Mount Juliet Golf Vacations

MOUNT JULIET GOLF CLUB
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Laytown & Bettystown
Mount Wolseley Golf Club

Mount Juliet Website

HOME GOLF TOURS OF IRELAND GOLF TOUR ENQUIRIES GOLF TRAVEL INFORMATION IRISH GOLF LINKS

Mount Juliet Golf Club - Par 72 - 7,264 Yards

The Mount Juliet estate, south of the medieval city of Kilkenny near the picturesque village of Thomastown, is an old hunting estate that spreads over 1,500 acres and contains the mighty River Nore and the smaller Kings River.

Mount Juliet Clubhouse The par-3 third from the Ladies tee

This magnificent estate is the home of the only Jack Nicklaus course in Ireland, Mount Juliet. Host to the Irish Open between 1993 and 1995 and to the World Championship AmEx event in 2002 and 2004, Mount Juliet has all the hallmarks of a classic Nicklaus design.

It is big, measuring 7,264 yards from the tips. In fact, Mount Juliet underwent "Tiger proofing" in the lead up to the 2002 AmEx event when several new tees were constructed. At the peak of his powers, Tiger rose to the challenge, drove the ball straight and won the tournament with an impressive total of -25. A plan that backfired! In fact, Tiger was about to set another record on the final hole of the tournament when a spectators phone caused a mishit and resulted in his first bogey of the week. It was also reported that Woods did not play a practice round on a visit to Mount Juliet the previous July, content to view the course by air from a helicopter before resuming his holiday at Waterville.

The course makes full use of the natural beauty of the terrain. The third is a gorgeous par-3 played diagonally across the river from an elevated tee. The par-4 fourth continues along the same river, a short but dangerous hole with the green well protected by the water on the right and dense woodland to the left.

The tenth provides an unusual and unique feature - a choice of runways! The direct line of the second shot is blocked by a copse of huge oak trees. The fairway divides and offers the choice of playing to either the right or left, but placing the second shot in such a position that it offers a straightforward pitch to the three-tiered green is the key to successful negotiation of this hole.

For many the signature hole is the par-4 13th. A long tee-shot is required to a fairway that falls gently towards the green. The resulting downhill lie adds to the diffculty of the second shot which must traverse a deep lake immediately in front of a devilishly placed green that slopes dramatically.

The final hole at Mount Juliet rates as one of the toughest challenges in tournament golf. A very long, straigh drive sets up a long iron or fairway wood approach to a green tucked beside the lake which ectends back the entire left hand side of the fairway. As if the lake didn't cause enough angst on the tee, a beautiful oak tree guards the right hand side and will cut short any drive on the conservative line. Making par here is a thrill!

Mount Juliet is maintained to the highest possible standards and the visiting golfer will always comment on its immaculate presentation. The greens superintendant, Aidan O'Hara, has been loudly and publicly praised by the worlds best golfers during the two stagings og the AmEx.


Quotes and Comments

ADD A COMMENT | RATE MOUNT JULIET GOLF COURSE

For a guide to southeast Ireland and its golf courses visit our regional golf pages.


Notable Notes

ADD A NOTE


Return to Index of Golf Courses in Ireland

** This golf guide is under development and any feedback or comments are appreciated. If you have played golf in Ireland please let us know where and your thoughts on the golf courses you have played.

A directory of golf courses in Ireland can be found from our Guide to Irish Golf Courses.

 

 

CLUB INFO

Mount Juliet Golf Club
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Founded: 1991
Designer:
Jack Nicklaus
Championship Tees:
7,264 yards, Par 72
Medal Tees: 6,296 yards
Par 72
Ladies Tees:
5,554 yards, Par 73
Practice Facilities: Yes
Putting Green: Yes
Club Professional: Sean Cotter
Golf Shop: Yes
Buggy Hire: No

Electric Trolley Hire:Yes

Pull Trolley Hire: Yes
Caddies Available: No
Changing Facilities: Excellent

Shower Facilities: Excellent

Catering Facilities: Full
Nearest Town: Kilkenny (11 miles)

Mount Juliet Golf Club, Co. Kilkenny

Other Midland Courses
Kilkenny (11 miles)
Carlow (26 miles)

Mount Wolseley (34 miles)

Tramore (32 miles)
Wexford (47 miles)
K-Club (68 miles)
The European (69 miles)

Golf Courses in Ireland
GOLF GUIDE TO IRELAND

Recommended Accommodation:
Mount Juliet House

 

HOME GOLF TOURS OF IRELAND GOLF TOUR ENQUIRIES GOLF TRAVEL INFORMATION IRISH GOLF LINKS
© Tailor-Made Golf Tours 2004

Tailor-Made Golf Tours Ltd.; 23 The Willows, Oakleigh Wood, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Phone/Fax: +353 65 684 5450 Mobile: +353 86 879 5129
email: golf@tailor-madetours.com www: www.tailormadegolftours.com

U.S.A. & Canada: 1-866-422-1664 | U.K.: 0800-849 6733 | Worldwide: +353 65 684 5450

Valid HTML 4.01!