course well worth playing and enjoying. It's a course I would greatly appreciate playing again and hopefully with an opportunity of playing in something like a scratch cup from the blue tees (7,142 yards), it looks an absolute beast from the black tees (7,667 yards) so can't imagine they're often if ever used in anything but professional tournaments.
Date of your round
April 07, 2013