Since its opening in 1894, Portmarnock is arguably the best Championship Course in Ireland. It has hosted all of Irelands major championships from the Irish Ladies Close to the Irish Open and also some of the world’s biggest events including the Canada Cup, now the World Cup, in 1960, won by Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead, and the Walker Cup in 1991. Amongst the winners of nineteen Irish Open Championships were Bobby Locke, Sam Torrance, Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ben Crenshaw, Hubert Green, John O’Leary, Mark James, Ken Brown and Michael Campbell. Located 20 minutes from Dublin, this course is a must play. There is nothing man-made about this course - it's a natural links with water on three sides and at the mercy of the wind.
“There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shot making skills.”