Portmarnock Golf Club
|Tournaments hosted||Irish Open|
|Designed by||William Pickeman|
|Course record||64, Thomas Bjørn|
Portmarnock Golf Club was established in 1894, and lies just North of Dublin, in Portmarnock, Fingal, Ireland. The course was laid out by William Pickeman on land owned by the distiller John Jameson, and originally consisted of just 9 holes, with another nine being added two years later.
Portmarnock was the venue for the first Irish Open in 1927, and has hosted the tournament on many occasions since, including 13 following its revival in 1975. Many other important golf tournaments have been held at the club, including the British Amateur Championship in 1949, the Walker Cup in 1991, and the Canada Cup in 1960.
The club has been at the centre of controversy, by continuing to bar women from becoming members. In 2003 the Equality Authority of Ireland brought a successful discrimination case in the Dublin District Court under which the club's drinks licence was suspended for 7 days. The finding was overturned in the High Court in 2005, and again in the Supreme Court in 2009, allowing the club to keep its men-only policy.
To play Portmarnock will cost between €145 and €175 per person. These are rates published at various online tee time websites and are July 2012 prices.
Portmarnock was voted the second best golf course in Ireland as featured in Golf Digest Ireland November 2011 edition.
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