Mount Juliet

No Irish golfing holiday is complete without a round on this Jack Nicklaus designed course. The only course of his design in Ireland, it boast stunning parkland scenery along with technical bunker and lake obscured holes befitting of a great champion. Golfers who have won on this course include Tiger Woods and Ernie Els who no doubt enjoyed their journeys around the 7264 metre Par 72 course. For those wishing to brush up on the putting skills there is also an 18 hole putting course. At close to €100 for a round this course still represents exquisite value for money. Be sure to book well in advance to play at one of the world's premium golf courses.

Kilkenny Golf Club

This 5,917 metres Par 71 course has hosted many thrilling championships over the years. Set in rolling parkland the course features surprising challenging Par 3 holes along with numerous large undulating green s which are bound to test even the most seasoned professionals. The Jimmy Bolger stock club shop provides all the necessary equipment with trolleys and buggies available for hire. Green fees are a very reasonable €25 in the winter and from €35 to €45 in the summer.

Callan Golf Club

Just 15km from Kilkenny city lies the old and revered Callan Golf Club. The 18 hole, 6362 Yards course features many water and bunker hazards. As one of the oldest clubs in the area it is still well liked by all who visit due to its challenging design and immaculate upkeep. Fees are €25 midweek and €30 on the weekend with buggies and trolleys available to hire. Buggies should be reserved in advance.