Portmarnock Hotel Links Review

6,444 yards, par 71, links

This classic links course, featuring huge dunes, was designed by Bernhard Langer. It is built on a peninsula that juts out into the Irish Sea. The biggest compliment you can pay this course is that it looks like it has been here for 200 years. It features many elevated tees and greens and, typically, plenty of blind approach shots and doglegs. The prevailing sea breezes simply add to the challenge.

The 8th is a par 4 that features a blind approach to a small green. You then you head to the par 3, 9th hole, measuring 160 yards, but with run-off areas on three sides of the green.

The 16th is a par 4 that requires a carry of some 180 yards to reach the fairway - no mean feat if you are playing into the wind.

The 17th is a par 3 that requires a perfectly hit shot to find the green.

The final hole is a gentle left-to-right dogleg played from an elevated tee. The green is protected by bunkers on three sides.

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Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.