Golfing in Kilkenny: Top Courses & Relaxing Weekend Activities

What’s your idea of the perfect weekend away? For some it’s a couple of nights spent indulging and catching up with friends and for others it’s a wholesome family break. If your ideal weekend in Ireland involves spending time in the open air and perfecting your swing, Kilkenny is a fantastic place for a golf getaway. With everything from family-run clubs to the best courses in Ireland, Kilkenny is a golf lover’s dream. Book a stay in Hoban Hotel Kilkenny and enjoy a perfect location between the course and the city with excellent value for money. Our spacious guest rooms and complimentary parking for guests are ideal for golfers who don’t travel light. Book our best available rates exclusively on our website.


Did you know that Ireland is home to over 400 golf clubs, including a third of the world’s natural links courses and a selection of exceptional championship courses? Visitors come from far and wide to play a round in some of the fantastic golf clubs around Ireland. What makes Ireland stand out in a busy market is the natural beauty surrounding our courses and the challenges that brings. We’re known as the Emerald Isle because our grass is some of the greenest in Europe thanks to the excessive rain that we love to complain about! Our courses are manned by friendly and professional locals who know their sport, their courses, and the surrounding areas – something every Irish person is happy to boast about. Some of the best players in the world call Ireland home, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Ronan Rafferty and Pádraig Harrington to name a few.


Nestled in the heart of the scenic Irish countryside, County Kilkenny is a golfer’s paradise. Lush green landscapes, rolling hills and country charm make Kilkenny courses some of the most beautiful and challenging in Ireland’s Ancient East. With courses for amateurs, professionals and everything in between, Kilkenny is truly one of the country’s stand-out spots for golf getaways, and it’s just over an hour from Dublin City.


Kilkenny Golf Club is a popular spot for both locals and visitors and importantly, is playable all year round due to its sand-based greens. The 18-hole championship course is set on 120 acres of parkland making it a scenic and challenging round for golfers of all levels. The course is mostly flat terrain with an abundance of trees and has some unique sights along the way like an ancient cooking spot called a fulacht fiadh near the 10th hole. The course has a bar and catering available all day, so you need not worry about keeping hydrated! It’s roughly a 10-minute drive from our Kilkenny hotel accommodation.

Castlecomer is one of the quaint and more beautiful parts of Kilkenny and a great place to retreat for a golf break. Located a 20-minute drive from Hoban Hotel Kilkenny, the course is set within a 200-year-old forest with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Framed by a canopy of woodland, the golf club is one of the most beautiful in the county and provides a real test of skill and endurance. Designed by Pat Ruddy, the course has everything you could hope for from a great day of golfing. Afterwards, pop into a local pub for a well-deserved pint after a tough round.

Mount Juliet is far and away one of the most popular, beautiful and well-known golf courses in all of Ireland. Located less than 15-minutes from our Kilkenny hotel, Mount Juliet has been the home to many world-renowned competitions over the years including the 2021 Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open. It has welcomed some of the most famous faces in Irish and international golf but always has a friendly welcome for even the most amateur player who wants to walk in their footsteps.

The Jack Nicklaus designed parkland course is set across 180 acres of rolling countryside and is ranked among the world’s finest parkland courses. Guests can also practice at The Academy with high-class golf tools and software, make use of the fitting studio and take lessons from the experts.

If you’re planning a hen or stag do, a friend’s night away or a solo golf getaway to Kilkenny, Hoban Hotel offers the ideal accommodation. Contact our team or book on our website to enjoy our best available rates on accommodation in Kilkenny.


Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a travel-savvy writer for The Hoban Hotel Kilkenny, a world-class hotel for business and leisure travel, offering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences in Ireland’s historic marble city. When she’s not taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.

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