K Club – Venue for Ryder Cup 2006

K Club
The K Club is one of Ireland’s premier golf clubs, boasting a five star hotel and spa as well as two courses designed by the legenday Arnold Palmer.

The club is located in Straffan, Co. Kildare in Ireland and is the brainchild of Dr Michael Smurfit, one of Ireland’s best known businessmen. Smurfit originally aquired the 330 acre estate back in 1988 and proceeded to develop his dream country club. The estate had a long history stretching back to feudal times and Norman nobility. Since the eighties the estate has been enlarged to it’s current size of over 550 acres.
In 1991 it opened for play on the Palmer or North course, which is the venue of the 36th Ryder Cup in Sept 2006.

Smurfit’s vision for the K Club now revealed in all it’s glory, with a 5 star hotel, 2 club houses, 2 championship golf courses, a spa and a magnificent setting on a mature estate on the banks of the Liffy everything is in place for an amazing Ryder Cup.

4 Responses to “K Club – Venue for Ryder Cup 2006”

  1. […] Tiger Woods completed a successful defense of his title at the Bridgestone world championship in Akron last night. This is his 4th victory in a row and must be a big boost to the morale of the US Ryder Cup Team as their star player is definitely on form (after a very shaky start to the competition – Tiger himself admitting that he was lucky to even make the play-off). This was Tigers 70th professional victory. He has arrived in Ireland today with the rest of the US Ryder cup team to get to know the other players on the sqaud and play some golf on the Palmer course at the K Club. America’s leading sports writer Rick Reilly has savaged the US Ryder Cup team with a scathing piece in the latest issue of Sports illustratedRick’s article can be read in full here, basically has him dispairing of his country’s Ryder Cup team and deciding to become european (drink warm beer, drive a small car and date hairy women). Despite the sarcasm of his piece he makes some very interesting observations… He feels that this is “the single worst squad we’ve ever taken to a Ryder Cup, and that’s saying something, considering the last batch got pummelled 18½-9½” so he’s obviously not pulling any punches. He cites some depressing stats on the new boys (Wetterich, Zach Johnson, J.J. Henry and Vaughn Taylor ) – three of them missed the cut at last week’s US PGA Championship, and Henry finished 41st and Wetterich has missed five cuts in his last eight starts. […]

  2. […] The Sponsors for the 36th Ryder Cup at the K Club included a huge raft of national and international brands. The PGA breaks the sponsorship opportunity up as follows: […]

  3. […] The full fury of Tiger Woods and his wife looks set to be unleashed on the Dubliner magazine. The Dubliner, which carried a misleading (allegedly satirical) article featuring nude photos of a model which they claimed incorrectly to be of Tiger’s wife Elin Nordegren, is now being sued. The Dubliner is about to reap the whirlwind it would appear, having sought to settle the matter with an apology and an offer of a donation to charity they are now faced with the reality that Nordegren has issued libel proceedings in the Irish High Court against the magazine and Trevor White, its editor. The magazine obviously underestimated the full cost of their attempts to use Nordegren to sell some magazines at the time of the Ryder Cup in Ireland and may now be facing a hefty settlement. Tiger Woods is one of the worlds richest sports stars and I imagine that he wasn’t too happy to have his wife humiliated on her trip to Ireland. The editorial staff of the Dubliner will not be comforted by the recent defamation case in which businessman Denis O’Brien was awarded a record 750,000 from the Mirror Group. Dubliner Elin Nordregren Libel Tiger Woods […]

  4. […] The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has just received a cheque for €43,933 from Ryder Cup Europe. The Royal College of Surgeons and its Breast Cancer Research Program were chosen by Ryder Cup Europe as the beneficiary for all the monies generated through the Ryder Cup AIB Gift Card. The AIB scheme was run during the 36th Ryder Cup, which was held at the K Club in Kildare. The Royal College of Surgeons is the leading authority in breast cancer research in Ireland. With approximately 1,800 new cases of breast cancer in Ireland each year, women living in Ireland have a one in ten chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Some 650 women in Ireland die from breast cancer each year. RCSI is committed to reducing the number of deaths from this disease through a combination of early detection and improved treatment methods, which are central to the facilities translational approach to medicine. […]

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