The Old Course at Portmarnock is a real treat of golfing tradition and history. Its golf at its purist, with little to no obvious developments to the course since it was originally designed over a century ago. It doesn’t have the dramatic high dunes or elevated tees that other great Irish courses are known for, but the drama here is on the course itself. The design and layout has certainly stood the test of time and shows no sign of struggling to keep up with technology. Numerous approach shots demand absolute precision, with the greens on 8 and 10 giving true definition to the term upturned saucer. Many holes are well protected with deep bunkers and swales in the run off areas. It has all the aspects of a quality venue, with a clubhouse situated in the perfect position on the seafront by the first tee, and holes 17 and 18 guiding you back home to the quaint and welcoming 19th hole. As golf experiences go, this isn’t as well publicised and renowned as some of the famous Irish links courses but it is certainly one that should not be missed by the discerning golfer. If staying overnight I’d recommend the Portmarnock Golf Links Hotel which has recently been refurbished.
Date: September 11, 2014