Portsalon does not have a posh club house (although the view from the restuarant is wonderful!), any practice facilities at all, or even a yardage book. What it does have is a stunning location next to the Ballymastoker Bay and a dozen superb links holes.
First a par 4 where after a good tee shot you'll hopefully see the flag in a small v-notch in the hill in front of you, a short iron into punch-bowl green. Fun start! Second hole is the best, as many have written before, having played 6 rounds in a 4 days across Donegal it's still a hole that stands out in your mind.
From then on you play in the valleys among the dunes, among the most charming and fun links golf I've played. After 12 holes unfortunately the dunes run out as you move further inland, the holes feels a bit more tricked up and cramped until they open up again for 17 and 18. They're not bad, and I'm sure I'll appreciate them on a second visit (or with a yardage book), but they're not as fun nor as good as the first dozen holes.
All in all, well worth visiting for 75€ greenfee, even more so with the discount card we had.
Date: June 13, 2016