Portmarnock Golf Club
WIND, & THE DUNES CONSPIRE AGAINST THE WORLD'S BEST golfers AT
Photos courtesy Portmarnock Golf Club
Golf Links Road, Portmarnock
Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
TEL: +353 1 846 2968
Rated #12 in the world
outside of the USA by
Portmarnock is currently (2014) rated #1 (ahead of Royal County Down) on the magazines list of top
courses in Ireland, and outranks other world-class Irish links courses
Ballybunion Old Course,
Lahinch Old Course,
Dunluce. The peninsular
course is a traditional seaside links with a long and mostly positive
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: 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.
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.
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
PORTMARNOCK'S 3RD GREEN
SEEN FROM THE 4TH TEE
Length & Par: Championship
Championship Blue Tees: 7,466 yds, Par 72,
Medal White Tees: 6,926 yards, Par 72,
Standard Green Tees: 6,701
yards, Par 72, SSS 72
Alternative Yellow 9
May be mixed with the Blue 9 or the Red 9 that comprise the Championship
Championship Blue Tees:
3,461 yds, Par 36
Medal White Tees: 3,357
yards, Par 36
Standard Green Tees: 3,240
yards, Par 36
(lunch included in the fee)
Mo-Fr. 195/round Sa-Su.
215/27-holes Mo-Fr. 225/27-holes
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.
(lunch included in the fee)
Clubhouse with Bar and Lounge
Practice putting & chipping green, short game area, and driving range.
Equipment Rental: clubs (45), shoes, trolleys (pull carts). No motorized
Caddies available through the caddiemaster Tel: +353 1 846 2534.
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.
Tel: +353 (0)1 846 2968;
or check for available Tee Times on any page of the
Tee times may
be reserved with the submission of a completed booking form with a non refundable deposit
Credit cards or checks are
Cancellations must be made writing.
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.
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Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock's 6th & longest hole ends here after 603 yards.
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
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
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 Stephens 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
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. 1960s 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.
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
So venerated is Portmarnocks original 18
that Britains 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 Darwins 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. Portmarnocks longtime pro, Harry Bradshaw, thought the
442-yard par-4 5th hole tops on the course.
Portmarnock Golf Club:
Portmarnock's 7th HOLE PAR-3, 184 yards, 17TH HANDICAP
Golf Club is within extreme reach (3 hours) of
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exciting place, Dublin, where
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offering stays of as few as three nights.
Dublin's city center is
but 10 miles from Portmarnocks exclusive club house. With 25% of Irelands
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 countrys best shopping,
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