Portmarnock Links Dublin. Not to be confused with its famous near neighbour of the same name which it borders. This links is relatively new, designed by Bernard Langer on the Jameson (of the whiskey fame) estate. Overall a beautiful course and merits the ranking of # 3 in Dublin and # 23 in Ireland. Played it many times and this week off the back tips, which is a challenge for the better golfer. The layout is good winding around the turn with two fine par threes on 9th and 11th holes. There are two blind doglegs- 8th left and 15th right. Each could do with a white marker disk to help the second shot which is commonplace on most Irish Links.
Index 1 is the 12th followed by the only par five on the back 577 meters long. I have mixed opinions on this hole which was stretched post Langer by shoving the green back into land beside the next tee box ( a good development) but they then shoved the tee box back about 60 meters back into the dunes behind the 12th green (a poor development- bad transition). You can accidentally take the natural short cut onto the 12th fairway which is very visible as the 13th fairway option is a bit too tough. Langer was tougher in his original design and the course had to be given a shave and a haircut to make it now playable for the average golfer. Great finish on the last three holes so choose your tee boxes well (six on each hole) and you will enjoy the challenge. pd
Date: March 17, 2017