The K Club, Palmer Course Review

7,350 yards, par 72, parkland

The K Club is on the outskirts of Dublin, set in a breathtaking estate with world-class facilities. The course has hosted the European Open and, most memorably, the 2006 Ryder Cup. It is memorable for being the event at which Darren Clarke played so brilliantly just weeks after the death of his wife, Heather. There are numerous iconic holes on this magnificent layout, and the surrounding scenery is truly breathtaking.

The 4th hole is Arnold Palmer's favorite on this course. It is a par 5, measuring 568 yards with a green that can be reached in two shots, but overhanging trees must be avoided.

The 14th is a 213 yard, par 3 which looks spectacular from the tee - a glorious waterfall provides the backdrop to a shot hit with a long iron or rescue club onto a green that slopes from back to front. A terrific challenge.

The 16th is a superb 570-yard, par 5 where strategy is the key. A river separates the fairway from a small green, and the number of golf balls that can be seen in it is testament to the number of golfers who have either tried to reach in two or have failed to hit the target in three. A memorable hole.

You will no doubt be familiar with the par 5, 18th - a good, well-placed drive offers the chance to go for the green in two but another watery grave awaits any shot that is not perfectly placed.

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Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.