If you’re seeking some great links golfing near Dublin, head a few miles north to the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, where the luxury views and spectacular course conditions are sure to please any golf enthusiast. This historic land hails from the Whiskey producing Jameson Family as it was home to their summer retreat along the scenic five-kilometre Velvet Strand Beach. Whether you decide to stay and play or just come for a morning round, you’ll see why designer Bernhard Langer selected this unique location for the first links-style course he ever designed.
You walk to the first tee and take a moment to admire the views across the Irish Sea, over to the Eye of Ireland, and beyond to the Howth peninsula. From this angle, you get a sneak peek of the 18th green, and you’re impressed by the meticulously manicured grounds. After sinking your first putt, you stroll past 12th-century church ruins and a historic burial ground on the way to the second tee. On occasion throughout your round, you’re interrupted by the resident pheasants and wild hares. It’s hard to believe you’re golfing near Dublin, a major cosmopolitan city.
The course intrigues your senses, and you look forward to seeing what each new hole brings. The sound of the ocean can be heard in the distance, as you carefully try to avoid the newly refurbished, and impossibly deep sand traps that challenge your game. Nearing the end of your round, you stand at the back of the 18th tee and again take a moment to admire the views of the beach and the sea below before taking your time to par the last hole of the day.
After a few hours of walking and playing, you’ve become quite thirsty and decide its time to end this golf experience in Ireland the way the locals do. You step into the Hotel’s Jameson Bar, find a seat by the roaring fireplace and order a pint of Guinness. Golfing near Dublin at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links has proven to be a memorable Irish experience you won’t forget in a hurry.