Portmarnock is universally acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses, steeped in tradition and history. Its quality and location have made it a splendid venue for some of the game's great events. There is the charm of its delightful turf, the wildness, the solitude of the sandhills and the sea, and the ever-present challenge of the wind.
The course lacks the spectacular views and elevation changes found in the west of Ireland, but nevertheless offers blind drives and difficult approach shots (e.g. the 16th is a tough par 5 that doglegs right).
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"I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock...." Bernard Darwin, Golf Writer