Jameson Golf Links breathes new life into Portmarnock Resort

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Portmarnock has a long association with the Jameson whisky dynasty. Credit: Mel Maclaine (Momentum Golf Photography)

The award-winning Portmarnock Resort has renamed its championship golf course the Jameson Golf Links.

The relaunch of the links follows a significant and ambitious renovation of Bernhard Langer’s original 1995 design and is a nod to the resort’s long and storied association with the Jameson whisky dynasty, who called this piece of land home for almost a century from 1847. The renaming of Jameson Golf Links also ends any confusion with Portmarnock Golf Club, which borders the Portmarnock Resort but is a separate golf club.

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Jameson Links sits on the Dublin coast. Credit: Mel Maclaine (Momentum Golf Photography)

The original ‘Jameson’ links was given life by John Jameson III, the grandson of the founder of the Jameson Distillery, who built his own private golf course for friends and family who had travelled from Scotland. He and his wife, Anne, had five children with the youngest of them, William, born in what is now the hotel in 1851.

Three of the Jamesons, including John, are laid to rest in the graveyard to the right of the 1st hole.

Portmarnock Resort is tucked away on one of Ireland’s most beautiful stretches of uninterrupted coastline and has been a popular destination for golfers from all corners of the world since it opened thanks to its proximity to both Dublin International Airport and many more of Ireland’s most celebrated links. The renovation of Jameson Golf Links was led by Jeff Lynch at ReGolf Design, who introduced five new green complexes and four new teeing areas to ensure the resort remains a favourite golf destination on the Dublin golf coast.

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Jameson Golf Links boasts epic views. Credit: Mel Maclaine (Momentum Golf Photography)

A number of greens and tees have been raised to allow golfers to take in the incredible views not only of Portmarnock’s epic Velvet Strand beach, but the Dublin city skyline beyond. While the final 10 holes have been altered significantly, both the 12th and 14th holes – previously par-4s – have been redesigned as par 5s with the 12th green now providing incredible views of the Velvet Strand, Howth Head, Lambay and Ireland’s Eye. The 13 hole, once a par-5, is now a demanding par-4 and stroke index 1 on the scorecard, while the 15th has been shortened from a par-4 to a par-3. “Ireland is globally renowned as a golf destination and we’re proud to boast Dublin’s only coastal golf and hotel resort,” said Paul McCanny, director of golf. “With an exciting new brand and a re-invigorated layout, we can’t wait to welcome travelling golfers from across the world.”

Portmarnock Resort has also upgraded its award-winning hotel, with that blend of modern elegance and rich encapsulated by the quaint Irish charm of its famed and award-winning Jameson Bar.

*For more information on Jameson Golf Links visit  Portmarnock.com


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