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Portmarnock Golf Course

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Portmarnock Golf Course
As with Royal Dublin there were two more Scottish men, W.C. Pickman and George Ross responsible for the foundation of Portmarnock Golf Club. The two men were exploring the peninsula from Sutton, whilst rowing across the estuary they discovered the site which is now the home of the Portmarnock Golf Club. They secured a long term lease from its owners The Jameson family better known now for their whiskey.

9 holes were laid out with the formal opening in 1894 with 18 holes by 1896 and 27 holes by 1971. The three nines are denoted by colour, the red, blue and yellow nines. The championship course offers Links as it should be, Bernard Darwin wrote “I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock”. Ben Crenshaw said while playing in The Irish Open 1976 “that 15th Par 3 hole is the shortest Par 5 I have ever played!” Ben had a double bogey 5 each day of the event, yet he still won. The 15th would be the course's signature hole with views of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island to your right with out of bounds all the way to the hole. Nick Faldo and Greg Norman named the 185 yard 15th in their “best in the world” category while Ben wanted to take it home to America.

Invariably rated as one of Ireland’s best courses, it is a true Championship Links hosting the British Amateur Championship in 1949, the Canada Cup now the World Cup in 1960. Portmarnock was also stage to the first sell out and live televised Walker Cup match in 1991. Another first it was to stage and pay for the inaugural Irish Open in 1927 continuing to be host for 12 more with the Irish Open European Event returning for the 13th time in July 2003. In many ways it is the spiritual home of the event and intrinsically linked to Irish golf.

Details
Portmarnock Map
Course type : Links 
Founded :
1894
Par :
72
Yards :
7182
SSS :
73
Designers: W.C. Pickeman
 
Often compared to Muirfield it has merciless rough yet fair to the reasonable golfer. Notable fans of the course are Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead who won the World Cup here.
Ranked No.7 in the Top 100 British Isles courses 2002 by Golf World.
 
Local Interest

Dublin City

Gallery of Modern Art Guided tours, recitals, and lectures are offered.

Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield Village, at the end of your tour you get to taste.

National Museum of Ireland, includes displays and exhibitions of Ireland's social economic and military history.

Take a walking tour of Dublin City Center

40 minutes south is the "Garden of Ireland which has : Glendalough a 6th century monastic site that was founded by St. Kevin. It has a stone tower that stands 110 feet tall, several churches, a cathedral, and many other monastic buildings, ruins and sites.

1 hour to Powerscourt a beautiful estate with some of the finest gardens in Europe. It is also home to the highest waterfall in Ireland.

 
 
 
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Ireland is home to many of the worlds favorite golf courses. From the delights of the famous such as Ballybunion to the pleasures of hidden gems waiting to be found, there is something for every golfer in Ireland...
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DOOKS
DOONBEG
DRUIDS GLEN
ENNISCRONE
FOTA ISLAND
GALWAY BAY
K CLUB
LAHINCH
MOUNT JULIET
OLD HEAD
PORTMARNOCK
PORTNOO
PORTSTEWART
RING OF KERRY
ROSAPENNA
ROSSES POINT
ROYAL COUNTRY DOWN
ROYAL DUBLIN
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THE EUROPEAN
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