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Portmarnock Resort Completes Multimillion-Euro Renovation Of Jameson Golf Links

By Robert McHugh
Portmarnock Resort Completes Multimillion-Euro Renovation Of Jameson Golf Links

Portmarnock Resort has completed the multimillion-euro renovation of its rebranded Jameson Golf Links, a two-year project that has seen numerous holes remodelled on the championship golf course.

Formerly known as Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, various modifications have been made to Bernhard Langer’s original 1995 design, including the elevation of many tee boxes and greens, to bring the sea closer to the course and to create panoramic views of North Dublin’s Velvet Strand and the famous island known locally as Ireland’s Eye.

Jameson Whiskey Dynasty

The work was led by Northland Real Estate Properties and the Gaglardi family, who took ownership of the resort in 2019, and the renovations masterminded by Jeff Lynch, director and senior architect at (re)GOLF.

The team noted that the course rebrand brings to life the ‘inextricable link’ between the land, the clubhouse, and the famous Jameson whiskey dynasty.

‘Coastal Experience’

“The layout here was already considered to be a fair challenge for most golfers – our aim was to enhance the link between the guest and the coastal experience,” said (re)GOLF’s Lynch.

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“We endeavoured to augment this natural connection at certain intervals throughout the course whilst complementing, if not adding, to the strategy of the layout.

“I believe we have delivered a handcrafted landscape for the golfer and the environment that all involved can be proud of.”

For All Abilities

Following the opening of the penultimate hole, lengthened to a 355-yard par four with a tabletop green complex and new bunkering, the course now plays as a par 72, measuring 7,266 yards off the back tees.

Although 100 yards longer than before, from the back tee, a more playable test is presented from three sets of forward tees and enhancements to landing areas.

The team at Portmarnock Resort hopes that the new bunkering ensures that golfers of all abilities can manage, and enjoy, their way around.

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‘Spectacular Dunescape’

“The aim was to make the most of our spectacular dunescape whilst heightening the golfing experience,” said Paul McCanny, director of golf at Jameson Golf Links.

“We believe Jameson Golf Links is now one of the best links golf experiences in Ireland.”