Just 2 miles from Kilmessan is the well wooded demesne of Killeen Castle. Hugh de Lacy built this ancient seat of the Plunketts in 1181.
In 1841, the ninth Earl of Fingal demolished the castle and in its place erected an imitation of Windsor Castle. A small portion of the original castle was retained and used in the building. The ruins of the old abbey of St. Mary built by Sir Christopher Plunkett in the 15th century, are a little to the north of the castle. The graves and tomb of the Fingal branch of the Plunkett family are located here.
Killeen Castle - Host to Solheim Cup 2011
Today Killeen Castle is home to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and opened its fairways in April 2009. Situated just 2kms from Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath Nicklaus has created 18 spectacular holes of golf, each with its own unique features. As you would expect with a Nicklaus designed course the 7,600 yard course provides the sternest of Championship challenges while remaining accessible to the average golfer.
All of the greens and tees have been seeded and drained to USGA performance specification and the greens feature a unique blend of grasses, inspired by Augusta - the same blend used in Jack's own course in Muirfield, Ohio in the US.
In a testimony to the quality of the course Killeen Castle has already been selected to host The 2011 Solheim Cup between Europe and the United States (September 23rd to 25th 2011)>
Set in natural woodlands and parklands of almost 350 acres, more than twice the average size of a Championship course, water features prominently in nine of the 18 holes. In keeping with the Nicklaus philosophy of working with the natural landscape rather than against it, the course features stunning stonework which was quarried from the site and hand-tooled by expert craftsmen. Complimenting this exceptional golf course is the impressive 30,000 sq feet clubhouse with state-of-the-art locker rooms, on-site physiotherapy, fine dining in the restaurant and casual dining in the bar areas.
Dave Pelz Scoring Game School
Killeen Castle is also home to the first Dave Pelz Scoring Game School to be opened outside the US. Dave Pelz, a former NASA scientist who has coached many of the world’s top players including Phil Mickelson, has teamed up with Killeen Castle to bring his expertise as the world’s top rated short game coach to Ireland.
The School opened in July 2008 on 11 acres with USPGA standard greens, bunkers, aprons and hitting areas designed by Pelz to simulate championship golf conditions has been an outstanding success attracting golfers from Ireland and Europe. One-day clinics; two and three-day schools focus on all aspects of the short game.
Dave Pelz defines the Scoring Game as a combination of all shots played inside 100 yards of the green, encompassing distance wedge shots, pitching, chipping, sand play and putting, which comprise 60 to 65% of the total number of shots played per round. His research shows that 80% of the shots golfers lose to par occur inside 100yds from the hole and his school in Killeen Castle, Co Meath is the only one in Europe. No matter what handicap you have attendance at a school or a one-day clinic will help to lower your golf score. For more information and to book log onto www.pelzgolf.com
Course Designer: Jack Nicklaus, Signature Design
Play Policy: Members and guests, limited public play
Yardages: Championship (7667) Blue (7142) White (6535) Green (6118) Red-Ladies (539)
Membership: Individual, Family, Corporate & Overseas
Grasses: Greens – Bentgrass
Fairways, tees, rough –
35% - Bargold perrinial rye grass
35% - Barlady perrinial rye grass
30% - Barcrown slender creeping red fescue
Cart / Walking Policy: Carts and walking allowed
Caddie Services: Killeen Castle Golf Club Caddie Program is available to all golfers, each caddie providing for any need throughout the round.
Killeen Castle: Barry O’Connor – General Manager; Mark Collins – Golf Course Superintendent
The spectacular six hundred acre estate is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course; Europe’s only Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, fishing lakes and woodland walks and is soon to be complemented by a luxury hotel and spa. Prior to your round you can warm up at our long game facility or on the practice greens in front of the clubhouse. Upon your return the locker rooms offer a pleasant and luxurious space to unwind and refresh tired limbs. Fresh seasonal produce serviced daily in the Clubhouse Restaurant.
Playing as long as 7,700 yards but spaciously rambling over 350 acres among superb natural woodlands, Jack has created a course to provide the sternest of championship challenges while still remaining enjoyable for the average golfer. Each hole is unique, all are instantly memorable.
Located near the picturesque village of Dunsany, just north of Dunshaughlin and overlooked by the ancient Hill of Tara, Killeen Castle offers all the joys of true country living with easy access to the city, being only thirty five minutes from both Dublin International Airport and the City Centre.
2011 : The Solheim Cup 23rd – 25th September 2011
2011 : Ladies Irish Open
Dunsany, Co. Meath, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0) 1 689 3000
Fax: +353 (0) 1 8250706