Portmarnock Golf Club (Old course)

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   Portmarnock Golf Club (Old course) Est. 1894

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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. The course is pristinely maintained, but retains a thoroughly natural look, and an abundance of timeless charm.

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.

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. To tour the Portmarnock Old course click on the video below

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Making Contact

Portmarnock Golf Club
Golf Links Rd,
Portmarnock, Co. Dublin 
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Office   +353 (0)1 846 2968
Pro Shop   +353 (0)1 846 2634

  +353 (0)1 846 2601

Email   info@portmarnockgolfclub.ie
Website   www.portmarnockgolfclub.ie
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About the course

The course: 27 holes. Seaside links.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
Designer: Original layout by club's first officers, George Ross (Capt) and W.C. Pickeman (Secretary). Later modifications made by various course architects and golf professionals down the years.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7466 6701 5795
Par 72 72 73
SSS or Slope 76 72 74
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.
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How2Get 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.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes (plus lunch) in high season (April thru' Oct): weekdays €185; weekends €195. [Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends; more restricted on Saturdays.  Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at all times.
Caddies availability if booked in advance, and subject to availability.
Practice facilities
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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.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: 20th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (53.407498)
Longitude: (-6.124148)
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Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links 4-star
Portmarnock, Co. Dublin
+353 (0)1 846 0611

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
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Golf within 10 km Portmarnock; Royal Dublin.
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Golf within 30 km The Island; St Margaret's; Luttrellstown Castle; Grange.
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Clontarf Castle Hotel 4-star
Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3
+353 (0)1 833 2321

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 No
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Golf within 10 km Royal Dublin; St Anne's; Portmarnock; Portmarnock Links.
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Golf within 30 km The Island; Roganstown; St Margaret's; Castleknock; Luttrellstown Castle; South County; Grange; Powerscourt; Woodbrook.
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