Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links - Dublin - Ireland

Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links,
Portmarnock,
Co. Dublin,
Ireland


  • +353 (0) 1 846 0611

  • Paul McCanny

  • Bernhard Langer, Stan Eby

  • Paul McCanny

Portmarnock is the ancestral family estate of the famous Jameson whiskey family. The Jameson’s once had a nine-hole golf course here and the land is now incorporated into the Portmarnock Golf Club and the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.

This is the links that Bernhard Langer designed in conjunction with landscape architect Stan Eby and, in 1996, the Golf Links opened for play. The course borders its illustrious neighbour, Portmarnock Golf Club, but the two courses are separately owned and managed.

For such a new layout, the Hotel Links is a very understated course. There is nothing showy about the design; the natural links land is used simply and effectively. The first eight holes play across gently-undulating ground with definition provided by varied grasses and pot bunkers. Then, around the turn, a cluster of shaggy sand dunes provides a much more pronounced aspect.

We think that Langer and Eby have developed one of the best and most challenging new courses in Ireland; it’s joyous to play a youngster that is so natural and honest. Langer’s comment on his creation was: “There are very few locations in Europe which could have allowed me the opportunity and landscape to design such a classic championship links. I hope all those who play it discover its magic and its challenging beauty.” We thoroughly agree.

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Description: For such a modern layout, the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links is a very natural and understated course. There is nothing showy about the design; the natural links land is used simply and effectively. Rating: 8.1 out of 10 Reviews: 39
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Jim McCann

Right away, I must endorse the sentiments of others who believe the 18 holes here should be ranked higher – yet another case of a very good course suffering in the popularity Portmarnock Hotel - Photo by Jim McCannstakes due to its close proximity to a more esteemed neighbour?

After a solid opening six holes – with OOB on the right side of the 1st marked by a graveyard (like Ballybunion) and housing to the right of holes 2, 4 and 5 – the real action gets under way at the 7th, with a sneaky little stream cutting across the front of the green.

Hole 8 is a delightful short par four that doglegs sharply left to an elevated green tucked into a sand hill and these dunes figure prominently on a number of holes at the beginning and the end of the back nine.

The round finishes with three solid holes – 16 and 18 are great driving holes with elevated tees tucked into the dunes and these are played either side of a strong par three where the tee shot must carry all the way to a pulpit green that tilts from left to right.

It’s heavily rumoured that Clontarf Golf Club in Dublin will take over the course soon – bringing a windfall to its members when they sell off their old course – and it would be advantageous if they (or whichever club moves in) were to build their own clubhouse separate from the hotel, as it's functional but devoid of golfing atmosphere.

Portmarnock Links was close to a five ball review here but I’ve gone for a well merited, very strong four ball rating.

Jim McCann

April 30, 2008
6 / 10
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Tim Browne
This course is developing into one of the top links courses in Ireland. It is an extremely well bunkered course with deep ravetted bunkers that punish an errant shot. I played the course in December and it was in remarkably good condition with fast, true greens, a very high standard of winter golf. In my opinion the ranking for this course should be considerably higher.
January 02, 2008
10 / 10
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Kevan Voce
Agree with what's said below. Why is this so low on the rankings? A fabulous course. Certainly the last 15 are really tough. The greens were superb - lightening quick and true. Both myself and playing partner both drove really well but it is still very difficult to find the greens and even if you do putting is not easy. We played the Old as well and nothing to choose between them. The bottom line is that you need to be a very good player to take these on.
September 27, 2007
10 / 10
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alan strachan
Iv'e played here many times and it just gets better each time. The recent changes are really helping this course mature into one of the really great Irish Links. It's conditioning for late April was first class with the only shot to the green being the traditional bump and run, the way links should be played. The only thing i can't understand is why it's so low in the many course rankings?
May 01, 2007
10 / 10
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John Patterson
I've played this course twice now, once in windy, wet conditions in June 2003 and again last Saturday on a gloriously sunny, still February morning. Ah, the vagaries of the Irish weather! I like the course very much, especially the closing 4 holes. There's not much wrong with the other holes either; you need to employ some creative shot-making if you are to score well in the wind, but on a calm day you can really enjoy yourself - unless you've got to give 8 shots to your opponent who's playing out of his skin! The greens were in good condition, probably a bit slower than they looked, but marvellous for the time of year. The whole experience was first rate. The pro shop staff and the Starter couldn't have been more helpful and we got a great 3 day rate at the hotel which is very comfortable. It's only 20 minutes or so from Dublin airport, so I'm sure we will be back for another weekend trip, combining this course with one of the other highly rated links nearby.
February 19, 2007
8 / 10
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Goffy
This course does a credible job in trying to match its more illustrious neighbour. After 2 weakish opening holes the remaining 16 were up there with the best. The par 3's were all very tricky, miss the greens at your peril, you'll be left with difficult recovery shots. It's also got possibly the hardest stroke index 18 i've ever played, a par 5 that takes 3 good belts to get anywhere near the green.
October 24, 2004
8 / 10
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Tarby
A wonderful course with plenty of fine holes. Swirling winds on many holes makes club choice difficult especially with the dunes sheltering you. A little disappointing were the amount of divots that appeared to have been left unattended, although it may have something to do with the seagulls. Put this one on your list of must plays.
October 21, 2004
8 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
When a new course neighbours an already established club comparisons will always be made. The Golf Links can be proud of its standing in the Portmarnock area. As a collection of 18 holes this is not as tough as the Old course but there are some holes that are as good - for me only the first three holes are slightly weak but all in all this course is a cracker. Plenty of 'proper' links holes that wind left then right in and around the dunes and the closing strech is memorable (loved driving up the 16th). The welcome around the clubhouse, pro shop and bars is a huge plus factor - nice part of the world is Dublin's east coast - do not miss the chance to play here.
October 21, 2004
8 / 10
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Hugh
It's impossible to understand why Portmarnock Hotel Links is rated so lowly beacuse there is little to choose between this course and Portmarnock Old. Presumably it's the lack of history...who knows? This is links golf at its most natural and it's got a fierce bite, especially when the wind blows, which invariably it does because it is very exposed to the elements. It's a thrilling course and the condition is exceptional. Thank you Herr Langer - you've designed a classic.
October 17, 2004
8 / 10
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