Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
Tucked away in a quiet corner of ‘The Velvet Strand’, one of Ireland’s most stunning stretches of uninterrupted coastline - the historic Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, once the family home of the Jameson Dynasty, has been entirely reimagined to complement a breathtaking seaside location and to accommodate the busy, modern guest, just 15 minutes from Dublin International Airport.
With an award-winning Links Golf Course, an award-winning Spa, and two award-winning restaurants, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links appeals as much to the business traveller, as to the golf enthusiasts or the quiet-seekers in search of some coastal respite.
From the more active to fitness fans, the doorstep-beach spans a five-mile, pristine sandy stretch for before-breakfast joggers or for long romantic sunrise or sunset strolls.
The neighbouring picturesque fishing villages of Malahide and Howth offer celebrated specialist seafood fare and with Dublin City Centre and Grand Canal Dock less than a 25 minute drive away, there is quite literally, something for everyone.
Situated on the shoreline of a rugged peninsula, The Links Portmarnock was the first golf course that International Management Group (IMG) developed in Ireland and opened for play in 1995.
It was therefore fitting that Bernhard Langer chose this magnificent setting to design his first links course being a three time winner of the Irish Open at nearby Portmarnock Golf Club and The Royal Dublin Golf Club.
Along with architect Stan Eby they designed a course that is a challenge for all golfers, set in the grounds of the old Jameson Estate of St. Marnocks, the course has played host to professional and amateur events including 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open
The recent investment programme by new owners Kennedy Wilson includes, upgraded machinery, extensive upgrades of the course, the creation of a short game area, riveting of traditional links pot bunkers, grass pathway and enhancements that make full use of the dunes and natural terrain.
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