Ottawa-area golfers planning dream golf trips of a lifetime would be doing themselves a huge injustice if they didn’t scout the lush layouts of Ireland.
Here’s the first of a series describing several Irish golf courses courtesy of independent tour operator IrishTourism.com.
Portmarnock Golf Club
- Founded: 1894
- Designer: W.C. Pickeman
- Championship Length: 7,295 yards
- Par: 72
- Course Rating: 74
- Type: Links
Portmarnock Golf Club is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s truly great links courses.
Located on a small peninsula, which extends into the Irish Sea, Portmarnock is surrounded by water on three sides and laid out in serpentine fashion, with no two successive holes playing in the same direction. Wind comes into play in a big way.
The quality and location of Portmarnock have made it a superb venue for some great events over the years.
The British Amateur in 1949, the Canada Cup in 1960, the 1991 Walker Cup and some 12 Irish Open Championships have been held on its hallowed turf.
The Canada Cup was notable in that it gave future legend Arnold Palmer his first real taste of links golf.
The championship course offers a fair but tough challenge and was acknowledged by Tom Watson in 1981: “There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shot making skills.”
The course has some extraordinary holes, including No. 5, which was regarded as the best on the course by the late Harry Bradshaw, runner up in the 1949 British Open.
Palmer regards No. 15 as the finest par three in the world.
Invariably rated as one of Ireland’s top three courses, Portmarnock presents a strong and potentially hazardous finish.
Of the climax, the celebrated golf writer Bernard Darwin wrote: “I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock.”
Location of Portmarnock Golf Club:
Situated just south of Portmarnock down a private road. Take the M50 motorway northbound and follow the signs first for Malahide and Portmarnock, then to Portmarnock. Follow the sign for the golf club to the right in the village.
For more details or to book a vacation, call 1.877.298.7205 toll-free.