Portmarnock Golf Club
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The Portmarnock links is built in unique style, fully using the natural given facilities of dunes and the perfect soil of the seaside. The challenging tees and greens, the typical weather conditions of a links would keep the most advanced players concentrating. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most luxurious golf resorts in Ireland where both professionals and amateurs can have a unique experience on the links which submerge the traditional features of the links with the modern way of play.
The history of Portmarnock goes back over a century. In 1893 a Scottish insurance broker, William Pickeman with his friend George Ross visited the land where they immediately realized it would perfectly suit for a finest golf course. At that time, the land was approached by only boat was owned by the famous whisky distiller, John Jameson. The land was only in private golf use by the owner form the mid of the nineteenth century. The public open for play dates back fifty years later, when it originally had nine holes to play. Some years after, in 1894 the course was extended to eighteen holes. Portmarnock is famous for its hosting important events such as the Irish Open and the Canada Cup.
Bernard Darwin once emphasized the distinctive feature of Portmarnock : "I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock". The statement in fact highlights how brutal the last five holes are.
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