off the R122,
St Margaret's, Co. Dublin
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock
12 km N of Dublin
From M50 motorway north of Dublin take exit 4 (Ballymun / Naul) and follow R108 direction Naul (along the airport perimeter). After 3.5 km at T-junction turn right and follow direction St Margarets (R122). After 2 km turn left, direction St Margarets G&CC (ignore earlier left turns to St Margarets). After o.3 km turn right direction St Margarets G&CC. After 1.1 km turn right into golf.
St Margaret's Golf & Country Club: Despite its proximity to Dublin International Airport this undulating, parkland course is not overly affected by aircraft noise. One's concentration can remain on the more immediate hazards - well-placed bunkers, the occasional gorse-lined fairway and plenty of water hazards (courtesy of the River Ward that runs through the course).
For most tee-shots there's plenty of room, and the rough is generally quite user-friendly, good for getting societies round in under four-and-a-half hours. But when the occasion demands, as for the several professional tournaments St Margaret's has hosted, the 6,900 yards can be transformed into something a good deal more intimidating.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
St Margaret's has played host to major tournaments including the Irish Seniors Open, and the Ladies Irish Open in 1994 and 1995 (winner on both occasions: Laura Davies).
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+353 (0)1 846 0611Visit 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.
Portmarnock; Royal Dublin.
The Island; St Margaret's; Luttrellstown Castle; Grange.
Northwood Park Santry Demesne, Dublin Airport
+353 (0)1 862 8888Visit website
St Margaret's; Roganstown
Castleknock; Luttrellstown Castle; Grange; Woodbrook; Royal Dublin; Portmarnock; Portmarnock Links; The Island.
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