The Bernard Langer-designed course is under new ownership, which is ushering in a new phase of upgrades to the course and the facilities. With the big hotel looking over the 1st hole and 18th green it makes clear that Portmarnock Links offers the full golfing package.
The course is routed naturally over bumpier and more unpredictable links terrain than its immediate neighbour. The smart routing ensures that players get a warm-up over the gentler dunes first, thus presenting an opportunity to appreciate the big and tricky green complexes and the smooth, sweeping putting surfaces.
The course opened in 1996, and it is wonderfully natural feel is a testament to Langer’s vision. The back nine are the more demanding and more exciting of the two loops, with holes 16-18 delivering a superb finish.
Favourite Hole: The par four 16th is a left to right dogleg from a raised tee. You can see the green over bunkers and rough and you take on as much as you dare.
What's in the Bag? Finesse around the big greens.
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