Killeen Castle Golf Club, Dunsany, County Meath
Founded 2009. Parkland Course
Still the new kid on the block in terms of Irish golf, Killeen Castle is located about 45 minutes from Dublin City and compares favourably to the best inland courses in the Dublin area. Immaculately manicured, Killeen Castle was designed by Jack Nicklaus and so impressive was the result, it was named as host to the 2011 Solheim Cup before construction had even been finished. Offering beautiful views of the County Meath countryside throughout a 600 acre estate, Killeen Castle has also hosted the Ladies Irish Open from 2010 until 2012. If you are up for a change from links golf, then Killeen Castle would not be out of place alongside the likes of Portmarnock.
A few nights in Dublin is a logical inclusion in many trips. Sometimes flights dictate that you arrive and depart Dublin and it can be easily combined with time spent in other locations. Apart from the great courses in the area, it offers much in terms of sightseeing including the Guinness Storehouse, Old Jameson Distillery, Christ Church Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland and Kilmainham Jail. A visit to Trinity College Library to view the Book of Kells is also highly recommended.
Just north of Dublin, the Passage Tombs at Newgrange date back to 3,200 BC and provide a fascinating insight into prehistoric Ireland, while just south of Dublin in County Wicklow, you should include a visit to beautiful Glendalough and Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Further south of Wicklow, the likes of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford are all well worth a visit with many impressive attractions. Kilkenny is a wonderful medieval city with the impressive Kilkenny Castle dominating the town. Waterford is synonymous with Waterford Crystal and you should include a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal, while in Wexford, some recommended options include the Irish National Heritage Park and Enniscorthy Castle.