Out and About: Dublin
Where to stay?
Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, this 4-Star hotel is situated in the perfect location to get to and from all the main courses around the Dublin area, and not to mention it is only about 20 minutes from the Dublin City Centre. The Portmarnock Hotel and Golf links has a fantastic 18-hole course onsite, brand new Spa and three great restaurants to choose from. Now that’s all great stuff to have at your standard Irish hotel, but The Portmarnock Hotel has quite a bit more history amongst its walls. The original family house of John Jameson (Jameson Irish Whiskey) is still part of this beautiful venue. Today this part of the hotel has been transformed into the Jameson Bar, where pints of Guinness are poured, great food is served and of course plenty of Jameson Whiskey to go around. With that said, the golf course isn’t missing any history either with 9 of this now 18-hole course being part of the Jameson family beachside estate. The Links Course at Portmarnock Hotel isn’t going to beat you up like some of the championship courses around Dublin, but isn’t a simple walk in the park either. This course is a great intro round to links style golf, especially if it is your first trip across the pond.
Where to play?
Topping my personal list of courses around Dublin would have to be The Island Golf Club. When making its start in Ireland, The Island Club was only accessible by boat, or you could walk if the tide was out. If the tide was in, and a storm was rolling through, golfers had no choice but to spend their night at the clubhouse bar until the weather cleared up. Moving to present day, this intricate golf course starts you off with 8 straight par 4’s, ends the front 9 with a par 3 and doesn’t offer a par 5 until the 10th hole. The historic Island Club should be included on every golfer’s itinerary when playing in Dublin.
Founded in 1894, the Portmarnock Old Course is one of the most famous courses around Ireland, and for good reason. From the moment, you step into the clubhouse you can see its decorated history along every wall, and feel as if you are walking with all the greats of the past. Once you start your round, and get to the first tee box you will find a tough yet beautiful first shot ahead of you. To your right, you have the ocean that runs all the way down to the green, and on the left the fairway is lined with multiple bunkers and tall fescue grass. Make sure to hit that first one straight to start of a spectacular round at Portmarnock Old.
Dublin has so many amazing links and parkland courses to offer. From the 2006 Ryder Cup, Palmer Course at the K Club to Rory Mcilory’s favourite links course The European Club, you can’t go wrong. Whether you are a scratch golfer looking to play 36 holes of rugged links golf every day, or a 30-handicap sneaking in one round, you will find what you are looking for in Dublin.
Things to see & do away from the course
If you have only had Guinness here in the States, then you have never truly tasted a Guinness. An absolute must while visiting Dublin is taking a tour of the Guinness factory. Nothing compares to having a fresh Irish Guinness directly from the source, and you will find that even when you are not in the mood for a drink you will still be craving a tall pint of Guinness.
Nightlife/ Local Pubs / Where to eat
For an unbeatable night out, simply make your way down to the Temple Bar area in the Dublin City Centre. This area has countless pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars all within walking distance of each other. While deciding where your group is going to eat, you can enjoy live bands along the side walk. This area of Dublin has so much to offer, each night will give you a different experience than the last.
Links style golf can be quite a different game if you haven’t played it before. Sometimes you need to grab a 7 Iron and bump your chip onto the green because if the wind is blowing hard, your wedge shot will probably end up behind you. Lastly, a tip from firsthand experience….if your driver isn’t overly consistent, irons are typically a pretty safe bet off the tee box on a windy day in Ireland.
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