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Portmarnock Golf Club

Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland

WEATHER, WIND, & THE DUNES CONSPIRE AGAINST THE WORLD'S BEST golfers AT PORTMARNOCK
All Photos courtesy Portmarnock Golf Club

Portmarnock GOLF CLUB
Golf Links Road, Portmarnock
Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
TEL: +353 1 846 2968
EMAIL  •  WEBSITE

          Rated #12 in the world outside of the USA by GolfDigest.com, Portmarnock is currently (2014) rated #1 (ahead of Royal County Down) on the magazine’s list of top courses in Ireland, and outranks other world-class Irish links courses including Ballybunion Old Course, Lahinch Old Course, Waterville, and Royal Portrush Dunluce. The peninsular course is a traditional seaside links with a long and mostly positive history.
          Finding itself mired in a remarkably similar controversy to that that has recently afflicted Augusta National Golf Club in the U.S., Portmarnock is a private club that does not permit women members, and has successfully defended its membership rules in Ireland's highest courts. Because of its no-women-members rule, it would seem unlikely that

Portmarnock Golf Club: club house and hole #1--388 yards, Par 4.
Portmarnock Golf Club: clubhouse
and hole #1 — 388 yards, Par 4

Portmarnock would be a host course for PGA-

 

sanctioned golf tourneys. However, the PGA's European Tour used Portmarnock as the site of its 2003 Irish Open.
           Controversy aside, Portmarnock has earned its reputation as a great place to play golf. Now boasting 27 holes, it was first developed in 1894. Within two years of the opening of the original 18-hole course, Portmarnock hosted the Irish Open Amateur Championship. The course has also hosted the Irish Open 19 times and, in 1991, the prestigious international amateur Walker Cup.
          Portmarnock’s scenic peninsular course is surrounded by water on three sides with expansive coastal views everywhere. The course has been designed such that no two successive holes play in the same direction. Wind direction, therefore, is frequently a major factor here, presenting a different challenge on every hole.

 

Portmarnock GOLF CLUB

PORTMARNOCK'S 3RD GREEN SEEN FROM THE 4TH TEE

 

Length & Par: Championship Course
• Championship Blue Tees: 7,466 yds, Par 72, SSS 76
• Medal White Tees: 6,926 yards, Par 72, SSS 74
• Standard Green Tees: 6,701 yards, Par 72, SSS 72

Alternative Yellow 9 Holes —
May be mixed with the Blue 9 or the Red 9 that comprise the Championship Course.
• Championship Blue Tees: 3,461 yds, Par 36
• Medal White Tees: 3,357 yards, Par 36
• Standard Green Tees: 3,240 yards, Par 36

GREEN FEES:

April — October: (lunch included in the fee)
• €185/18-holes Mo-Fr. €195/round Sa-Su.
• €215/27-holes Mo-Fr. €225/27-holes Sa-Su.

Portmarnock, Hole #25--540 yards, Par 5. Note the sand dunes between the tee and the distant fairway.
Portmarnock, Hole #25: 540
yards, Par 5. Note the sand
dunes between the tee and
the distant fairway.

• €155/18-holes early bird prior to 9AM, Mo-Fr.

November — March: (lunch included in the fee)
• €125/18-holes Mo-Fr.

 

Facilities:
• Clubhouse with Bar and Lounge
• Pro Shop
• Practice putting & chipping green, short game area, and driving range.
• Equipment Rental: clubs (€45), shoes, trolleys (pull carts). No motorized carts.
• Caddies available through the caddiemaster — Tel: +353 1 846 2534.

Visitors:

• Course Open & Playable Year Round: Tee Times Available Daily, but limited to specific times & player numbers. See website for details. From November through March, at least two of the three nines will be open daily, but not always the Red & Blue nines that comprise the Championship Course 18 holes.

• Bookings: Tel: +353 (0)1 846 2968; e-mail: info@portmarnockgolfclub.ie; or check for available Tee Times on any page of the PORTMARNOCK G.C. WEBSITE.
BOOKING TERMS:
Tee times may be reserved with the submission of a completed booking form with a non refundable deposit of 50%.
PAYMENT: Credit cards or checks are acceptable.
Cancellations must be made writing.

Location: Northeast of Dublin city on the coast of the Irish Sea. East of Dublin Airport 15-20 minutes drive time. South of Portmarnock town on a private road.

GETTING TO THE COURSE:

Directions from Central Ireland or the Dublin Airport: take the M50 motorway northbound. Follow signs first for Malahide and Portmarnock, then to Portmarnock. Follow the sign for the golf club to the right in the village.

Directions from Dublin city: take the Coast Road to Baldoyle and travel on to Portmarnock. Take a right at Statoil service station and continue 1 mile up the private road.

Nearest Home at First lodgings: in Dublin City, approximately 45 minutes from the course and in County Tipperary, Central Ireland, approximately 3 hours southwest of Portmarnock.
More information about HOME AT FIRST's central ireland travel program.

 

HISTORY OF Portmarnock Golf Club

Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland

Portmarnock's 6th & longest hole ends here after 603 yards.

 

HISTORY OF PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB:
          Christmas Eve of 1893 a Scottish Insurance broker named W.C. Pickeman and his friend George Ross rowed over from the Irish mainland to the peninsula of Portmarnock to scout out the land as a possible golf links and liked what they found.

          Portmarnock peninsula is about two miles long and covers some 500 acres of ideal links land: low sand dunes, small green hollows and long valleys. It had been used for golf as

Portmarnock Hole #7--184 yards, Par 3.
Portmarnock Hole #7 — 184 yards, Par 3

early as 1858 by the Scottish Jameson family of

 

distillers who lived nearby. Their private golf course counts as one of the earliest in Ireland.
          Pickeman and the Jamesons agreed to form a new golf club and nine holes opened for play on Stephen’s Day 1894. Early on Portmarnock could only be reached by boat and the bell that signaled the last boat of the day still hangs at the caddie master's pavilion near the first tee. The course grew from the original nine holes to eighteen holes two years later, and added nine more in 1971. The original course design was by committee with Pickeman the guiding spirit. (He went on to design 27 Irish courses.) British architect Fred Hawtree designed the third nine extra holes in 1971. The original 18 holes continue to be used for championships like the Irish Open.
          Over the last 100+ years Portmarnock has hosted some great golf events: the British Amateur in 1949, the Canada Cup in 1960, the 1991 Walker Cup and 18 Irish Opens. 1960’s Canada Cup gave young Arnold Palmer his first real links golf experience when he and partner Sam Snead captured the trophy for the U.S.

 

THE COURSE & SOME NOTABLE HOLES

Portmarnock's 4th & & most difficult hole: par-4, 474 yards

 

Portmarnock Hole 15--192 yards, Par 3. Crenshaw's shortest par 5.
Portmarnock Hole 15:
192 yards, Par 3.
Crenshaw's shortest par 5.

THE COURSE AND SOME NOTABLE HOLES:

          Tom Watson — who admittedly is a fan of Irish links golf — has said of Portmarnock: "There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest test of shot making skills."
          So venerated is Portmarnock’s original 18 that Britain’s great golf writer, Bernard Darwin, concluded, "I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock…"
          Golfers Henry Cotton, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Crenshaw support Darwin’s conclusion. Cotton rates the 411-yard par-4 14th at Portmarnock the best hole in golf. Arnie calls the 15th the best par-3 in golf, and Crenshaw called the same 204-yard 15th "the shortest par-5 in the world" when windy. Portmarnock’s longtime pro, Harry Bradshaw, thought the 442-yard par-4 5th hole tops on the course.

 

 

Portmarnock Golf Club: the region

Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland

Portmarnock's 7th HOLE — PAR-3, 184 yards, 17TH HANDICAP

 

THE REGION: Although Portmarnock Golf Club is within extreme reach (3 hours) of HOME AT FIRST’s cottages in Central Ireland, we recommend combining a golf outing there with time in Ireland’s most exciting place, Dublin, where HOME AT FIRST has city apartments offering stays of as few as three nights.
          Dublin's city center is but 10 miles from Portmarnock’s exclusive club house. With 25% of Ireland’s population, Dublin is more than a major city — it is the center of the Irish universe in all ways except the traditional rural beauty and ways of life of the Irish countryside. In this regard, Dublin is the heart, but not the soul, of Ireland. In Dublin you will find the widest variety of activities, restaurants, entertainment, and distractions available in Ireland, including the country’s best shopping,

Oliver St. John OGogarty's Traditional Irish Restaurant & Bar, Dublin.
Dublin's Frenetic Temple Bar
Photo Home At First

its greatest monuments of political history, its finest

 

culture (including museums, universities and libraries), and its biggest brewery.
          Read more about the region and
HOME AT FIRST’s travel program: central ireland.


TRAVELING TO IRELAND TO PLAY GOLF?
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HOME AT FIRST make your advance tee-times at Portmarnock Golf Club and many other Irish golf courses as part of your pre-reserved Irish trip itinerary. HOME AT FIRST offers independent, flexible, fly/drive travel to Ireland and other great golfing destinations in the British Isles. There’s no extra charge for this service.

MORE RESOURCES:
   • Golf in Ireland
   
• Home At First's
IRELAND travel program.

 

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