It was somehow fitting that the K Club’s touring professional, Paul McGinley, should sink the vital putt to win the 2002 Ryder Cup. It provided the perfect link to the next staging of the event in Europe. The 2006 Ryder Cup matches will, of course, be held over the superb K Club in Straffan, Co Kildare.
To celebrate those Ryder Cup connections, the K Club has launched a special “Ryder Cup Venue Package” which will be available from 1st November of this year. The package combines two rounds of golf over the Ryder Cup course, along with two nights’ accommodation and breakfast in the hotel that will accommodate all the players and officials for Ryder Cup 2006.
The package, which is available from 1st November 2002 to 30th April 2003, is priced at Euro 450 per person sharing in either a superior or deluxe room. Included is accommodation for two nights, full Irish breakfast each morning and two rounds of golf per person.
There is flexibility: one of the rounds of golf may be replaced by dinner and should the partner be a non-golfer, the golfing allocation can be transferred to leisure activities or beauty treatments.
The K Club has been the venue of the Smurfit European Open for the past eight years. During that period the venue has helped rebuild the European Open into one of the key events on the European Tour.
The Arnold Palmer-designed championship course has drawn plaudits worldwide, as has the stunning hotel, Ireland’s only AA five Red Star hotel, constructed around the beautifully restored Straffan House. There are 79 rooms and suites, each decorated in its own unique style. In addition to the hotel accommodation there are also a number of two-bedroom fountain/garden suites.
The K Club, set in 550 acres of rolling woodland beside the River Liffey, is less than 30 minutes from Dublin airport. A second Palmer-designed championship course is due to open in July 2003.
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