Portmarnock Golf Club

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  • Holes of Merit:
    8, 12, 14, 15
  • NCG Rank:
    9/100 in GB&I
  • Golf.com Rank:
    48/100 in the World


Tom Doak recommends golf architecture students pay special attention to the routing at Portmarnock Golf Club.

Tom Doak explains in The Confidential Guide that Portmarnock is to Irish Links Golf what Muirfield is to Scottish Links Golf. There are no massive dunes and the site is exposed to the wind. The challenge is presented and fairly laid out with penal bunkers at the ready if one gets too greedy.

The rumour is the land belonged to the famous distiller John Jameson, who used it as his own private golf course since about 1850.

The Portmarnock Golf Club is a male-only members club but women are welcome and able to use all of the facilities on hand.

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Golf Course Review

Portmarnock Golf Club is one of the world's greatest links golf courses. Situated on its own peninsula and laid out generously over 500 acres! The city of Dublin lies directly opposite to the West and the Irish Sea, Ireland's Eye and the Hill of Howth to the East.

In 1893, William Pickeman and George Ross would see the peninsula's potential for use as a golf course. After leasing the land from John Jameson of whiskey fame, Mungo Park was invited to layout 9 holes. In 1896, Goerge Coburn added the next 9.

Fred Hawtree added the third set of nine in 1971. The three nines are now known as the Yellow, Blue and Red. The Blue and Red make up the Championship Course.

In preparation for the 2003 Irish Open, Martin Hawtree introduced the par 3 12th and refined the greens on 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 14. Tees were also added on holes 12, 15 and 18 stretching the course to 7466 yards!


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