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2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle - Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

Killeen Castle 18th hole  

Course Facts

Some key facts about the golf course:
Total Length: 7,700 yards.
The golf course covers 350 acres.
44,000 tonnes of sand used to cap the fairways and rough areas.
278 liner miles of slit drains complement the 200 miles of piped lateral drainage.
7,000 mature trees planted from 10-15 years old.
Par 72
4 – Par fives.
10 – Par fours.
4 – Par threes. 
Killeen Castle hosts a magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature Course designed and constructed by arguably the game’s greatest golfer and the world’s preeminent course designer. With a record 18 major championships and close to 300 golf courses designed around the world, Jack is a true legend of the game and at Killeen Castle he has created some legendary golf holes. 

The Nicklaus name has become synonymous with greatness in golf, and his résumé of some of the world’s finest new courses now includes Killeen Castle.

Spaciously rambling over 350 acres among superb natural woodlands, Jack has created a course that can be set up to provide the sternest of championship challenges but which remains playable and enjoyable for the average golfer. It is a testament to the quality of Jack’s creation that the course has been awarded the honour of host venue for The 2011 Solheim Cup.

Pure bent grasses have created putting surfaces that run true and fast year round, and our extensive 530km of drainage ensures that the course remains playable in any weather.   

2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle - Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

Killeen Castle, the ancestral home of the Earls of Fingal, sits in a wooded estate in 600 acres in Dunsany, Co. Meath. Set in the historic grounds of one of Ireland's oldest and finest 12th century Norman castles, the estate at Killeen Castle is home to a unique development of supreme quality residences discreetly positioned among the natural woodlands of the demesne and throughout which the magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course winds.

Jack Nicklaus, course designer at Killeen Castle, said:  “As the course designer, I am proud to be part of what is happening at Killeen Castle. It is phenomenal, what with the castle as a focal point. You have wonderful facilities to stage The Solheim Cup or the Ryder Cup in the future. It is a very strong course and will be nicely matured for 2011.”

Located just north of Dunshaughlin in the heart of Royal Meath overlooked by the ancient Hill of Tara, Killeen Castle is just minutes from the picturesque hamlet of Dunsany. Killeen Castle offers all the joys of true country living, yet it is only 35 minutes from Dublin International Airport and 45 minutes from Dublin city centre.

The golfing facilities are augmented by a 30,000 sq ft stand alone modern purpose built clubhouse, with parking facilities in an old wall garden setting for 260 cars.  In the context of holding The Solheim Cup, the venue provides ample room (500 acres) for public village and hospitality facilities, a television compound, grandstands and spectator traffic flow, all adjacent to the dramatic 18th hole. For more information, visit the club’s website,