Portmarnock is pure traditional links, sat on a spit of land and surrounded by water on 3 sides and is everything you want from this form of golf. It doesn’t scream for attention like some of the other Irish links, more stoic and self assured in its ability to thrill.
The course is straightforward in that fairways are wide and fair with everything is laid out in front of the player. This is a course that rewards good shots, penalises the bad but very rarely gives you a bad bounce.
Though very different to County Down, Waterville and Ballybunion it stands up to all these courses and in my opinion betters all but County Down. The 15th is also a gem of a par 3 running along the beach and to me is the best par 3 i’ve played in Ireland.
Only minor negative was the welcome, both the pro and the clubhouse staff were pretty unaccommodating and at some points outright rude. I understand they receive a lot of American tour buses (which must be annoying) but at €220 a pop for a round you expect to be treated as a member of the day rather than an inconvenience.
Date: September 21, 2016