Royal Portmarnock Golf Course, Ireland (Eastcoast) July 2015
One of the top rated courses in the world, this classic seaside links was pricey but was an amazing experience. You are greeted by a host that guides you to either the dinning room (proper attire needed –no hats) or the practice area until your tee-time.
Breakfast or Lunch is included. We would recommend a late morning tee-time. Enjoy a hearty breakfast to fuel your walk! No Buggies (Golfcart) allowed unless you provide a medical note, but they have Trollies (Pullcarts) if you do not carry your clubs. You can arrange for a caddie for an additional fee, but are not needed as the yardage book (a must, 5 Euros) is well labeled.
Holes 12 – 15 are seaside with fantastic views and winds. Now apparently the winds we experienced was not windy at all for the locals, but be prepared for changes in weather – dress in layers and bring a light rain jacket.
Tons of fescue and deep bunkers with light fluffy sand, which makes it a smidge easier to escape (and according to Jeff the best bunkers he has ever hit from). Watch out for the blind tee-shot on hole 5, yardage books says to aim for two tall chimneys, but if it's cloudy they will not be in sight – rather, aim for the large white “dot” on the hill!
Jeff eagled the Par 5 6th Hole but didn't get to witness it - thankfully Liz was in view to see the ball drop from Jeff's pitch from the rough about 90 yards away (see photo below upper right!)