Renowned across the golfing world as one of the truly great links courses, Portmarnock is situated on the north side of Dublin, approximately 12 miles from the city centre.
The Great course has played host to some of the game’s great events, including the 1949 British Amateur Championship, the Canada Cup in 1960, not to mention the 1991 Walker Cup along with 12 stagings of the revived Irish Open.
Established in 1894, the championship course offers a demanding and a true golfer's challenge during a trip to Ireland.
According to the Portmarnock golf club website the celebrated golf writer, Bernard Darwin, was prompted to comment: "I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock…." And that standard is mirrored in an additional nine holes designed by the distinguished British architect, Fred Hawtree.
Also, when Tom Watson played the main course as part of his preparation for the defence of his British Open title in 1981, he remarked on the fairness of the layout. There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shotmaking skills. Invariably rated as Ireland’s best course in ballots by the Irish Golf Institute, Portmarnock takes justifiable pride in its 27 holes, which are maintained to the highest standards.
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"There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shotmaking skills" - Tom Watson