Portmarnock Golf Club

Golf Links Rd,

Portmarnock, Co. Dublin

  • Office

    +353 (0)1 846 2968
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)1 846 2634
  • Fax

    +353 (0)1 846 2601
  • Golf pro

    Francis Howley (Head PGA Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    27 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Original layout by founders George Ross (Capt) and William C. Pickeman (Secretary), assisted by Scottish professional Mungo Park (who stayed for a year as the Club's first pro). Third nine added by Fred Hawtree (1971); modifications to the Championship layout by Fred's son Martin Hawtree (2002).

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Championship course (Red & Blue nines). The Yellow-nine (at 3,461 yds from back tees) is slightly shorter than the other two nines.






How to get there:

19 km NE of Dublin

From the M1 motorway north of Dublin, take the Skerries / Donabate exit (R132) and follow direction Swords R132 / N1. After 2.7 km at 3rd roundabout (Malahide Rd roundabout) turn left onto the R106 direction Malahide / Portmarnock. After 2 km, at Statoil Filling Station in the centre of Portmarnock, turn left into Golf Links Road. After o.8 km you'll reach the gatehouse to Portmarnock GC.

Portmarnock Golf Club (Old course)

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1894

Portmarnock Golf Club (Old course): Amongst the many seaside links golf courses of Britain and Ireland, there is clearly an elite dozen or so. If each of the respective nations had to pick their standard bearer, then Ireland would need look no further than Portmarnock. Together with the other standard bearers, Portmarnock is characterised by a wonderful layout of understated simplicity, which belies its undoubted golfing challenges.

Portmarnock is home to 27 excellent links golf holes. The Red and Blue-nines make up the Championship Course, while the Yellow-nine (added in 1971) also lays down a thorough test of your shot-making and all round game. The course at Portmarnock Golf Club is often called the "Old" course, distinguishing it from its neighbour, the more recently established Portmarnock Links course, which is attached to the Portmarnock Hotel.

Here at Portmarnock you tee it up alongside the Sluice River, and embark on one of Ireland's essential links golf experiences. Along the way are some of the finest revetted pot bunkers you'll find anywhere, and there's plenty of them, scattered alongside the tumbling fairways and around the fabulous greens.

While the sand dunes may not be the most impressive in golf, they are big enough to give good definition to each hole. Sea views are occasional, rather than ever-present, with the best of them coming at the long, spectacular and knee-trembling par-3 15th. The course is pristinely maintained, but retains a thoroughly natural look, and an abundance of timeless charm.

List of courses: Around Dublin


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays (not Weds) and Sundays.

Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct) on the Championship course: weekdays €300.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Caddies available if pre-booked.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Portmarnock's Championship course (the Red and Blue nines) has hosted many top level golf tournaments, not least the Walker Cup in 1991, and several Irish Open Championships over many years For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Portmarnock GC, Old course.

To the north east of Dublin lie the Howth and Portmarnock peninsulas. The latter, with the Irish Sea on one side and a river estuary on the other, is almost entirely occupied by two excellent links courses. The southern section of the 2-mile long peninsula is home to the 27-holes of the Portmarnock Golf Club. Above it sits the 100 years younger Portmarnock Links. Both courses occupy sandy links terrain, which was originally part of the Jameson Estate ... that's Jameson of Irish whiskey fame.

Published ranking

Ireland's 4th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 13th best course (Golf World, 2022).
World's 59th best course (GOLF Magazine, 2023/24) and 22nd best public access course (Golf World, 2023).


  • Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links4-star

    Portmarnock, Co. Dublin

    +353 (0)1 846 0611

    Visit website

    This luxury 4-star hotel combines modern elegance with the grandeur of a 19th century home once owned by members of the Jameson Whiskey dynasty. The hotel’s design ensures all guest rooms have a view over the Irish Sea, the hotel gardens or onto the 18-hole Portmarnock Links golf course.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Portmarnock Links

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Portmarnock; Royal Dublin.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      The Island; St Margaret's; Luttrellstown Castle; Grange.

  • Clontarf Castle Hotel4-star

    Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3

    +353 (0)1 833 2321

    Visit website

    Clontarf Castle is a luxurious Irish castle hotel, dating (in parts) from the 12th century. It is located just two miles from the heart of the city and only five miles from Dublin Airport.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Royal Dublin; St Anne's; Portmarnock; Portmarnock Links.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      The Island; Roganstown; St Margaret's; Castleknock; Luttrellstown Castle; South County; Grange; Powerscourt; Woodbrook.

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