By Dara Browne
Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
Located along the beautiful coast of the Irish Sea, is a golf course that cannot go amiss, beit for it’s captivating views, challenging conditions or charismatic nature.
Portmarnock Golf Club, opened in 1995, is currently ranked 16th in the Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland.
This links golf course was designed by German Professional Golfer and two times Masters Champion, Bernhard Langer.
Langer is an acclaimed figure in the golfing world, who has won the Irish Open three times and became the first official number one ranked player in 1986.
American architect Stan Eby aided Langer in his career change, helping him design a course that has challenged golfers of all ability at both amateur and professional level.
The challenging topography, stunning scenery and upscale hotel amenities are what attracts visitors to the club.
There are 98 strategically placed bunkers, deep pot bunkers throughout, complemented by gentle, luxurious fairways leading onto vast rolling greens.
This links course makes full use of the dunes and natural landscape, with elevated tees and greens and unforgiving sea breezes that brings an element of challenge to every round.
Portmarnock Links is one that is suitable for every golfer of any level to have an enjoyable game, whatever their handicap.
Meanwhile, Portmarnock Hotel can tend to your every pre and post game need. The grounds were once the home of the Jameson Dynasty and have now been converted into a paradise for golf and relaxation.
In 1858, the Jameson family developed the estate of St. Marnocks into a private 12 hole golf course that reached the spectacular Portmarnock terrain.
Portmarnock Links is the first golf course that International Management Group (IMG) developed in Ireland. The course has played host to a variety of high-profile tournaments including GUI, PGA and LET.
Just 13 minutes from Dublin Airport, this 4 star 131 bedroom hotel was voted “Golf Resort of the Year 2016,” for its perfectly balanced combination of luxury and tradition from the bedrooms through to the spa and dining facilities.
From fine dining to cosy drinks of age-old whiskey, the pubs and restaurants in Portmarnock Hotel have something for every palette.
Enjoy the Seaview Lounge for a quiet dining experience before heading to the Jameson Bar for a refreshing drink. Or you could go to the 1780 Restaurant or the Shibin Pub for some hearty grub.
An afternoon of elegance and delicacy can be enjoyed during Afternoon Tea in the Seaview, with the best views in the hotel of the ocean.
A variety of Irish teas and assortments of cakes and pastries can be complemented with the option of a few glasses of prosecco, to celebrate a winning round of golf.
The coastal location allows for breath-taking views over Ireland’s famous “Velvet Strand.” Nearby towns include Howth, famous for its cliff top trail and some of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland. Malahide is another nearby spot with an endless stretch of beaches, perfect for catching sunsets. Both areas are a mere five minutes from Portmarnock.
Portmarnock Hotel is a superb location for company outings and business meetings. Aside from the impeccable services at the hotel, including food and beverages on the 10th hole and a four course dinner afterwards, there are considerable benefits on the course.
The club offers a meet and greet with the professional staff who give extensive insights to the course and personalised advice for each player, recorded swing sequence for each person, and group photos with the company’s logo.
Buggies, caddies, clubs and carts are always available to rent from the pro shop. Carts and buggies available from €50 per cart and caddies are €55 per bag.
Professionals at Portmarnock club include Conor Russell, Brendan Walton and Niall Carbery.
Russell, Head of PGA Professional and Director of Golf at the club became the first PGA Professional at the club in 2017.
Brendan Walton is another PGA Professional at Portmarnock Club. The teaching professional has played at The Island Golf Club and California’s Bel-Air Country Club.
Walton returned from The Golden State to Roganstown Golf and Country Club as PGA professional and is teaching at the links course also.
Having previously worked with European Tour Player Gavin Moynihan, Walton brings knowledge and experience to the club.
The Course and Links Superintendent for the course is Fintan Brennan, a 4-handicap golfer who has managed the Ladies Irish Open in 2008 and 2009.
Brennan has recently devised the Green Tester device to measure green speed and reliability of surfaces, as well as improving Fescue domination levels of over 80 percent of putting ground.
Niall Carbery, Golf Sales Executive at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links has gradually moved up the ranks in the pro shop since he started in 2015.
Carbery oversees golf sales and reservations for groups, corporations and tours.
Set beside the Secret Garden, the Golf Shop stocks leading brands including Golfino, Oscar Jacobson, Galvin Green and Footjoy, as well as a wide variety of golf accessories.
Portmarnock Links is a treasure that is not to be overlooked. The impeccable playing grounds, competitive conditions and breathtaking views will leave you wanting to play endless rounds of golf.