Portmarnock Golf Club

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Course Description

Portmarnock Golf Club is located on its own ancient peninsula, and lies to the north of Dublin close to the coastal town of Portmarnock amongst 500 acres. This historic club dates back to 1894 and started off as a nine hole course, extending to 18 holes in 1896, at this time the clubhouse with its iconic red roof was constructed. The course still retains much of its original layout, it has been enlarged over the years, with the only major change a new hole at the 15th, it is a course that has stood the test of time. This 18 hole championship course is a par 72, measuring 6,926 from the back tees. There are a total of 27 holes here, the final 9 being added in 1971.

This links course is laid out in two loops of nine that sit seamlessly on the curve of the coastline, it is the natural surrounding and environment that have played a large role in the success of this course. It benefits from a simple layout with no tricks or surprises thereby, offering a fair test of golf. There is an excellent layout and a great selection of holes here, with none of the holes running in the same direction, every shot presents a different challenge and there is only one blind shot. Features of the course come from the natural surroundings, in the form of bumps and hollows, it is well known for its sod-wall pot bunkers that are strategically placed throughout the course. The natural elements play a substantial part here as the course is at the mercy of the winds, it must always be considered before play as it can be difficult to judge its direction and strength, owing to the water on three sides. There are stunning views out over the coastline and out over the Irish Sea to Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island in the distance. The course is well known for its unforgettable set of five finishing holes, they provide a real challenge to even the most skilled golfer.

The course is in excellent condition and beautifully manicured, the slightly undulating greens are very quick and true, the fairways are wide and fair, there are traditional deep riveted bunkers and watch out for the swale in the run off areas.

It is difficult to sum up this quality historic and traditional course, a wonderful atmosphere, spectacular views, a magnificent course, a fair and rewarding game of golf, but these do not go any way in describing its attributes. The most effective way to put it is that at Portmarnock you will walk the same fairways which the greats of the game have walked, what else needs to be said.

Tournaments Held Here

  • Irish Open Professional Championship: A record total of 19 times most recently in 2003
  • World Cup of Golf (formerly Canada Cup): 1960
  • Walker Cup: 1991

Our Favourite Hole

Without question, it has to be the 15th hole, it is a par 3 measuring 190 yards from the medal tee. This hole is certainly the signature hole of the course and one of the most daunting Par 3's in golf.

The Irish Sea runs the length of this hole to the right, with a deep hollow on the left and three cavernous bunkers protect the front, it you veer slightly left to this right shaped tee you will end up in the sea. The architect who designed this hole as part of a course redevelopment in 1927 called it "my revenge on posterity."

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Course Information

Course Type: Links
Year Founded: 1894
Holes: 18
Course Architect: Fred Hawtree
Course Facilities:
  • Clubhouse
  • Driving Range
  • Golf Buggy Rental
  • Golf Caddies
  • Golf Club Rental
  • Golf Trolley Rental
  • Practice Area
  • Pro Shop
  • Putting Green
  • Restaurant
  • Teaching Golf Pro

Course Scorecard

Front Nine:


Pro Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pro Tee Par: 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4
Pro Tee Yards: 396 405 378 463 421 592 182 404 437
Pro Tee Metres: 362 370 346 423 385 541 166 369 400
Men's Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Men's Tee Par: 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4
Men's Tee Yards: 397 360 377 441 385 583 171 378 417
Men's Tee Metres: 363 329 345 403 352 533 156 346 381
Women's Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Women's Tee Par: 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4
Women's Tee Yards: 331 293 364 383 323 483 123 309 345
Women's Tee Metres: 303 268 333 350 295 442 112 283 315

Back Nine:


Pro Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Pro Tee Par: 4 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 4
Pro Tee Yards: 364 416 168 554 382 192 564 474 454
Pro Tee Metres: 333 380 154 507 349 176 516 433 415
Men's Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Men's Tee Par: 4 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 4
Men's Tee Yards: 364 414 148 549 387 190 527 445 393
Men's Tee Metres: 333 379 135 502 354 174 482 407 359
Women's Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Women's Tee Par: 4 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 4
Women's Tee Yards: 324 363 124 519 334 134 476 406 328
Women's Tee Metres: 296 332 113 475 305 123 435 371 300
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