COUNTY DUBLIN, Ireland -- The 27-hole Portmarnock Golf Club is the most revered links playground in Dublin.
Ranked 30th in the world by Golf Digest, Portmarnock dates to 1894 and has hosted 13 Irish Opens in the modern era of the European Tour, crowning champions from Ben Crenshaw in 1976 to Jose Maria Olazabal in 1990 and Michael Campbell in 2003.
The clubhouse celebrates this history with pictures and memorabilia hanging inside. The 7,466-yard championship course won't wow visitors with its views or heavy dune cover. It just pummels them with strong holes and length.
Portmarnock Golf Club's extra nine, added in the 1950s, plays just as strong, even offering two surprises the championship course can't: a scenic walk along the shore and an outstanding drivable par 4.