What we say
Dublin is the home of some cracking golf courses with the magical links of Portmarnock Old being the best of the bunch. Cricketing legend Ian 'Beefy' Botham - who certainly knows how to enjoy himself both on and off the golf course - is a proud country member at Portmarnock and tries to taste Dublin's many delights, including the wonderful Old Course, as often as possible which just about says it all...
The Portmarnock Old Golf Course is globally recognised as one of the truly great links golf courses and is one of Tom Watson’s favourite courses and is quoting as saying “There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shot making skills". Portmarnock is situated to the north side of Dublin, and is roughly 12 miles away from the city centre. Its quality and location have made it the perfect venue for some of the game’s great events, from the 1949 British Amateur Championship to the Canada Cup in 1960, as well as hosting the 1991 Walker Cup and 12 Irish Opens.
Stay & Play: The Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Course is literally nextdoor and offers many great facilities.
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- Address Portmarnock Golf Club, Golf Links Road, Portmarnock, , Co. Dublin, Ireland, Portmarnock
- Tel 00 3531 846 2968
- Website www.portmarnockgolfclub.ie/
|Green Fees||All week: £145|
|Course Length||6,567 yards (6,005 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course has: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course has: Handicap
I was so looking forward to playing Portmarnock after many other links experiences at other top links courses and this was viewed as one I was desperate to cross off my ‘must play’ list. Unfortunately, the over-riding memory is that this course does not offer anything that even remotely resembles value for money. At 180 Euros, it seems that Portmarnock believes its own hype and the price seems to be based on what overseas visitors are prepared to pay as opposed to what the experience is worth. Yes the course is beautifully maintained, yes the greens are slick and firm, yes the weather severely impacts on the course difficulty and yes the club house is grand and full of history. Does all of this equate to 180 Euros worth? No, not even closely – but it appears that the whole of the Republic of Ireland is becoming ridiculously expensive, so if money is no object, go and play there – you will enjoy it immensely. If cost is an issue, get yourself to Wallasey or Royal St. David’s (Harlech) – perhaps they don’t quite have the history or reputation that Portmarnock has – but you will certainly get a fantastic links experience and could play both of those for the cost of a round at Portmarnock. Would I play there again? Not at that price I wouldn’t.